Category Archive: Other

Aug 29

Morning Bootcamp: Getting Back to the School Morning Routine

After a summer of long, luxurious mornings there are few things as discommodius as the stressful, time-crunched, bleary-eyed mornings that accompany the start of the school year. Fear not! This year I have a plan.   A week before school starts sit down with your kids and write down a routine that works for your …

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Jul 25

Combinations of 10

Why Learn the Combinations of 10 Students who are able to commit the number combinations that add up to 10 (0 + 10, 1 + 9, 2 + 8, etc.) to memory will be more adept at performing mental calculations in the future. Instant recall of these number combinations is fundamental to not only learning the basic math …

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Jul 02

Spelling Problems Solved!

It always feels incredibly nice when something seemingly completely unrelated suddenly becomes the perfect solution for a nagging problem.  For instance, a random rubber band becomes the perfect solution to opening a persistently stubborn lid on a jar of pickles.  Or a stretched paper clip becomes the just right answer to an accidentally locked door. …

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May 30

Paleo-friendly, Kid-approved, Work-morning Breakfast… Is that even possible? YES!

We attempt to eat Paleo at my house.  Let me rephrase that… I attempt to eat Paleo and everyone else is forced into submission because I’m the cook. However, I have to admit that even though I am the cook my success rate is not exactly 100 percent! My husband has been known to completely boycott …

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May 19

Father’s Day Design Challenge 2016

Mistakes… I spend a great deal of time helping my students embrace them. At home, I have sat with a teary eyed child on my lap a countless number of times reminding that mistakes are a good thing.  They are opportunities to learn, to grow, to become stronger. Besides that, they are an inevitable part …

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Apr 03

Not Just for Easter: A Preposition Scavenger Hunt

It was 11:39 on a Wednesday night and I sat wearily on the edge of the bar stool at my kitchen’s island.  My laptop glowed in front of me.  With a final click, I sent my Amazon order into cyberspace. “Done,” I thought to myself with satisfaction, “another item to check off my list.” With …

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Mar 01

Love the List

Last week was a bad week. After receiving an angry letter from the library about some admittedly very overdue books, missing the due date of an important assignment in a class I am taking and realizing at 4:50 on Thursday evening that I had forgotten my daughter’s dance class that started at 4:45 I felt as …

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Feb 26

Exit Tickets: New Spins on a Tried and True Method

Did they get what I just taught them?  It’s a question educators are continually asking themselves.  Exit Tickets are a powerful interactive student response system intended to give the teacher at any grade level a quick “snapshot” of what students have learned, what they are still questioning, or even what prior knowledge they might be …

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Jan 26

Visualization: 3 Things You Need to Know

As a fairly new teacher, I will never forget the look on a certain student’s face when I suggested that a movie plays in my mind every time I read a book.  This student, a member of my high school Title One Reading Class, was a bubbly, lovable girl who often had plenty to say, …

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Dec 10

My Quest for a Treat-Free/Trinket-Free Christmas Advent Calendar

Every year I craft a Christmas advent calendar for my three daughters.  I first came up with this idea a few years ago through Parents Magazine.  They included a very clever idea for an advent calendar in their December issue. I have included a link at the bottom of this post to a video on …

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