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Back to School with Hurricane Harvey

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Coming back to school this year was as normal as any other year could be. I had my room decorated and ready to go with all my students’ names on their desks. I had the first day packets hot off the copier. My Texan’s classroom was ready to go! We started on Monday, August 21st. Of course we didn’t get much done the first day because of the solar eclipse. Who’s idea was it to start the first day of…

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Using Binders in the Classroom

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Binders in the Classroom

I LOVE using binders in the classroom. They are such a great way to stay organized. Every year I setup my students’ binders at the beginning of the year. I teach them how to use them and stay organized all year long. They use them to take home with their homework. Here are 7 ways you can use binders in your classroom. I love the last way! Make sure to check it out. It even has DIY directions. I’m definitely…

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Get Ready for Back to School in the Summer

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Summer is about more than just hanging out at the beach and drinking tasty cocktails.  You’ll get more done when you take your drink to the computer with you! That’s how you can get better results with your summer – or at least be more prepared for the school year.  But as we all know we don’t get to hang out at the beach all summer. The truth is, even though we are on summer vacation we are already thinking about the…

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Fun Math Games for Kids


I know I’m always looking for ways to make math fun and educational at the same time. Every kid learns math a different way. Some learn math concepts with songs, real world scenarios, or with games! I am always looking for fun math games to use while my kids are in stations. It’s awesome when they are playing a game that is educational and fun at the same time. Here’s a list of 10 math games, including board games, printable games, and…

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Beginning Reader- My Daugther

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It has been quite a while since I have worked with a beginning reader. For the past several years I have worked with transitional and fluent readers in my 3rd grade classroom. Now I have a beginning reader in my home. My daughter has started Kindergarten this year and I have really enjoyed watching her begin to read. My little girl is definitely the light of my world!What to use with beginning readers I was fortunate enough to receive a copy…

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Fun Test Prep- 5 Easy Ideas

5 fun test prep ideas

Fun test prep that is rigorous can sometimes be difficult to find. Is this the way your students look at you when you start your test prep? OH NO! This is not what you want to deal with for the next several weeks of reviewing for the state test. I want to share with you FIVE FUN  test prep ideas that have worked well with my students. Hopefully you won’t see this look again. 1.  Scavenger Hunt with Task Cards Task cards are…

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Camp Write Along


It’s that time of the year! Writing test time. Ugh! In Texas the 4th graders have to take the Writing STAAR test. So now it is time to start reviewing for the test. One of the traditions at our school is Camp Write Along. The kids that have been at our school for a while always look forward to it. It really is helpful and you can definitely see a huge growth in the student’s writing. This is what my…

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Test Prep Giveaway


It’s that time of the year! TESTING SEASON. I don’t know about you, but I need all the help I can get preparing my kids for the STAAR test. I have teamed up with some great TEXAS teachers to bring you a giveaway for WRITING, SCIENCE, MATH and READING!  We’re also giving away a TPT GIFT CARD! To get started, just find the subject area below that you are interested in and enter the giveaway. Don’t forget to enter for the TPT…

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DIY Classroom Decor

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I’m always looking for some easy DIY classroom decor. Quill has come up with easy ways to “Jazz Up” your classroom. Below you will learn how to make almost anything in your class a chalkboard with chalkboard paint. Maybe you want some easy ideas for storing classroom supplies, scroll down to see what you can do. There are also some directions on how to create crate benches below. Finally make sure to read all the way to the bottom to see…

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Plan a Christmas Vacation- Math Project


It’s Christmas time and you still need to teach the math standards but your students aren’t focused on learning. All they can think about are the presents they want for the holidays.  What can you do to keep your students engaged with math? Let them plan their Christmas Vacation! This is a fun math activity to do with a group of students. I had groups of 3 to 4 kids work together to plan a Christmas vacation for a friend…

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