Ready. Set. Go!

Tomorrow is open house for me, which means it has been crunch time in getting my classroom ready to go. It shouldn’t have been that difficult, because I decided to keep the same look from last year. I still really liked the bright colors, and to be quite honest, I didn’t feel like reinventing the […]

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Planning For The Year

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked is about planning for the school year. That’s a big question without a quick or easy answer. It depends on the situation you’re in at the moment. Planning For New Teachers Don’t rush out and try to do all the things. It’s not feasible, and you’ll likely

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Math Work Stations

Several years ago, I would have considered myself to be an anti-centers teacher.  I liked the idea of them, but I could not make them work in my classroom.  I tried really hard my first couple of years teaching, but they added so much work for me, and I wasn’t confident that my students were

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Teaching After Testing

By the time we finish testing, I’ve taught all, or most, of the standards, so I have a little more flexibility than normal. I certainly don’t want student learning to stop, but it keeping our momentum can be a challenge. As the school year winds down, it’s beneficial to both reteach and enrich. Student work

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