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6 Easy Gingerbread Activities for Upper Elementary Students

6 Easy Gingerbread Activities for Upper Elementary Students

The weeks before a holiday break can be the most fun - and the most stressful - for a teacher.  Your students are ansty and ready for a break. And honestly, so are you!  But you know you still have to keep some sort of order in your class until that last bell rings. ...

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How to Plan Lessons More Effectively

How to Plan Lessons More Effectively

Many times as teachers we end up trying to plan for a week at a time (maybe two if we are lucky), and rarely have time to consider any sort of long-range planning. If this situation sounds familiar, my advice would be to take time (sooner rather than later) and do a deep dive into your standards.

Differentiated Instruction With Mastery Grading

Differentiated Instruction With Mastery Grading

Teaching your students to effectively participate in this process makes determining the learning needs of your students easier. Once you know the learning needs of your students, you can differentiate instruction.

American History Interactive Notebooks

American History Interactive Notebooks

Research shows that writing notes by hand and interacting with information being learned increases comprehension and retention. My students’ scores supported those findings, and my love of interactive notebooks began.

How To De-Stress Lesson Planning

How To De-Stress Lesson Planning

One of the biggest shifts that helped me with my lesson planning was when I stopped planning individual lessons and started developing units.

Strategies To Engage Students In Lessons

Strategies To Engage Students In Lessons

I do believe that learning how to make your lessons more student-centered can make a world of difference. Here are some of my favorite strategies to get students engaged in learning.

Help Parents Feel More Like Partners

Help Parents Feel More Like Partners

It can be hard for teachers and families to get on the same page, but students need to know both families and teachers are on the same team: theirs. How can you make parents become partners with you in their student’s education journey?

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  • I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
  • I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and move around.
  • Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
  • Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
  • School should be fun! We party in my class!