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Did you know that the month of April is National Financial Literacy Month? This is a great time of the year to work with your students on financial literacy! Whether or not your standards explicitly include financial literacy,

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What you should be doing the week before the state test

For years I dreaded the week before the state test. There were SO many standards students still needed to master before the test came, and I knew I didn’t have enough time. After a while I realized that putting that much stress on myself and on my students wasn’t helping anyone.

If you’re like me and know you need to make a change in how you handle the week before the state test,

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Welcome!  I am a secondary science teacher in an urban district in upstate NY.  I am taught Earth Science, Biology, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, as well as middle school integrated science. I am excited to share some strategies with you to help your students be more successful.  You can see more of my teaching ideas and resources at my website.

Many times I teach students content, and I do believe that they know the content.  

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project-based learning in 30 minutes

One of the reasons I’ve heard teachers give for not trying project-based learning is that their time is SO limited. I completely understand having very limited class time. I’ve often wondered how our recesses are getting shorter and shorter, but we still don’t seem to have enough class time to get everything done.

If you’re interested in trying PBL, but time isn’t on your side, try this process to fit it in:

Break the project into bitesize pieces.
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student engagement

Engagement is a fickle thing. A student has an off day and becomes disengaged. Your lesson doesn’t interest your students as much as you thought it would and engagement goes down. It happens to the best of us. What I dread the most (and I’m sure you do too) is the drop in engagement that happens at the end of the year or close to any school break.

Create authentic learning opportunities

As we approach a break,

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5 Ways to help reluctant writers | If you have students that struggle to write, read this post!


It’s no secret that kids struggle with writing. Writing is an art form and takes years and years to master. Here are some ways to help your reluctant writers begin their journey!

Give them engaging topics

I often find that giving them too many choices can make it even more difficult for them to write. This is why I almost never say “write about anything”. Provide students with inspiration by giving them articles to spark their interest.

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