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Are you looking to simplify your work wardrobe?

This past year I had enough with the ridiculous routine I had for getting ready. I had an entire walk-in closet full, minus the small corner my husband had left to use. I could never find anything and I hardly ever wore most of the pieces. A lot of them had shrunk or just didn’t fit the same after washing. After years and years of this,

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Give students ownership

At the beginning of the year I used to write down every student username and password – for their one and only school account. Once we got our 1:1 devices, it seemed like they needed an account for every app and website. I could no longer keep track of everything for all of my students.

Have students record their usernames and passwords for each account and keep it in a safe place.

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When I first started teaching we had a dedicated hour block for social studies. A few years later, it was 45 minutes. Then 30… and finally zero. Every year I became increasingly frustrated because learning about history is important for so many reasons!

  1. Social studies allows students to learn about and discuss culture.
  2. Students learn research skills that will be important later in life.
  3. Social studies provides students with an understanding of why things are the way they are.

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Reward Tags

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Positive reinforcement is a big deal in my classroom. Although I would love for my students to already be intrinsically motivated to do well, I know realistically that kids do well when they set goals and are rewarded for meeting those goals. Not only do rewards help me recognize the unique accomplishments and talents of individual students, but they allow us to practice celebrating each other’s accomplishments.

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Classroom Wishlist

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As we head back to school, I have a HUGE list of must-haves for my classroom. Some of it I’ll purchase myself before school starts, and some of the bigger items I’ll be creating a Donor’s Choose project for (did you know you can do a Donor’s Choose for Amazon items?

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Our last writing unit of the year is here! Hello Creative Narrative! Our primary unit is space themed (find it here), but I like to incorporate creative narrative into our reading block as well with some great mentor texts!

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