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Note-Taking By Hand

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Learning how to take notes is an essential academic skill, yet is often falls by the wayside as teachers struggle to cover a large amount of content in their subject areas. Who Should Teach Note-Taking? It is unclear who should teach note-taking skills – is it the responsibility of English teachers, or does it fallRead more

Number Line Cooperative Group Activity

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Number Line Cooperative Group Activity Here is a low-prep math activity that will get your students working together and talking about math.  It is a great way to set the tone for your math class.  While the math work itself is very easy for most students, it will provide a great challenge because it isRead more

Growth Mindset in the Real Classroom

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Growth Mindset for Kids By now, most teachers have incorporated some aspects of “Growth Mindset” into their classrooms.  Students are taught to take strategic steps to build up areas that are harder for them.  Students are given positive language to use when tackling challenges. But students don’t live in a bubble.  They watch kids and adultsRead more

Value of a Number Dice Activity

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Dice Place Value Activity (Value of a Number) Here is an easy and low-prep group or solo activity for 2nd – 6th grade.  I used this with a 5/6 combo class as a quick place value review.  It is super easy to differentiate and the kids had a great time playing. Give each group ofRead more

50 Reasons People Homeschool

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Why Do People Homeschool? After working with homeschoolers for a 20+ years, we have encountered many types of children and families. Homeschooling is not a rare or strange occurrence anymore – it is mainstream and here to stay. Some of the reasons we have heard for homeschooling are wonderful, and some leave us wondering. OfRead more