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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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Guided Reading- What do I do with fluent readers?

Guided reading has been around for over 15 years. One of my graduate classes was on Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading. It worked great in the younger grades for teaching small group. I used it with my 1st graders for a couple of years and started using it in 2nd grade.  It was

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How to Review Poetry

You’ve taught all the standards and now it is time to review before the big test. How are you going to review poetry? This is one of the standards that my class is still struggling with. As I was going around during the Mock STAAR test, the students were doing

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September 11th in the classroom

It was my first year of teaching on September 11th, 2001. We had been in school less than 30 days. Many of us still remember that day in 2001 like it was yesterday whether you were a teacher or a student in the classroom. Our world drastically changed that day,

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Back to School Struggles

Am I the only one struggling with Back to School time this year? I know I have a lot of other things going on in my life but, this year seems to be extremely difficult. When you look on Pinterest and Facebook you see all the wonderful posts about

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Getting Ready for Back to School

It’s that time again! Have you started getting ready for back to school? I’m linking up with Where the Magic Happens for another great week of the Diggin’ series. This week I’m going to be looking at some ways that I get ready for back to school. These  pictures are from

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Back to the Archives- Making Paint Bucket Seats

I’m linking up with Sweet Rhyme and going back to the archives for this post- making Paint Bucket Seats. I originally linked up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It on August 4, 2013.  I made Paint Bucket Seats for my classroom. I have really loved using the buckets

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Working With Challenging Kids

Working with challenging kids is always tough. I think that is one of the most difficult jobs of teaching these days. I am always looking for new tips and reading books on how to reach these children. This week I am linking up with Comprehension Connection to share some tips I

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Why am I a teacher

So have you ever asked yourself, “Why am I a teacher?” Or have other people asked you, ” Why do you teach?” What do you say? I have told people it’s because I love being around children. I enjoy seeing the look in a child’s eye when they finally get

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Classroom Environment

I finally have my classroom environment set up! It has taken me longer than I expected. Moving classrooms and changing themes definitely took a while. I love that I have an atrium attached to my class. I can open the sliding glass door and my students can read outside or do

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Calming Lotion

Does your class ever get cranky? Do you sometimes need a little extra love? Calming lotion is something that is used by your students or teachers when they just need a little extra love or if they’re cranky. Calming Lotion So calming lotion is no magic potion. It actually comes

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