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Test Prep Reading Stations


It’s time for test prep and you are tired of the same boring day-to-day schedule. The kids get burned out and nobody wants to do one more assessment. What is a teacher to do? One way to change-up your schedule is to have some test prep reading stations. I know this sounds too simple but this has definitely been a huge game changer for my classroom. This year my team also tried it with their kids and they also saw…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year in the Classroom

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a fun way to celebrate diversity in the classroom. There are some many great books and activities that you can do with your kids. This is one of my favorite holidays to teach my students about. I am fortunate enough to have grown up with many Vietnamese friends. I also teach in the same community and have had many Vietnamese students throughout the years. In the Vietnamese culture the celebration is called Lunar New Year. Some…

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Bouncy Bands in the classroom

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Have you ever had students in your classroom that just can’t sit still? So you put them in the back of the classroom so they can stand up to do their work. Then they begin to push their desk or chair around. Now they are being noisy for the other students and no one is focused on their work. So what can we do to help our kids? What can we do to get them focused on their work. I…

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Back to School with Hurricane Harvey

back to school

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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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

back to school

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

beginning reader

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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