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New Year Teaching Ideas

Almost every teaching idea about New Year’s Day focuses on making resolutions. I wanted to create something different for teachers, and I wanted it to be something that had a variety of ideas. Of course it had be able to done virtually and it had to look good. Oh, and

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student kanban board in google sheets

Digital Kanban Board for Students

If you’ve got students or a child struggling to keep track of assignments or feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work they need to accomplish, a Kanban board may be the answer. A Kanban board is simple to use, motivating, and has proven its usefulness over decades. It’s odd to

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teddy-bear-crossing-signs

Teddy Bear Crossing Bear Hunt Signs

Have you see the cute Bear Hunt movement that’s sweeping the country as kiddos find themselves isolated from peers and normal social interaction? How it works is that neighbors put teddy bears in their windows, and children try to spot the bears. It’s adorable. Want to see some in action

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Progress cards from Gifted Guru - Freebie for helping check in with students

Progress Cards

Monitoring students as they work independently or in groups can be tricksty. Here are issues I’ve encountered: I can’t tell who’s done and who’s not. Students who have questions raise their hands and sigh loudly when I don’t magically appear next to their desks. (Bonus for heavy sighs followed by

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CONTIG math game - freebie

CONTIG Math Game

I love CONTIG, the math game that requires nothing more than the board, some dice, and a score sheet. I learned about at a conference years ago, and it’s been a fave ever since. It’s a great game because it works equally well for families and classrooms. How to Play

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HOmework Help - The Homework Plan and Checklist

Homework Help: Using the Homework Plan and Checklist

Homework Help is a Checklist Away Homework causes stress in homes across the country. Probably the world, really. I wrote some tips for avoiding the homework battle recently, and one of tips I suggested was to use a homework checklist. I looked around and couldn’t find any that I loved,

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Free printable Christmas bookmarks

Free Printable Christmas Bookmarks

I’m sharing a set of free printable Christmas bookmarks I made with all of you because if you’re like me, you’re giving some books as gifts this holiday season. I’m sharing some book recommendations, too! About the Bookmarks I designed these Christmas bookmarks in color and in black and white

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The Key to Excellent Lesson Plans

The Key to Excellent Lesson Plans

The key to excellent lesson plans is deceptively simple. It is a single question every teacher must ask when planning. The question is this: What will happen in the life of the learner as a result of this lesson? The role of objectives. Do you see that this is bigger

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Reading Buddies – Ideas and a Freebie

Reading Buddies can improve reading fluency, decrease anxiety in reluctant or stressed readers, and add a bit of cuddly fun to reading, making it even more pleasurable than it usually is! A Reading Buddy can be another student, or, as I’m going to talk about here, a stuffed animal or

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Christmas Story Collection – Free Audio Download

There’s nothing like a wonderful Christmas story to get you in the holiday season, and I’ve recorded a few of my favorites for free download. I’ve annotated the list to share why I think it’s a great shareable story. You can click on each title or image to hear or

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Why I Joined Teachers Pay Teachers

I recently joined Teachers Pay Teachers as a seller, and I thought I’d share why I joined Teachers Pay Teachers & what I think so far. It started with a friend’s suggestion Like so many things in my life, it began with the suggestion of a friend of mine. Laurie Westphal

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