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Getting Started With Hexagonal Thinking

Getting Started With Hexagonal Thinking

Have you heard of hexagonal thinking? It has been around for a while, but it has recently become popular with teachers.  Hexagonal thinking is an activity that allows individuals and teams to think about what they have learned and to make connections between ideas....

Test Prep Strategies For Elementary And Middle School

Test Prep Strategies For Elementary And Middle School

Teachers all know students need to review skills - or lose them. Many times, elementary and middle school teachers wait until right before the state exam and cram in test prep review at the last minute. While better than nothing, there are more effective strategies to...

Strategies For Using Novels In Your Classroom

Strategies For Using Novels In Your Classroom

As a child, I absolutely hated reading from basal readers. I found it very frustrating to get into a story and then never find out the ending. I hated reading only those excerpts. So often, I could tell it was just a small part of a larger story. I wanted to read the...

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Getting Started With Hexagonal Thinking

Getting Started With Hexagonal Thinking

Have you heard of hexagonal thinking? Hexagonal thinking is an activity that allows individuals and teams to think about what they have learned and to make connections between ideas.

4th Grade Math BEST Standards

4th Grade Math BEST Standards

What can fourth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

3rd Grade Math BEST Standards

3rd Grade Math BEST Standards

What can third grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

2nd Grade Math BEST Standards

2nd Grade Math BEST Standards

What can second grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for math? How do they compare to the MAFS standards?

6th Grade ELA BEST Standards

6th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can sixthd grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards?

5th Grade ELA BEST Standards

5th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can fifth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards?

4th Grade ELA BEST Standards

4th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can fourth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards?

Ideas For The Last Week Of School

Ideas For The Last Week Of School

How do you keep the learning going when everyone – students and teachers – are ready for summer? Here are some of my favorite ideas for the last weeks of school!

BEST Standards Posters & Checklists Teacher Resources

BEST Standards Posters & Checklists Teacher Resources

Over the next school year, Florida’s ELA and Math standards will be replaced with B.E.S.T. To help teachers prepare for the BEST standards, I am updating all of my Posters and Checklists to the new standards.

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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!