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60 Treat Tags For Student Rewards

60 Treat Tags For Student Rewards

Have you ever looked for a simple and easy way to celebrate an occasion in your classroom?  I have too, but what teacher has the time to prep anything extra?  This is exactly why I created these treat tags! Treat tags are easy to prepare and use in your classroom. ...

Earth Day Lesson Ideas

Earth Day Lesson Ideas

Happy April!  I LOVE this month. For those of you who live up north, you finally get that spring feeling - flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and the air is getting warmer.  In Florida, we like to pretend it’s spring, but, in reality, summer has begun.  April...

Blooket: A New Way To Review

Blooket: A New Way To Review

Have you heard of Blooket?! Blooket is a fun and engaging way to review concepts in your classroom - online or in person.  I wanted to know more about this game-based review, so I reached out to the Blooket team. I was able to connect with Ben, a member of the Blooket...

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60 Treat Tags For Student Rewards

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Ever looked for an easy way to celebrate an occasion in your classroom? I have too, but who has the time to prep anything extra? Treat tags are easy to prepare and use. 

Earth Day Lesson Ideas

Earth Day Lesson Ideas

Earth Day is the perfect day to focus your students’ attention on the planet we live on. I have exactly what you need to make a great thematic lesson for Earth Day.

Blooket: A New Way To Review

Blooket: A New Way To Review

Blooket is an engaging way to review concepts in your classroom. I connected with a member of the Blooket team and he answered my questions!

Engaging Word Work

Since I will only be teaching language arts and social studies next year, I have been doing a lot of reading on best practices.  Many teachers are blogging about using the Daily 5 successfully, and I think I may give it a try next year.  When I...

Making Magic in the Classroom

Inspiration comes in the strangest places.  Mine came in Vegas while shopping for a gift for my son.  After looking at a lot of $30 t-shirts that I was NOT about to buy for a kid that ends up wearing every meal, I was desperate.  Desperate!  I...

Reflections on a School Year: What Worked!

I have to say that reading blogs and becoming part of the TPT community really helped me to find some great new classroom management and curriculum ideas.  (Okay, they were new to ME.)  Classroom management has never my best or easiest skill, and this last year was...

Visual Perception in Children

Have you ever had a student that struggled to identity letters or shapes?  Yes, some students do reverse letters, but I mean students that have a hard time even matching a cross with a cross or a circle with a circle.  This difficulty may be a sign that the...

Problems with Eye Movements

Have you ever had a students who moved his or her whole head when the read?  If you did, he or she looked a little bit like a chicken pecking corn. You probably wondered how in the world they could read like that.The answer: they couldn't.What are Eye...

Sign of Double Vision in Students

Double vision is fairly common among children.  It is estimated that about two children in every classroom have double vision.  Double vision is also called eye teaming.Like many other vision problems, signs of double vision become more prevalent after 3rd...

How to Make Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts: Clipboards

Okay, so I like to pretend that I am a craft-goddess when I can.  In my head I can make absolutely AMAZING things.  In real life....not so much.  I mean, I am not all thumbs, but I am definitely not giving Martha Stewart a run for her money.  So...

Vision Accommodation In Children

With my son, we were very responsible.  He always went to yearly check-ups, and when he turned five I took him for his vision eye exam.  He had 20/20 vision until 2nd grade, when he was prescribed glasses for 20/25 vision. I was so excited - maybe this was...

Why Won’t My Student Read?

Have you ever had a student that seemed bright, but just refused to read or made silly mistakes when he or she read?  That was my son.Don't Compare Your ChildrenOn the one hand I had my daughter. My daughter began reading about halfway through kindergarten and...

Easy Ways to Teach Prefixes

Hey Everyone, If you are like me, testing is just around the corner.  My class this year is fairly strong in reading, but not in math.  Since I am spending so much time on math, I want to make sure that I am really focusing on the language arts...

3 Fun Activities to Use Before Winter Break

When does your winter break start?  We have the entire week of Christmas off, so we are down to 5 days. But as any teacher knows, each day will get harder and harder as the kids get crazier.  What do you do to keep the kids on task? Last week I made a list of what I...

How to Make Personalized Ornaments for Your Class

Are you crafty?  Do you enjoy staying up late and creating pretty things?  I know I do - although they are not always as pretty as I saw in my mind's eye.Last year, I made two different types of ornaments - one that the students finished and one that I made...

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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!