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Why Specialists ROCK!

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For many students, the best part of school happens not during the hours of reading, writing, and math instruction, but during “specials” time. These enrichment classes, including art, music, PE, and technology, provide kids with opportunities to explore, create, and enhance their lives.  Specials also give students access to inspirational teachers.  We’ve rounded up someRead more

Why My Grade Level ROCKS

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Each grade level has its perks – and its quirks.  We’ve talked to some of the best teachers in the biz and compiled some great reasons about why teaching THEIR grade is the best.  If you are scared to make a grade level change, or want to know some of the advantages of teaching atRead more

Brain Dump SCOOT for the Upper Grades

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If you are getting ready to kick off a new unit, and want a no-prep, no-planning idea to get kids in the zone, here’s something I tried last week that worked great.  It’s sort of a takeoff on a SCOOT activity that is so popular in the primary grades, but with a twist for older students.Read more

How to Prepare High School Students for Their First Job

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The focus on offering rigorous courses in high school makes it difficult for teachers to find the time to teach “real world” skills to their students. Sometimes these non-academic skills leave the most lasting impressions. Teaching high school students interviewing skills is meaningful and useful. Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas for implementing anRead more

8 Great Secondary Math Pinterest Boards

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Are you a middle or high school math teacher looking for great teaching ideas/blog posts/resources, but are afraid that a quick click on Pinterest may lead you down a never-ending rabbit hole?  We have scoured Pinterest for 8 great secondary math boards to save you time and provide plenty of math “Pinspiration.”  Enjoy! Math TeachingRead more

9 Elementary Math Pinterest Boards You Should Follow

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Finding great quality images on Pinterest can turn a “let me check Pinterest for something really quick” into an “I’ve been on Pinterest for 3 hours and still don’t know what I’m teaching tomorrow” affair.  Do you want to find some great content without losing your mind, or the next 3 hours of your life? Read more

Copywork for the Modern Classroom

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What the Heck is Copywork? Copywork is a practice that is common in the homeschooling community, but seldom makes an appearance in today’s “modern” classrooms.  It is exactly what it sounds like – students “copying” the writing of other people with the primary goal of improving the student’s handwriting.  Each day, or a few days eachRead more

Why I Don’t Drink Soda in Front of My Students

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When I was in fourth grade, I had a nice enough teacher, Mrs. Adams. Every day after lunch, she would crack open an icy cold soda and place it on her desk. I would stare at it longingly. I was instantly parched. She would sip on it between sentences and throw it away at theRead more

Coordinate Grid Activity Part 2

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This is a great activity to get ALL of your students learning about and using coordinate grids.  My students had a blast doing this activity.  It’s especially great for students who are tactile/kinesthetic learners.  Click here to read our previous blog post about how to create a coordinate grid with your class. Materials Coordinate GridRead more

Coordinate Grid Team Building Activity

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To kick off the second semester, and to give my math students a team-building experience, I decided to do a hands-on activity with coordinate grids.  I did this with a mixed-ability group of 5th and 6th graders. Set up I put a sample coordinate grid up on the document camera, and told the students thatRead more