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binders in the classroom

Using Binders in the Classroom

I LOVE using binders in the classroom. They are such a great way to stay organized. Binders in the Classroom 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

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Get Ready for Back to School in the Summer

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

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beginning reader

Beginning Reader- My Daugther

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

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5 fun test prep ideas

Fun Test Prep- 5 Easy 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 review? 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

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camp write along

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

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Easy DIY Classroom Decor

DIY Classroom Decor

I’m always looking for some easy DIY classroom decor. Quill has come up with easy ways to “Jazz Up” your classroom. Easy DIY Classroom decor 1. Below you will learn how to make almost anything in your class a chalkboard with chalkboard paint. 2. Maybe you want some easy ideas

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Plan a Christmas Vacation in Orlando

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! Math

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Back to School Tips

It’s back to school time! There’s  so much going on that sometimes I don’t even know where to start. It feels like I’m being pulled in all directions. Well I need to remind myself that I’m not Superwoman and I need to stop and take a deep breath. I will do what

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sub plans

Sub Plans- Ready for an emergency

Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  You’ve been up all night with your 3-year-old daughter because she has been throwing up all night. You are worn out and your daughter is laying on top of you in your bed because you haven’t changed her sheets yet. She can’t go

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Classroom Cleaning Hacks

I really like my classroom to look nice and clean. We all know that after about 2 weeks into the school year, things start to look dingy. The white boards are no longer white, they are kind of grayish, yellowish color. I’m really not sure what color that is. They

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