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Using the World as Your Classroom

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Field trips take time, planning, and a little bit of bravery on the part of the accompanying teachers.  Is it really worth all of the hassle and resources it takes to bring students on field trips?  We believe that field trips offer advantages that cannot be equaled in the classroom setting.  Here are a fewRead more

Looks Like, Sounds Like – Character Trait Anchor Chart

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What is a Looks Like/Sounds Like Chart? A“Looks Like, Sounds Like” anchor chart is a great way to discuss character traits or academic traits that you’d like to emphasize in your class. What Age/Grade Range is Appropriate for This Activity? I especially enjoy the effectiveness of this activity for students in Grades 2-4. You canRead more

7 Reasons You Need to Teach Cursive

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With the rise of technology and the multitude of standards that teachers are asked to cover, cursive writing has quickly fallen by the wayside.  Some of the high school students I’ve worked with type all of their work and have little or no experience with cursive writing.  While technically a legal “signature” may be printedRead more

Highlighted Handwriting Paper

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One of the biggest things that early writers struggle with is using the appropriate letter size.  All of a student’s letters start looking the same size, making the writing difficult to read.  Traditional primary paper includes dashed lines, but sometimes this isn’t enough to keep kids writing their letters neatly. What is it? Highlighted handwritingRead more

How School Administrators Can Improve the Staff Development Experience

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Ask any teacher what they think about their regular staff development meetings and you’ll likely hear a course of groans.  It’s not that teachers are opposed to professional development.  In fact, most teachers would classify themselves as “life-long learners.”  But those weekly face-to-face staff meetings are dreaded by many and loathed by the rest.  WhyRead more

Matching Kids to Curriculum

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Matching Kids to Curriculum Oftentimes schools and districts will purchase a set of curriculum and teachers are asked to use it, regardless of whether or not it meets the needs of their students. Homeschool parents, and teachers with more flexible administrators, may have the ability to make purchasing decisions and/or supplement their prescribed curricula. HereRead more

Do You Have the Right Skills To Homeschool?

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Making the decision to homeschool is a difficult one for most people. Sure, there are some parents who know from the get-go that homeschooling is their path, but the “unlikely” homeschooler is becoming more common. Here’s what it takes (and doesn’t take) to be a good homeschooler. It Doesn’t Take – Experience Sure having aRead more

Hundreds Chart Shake-Out

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Hundreds Chart Shake-Out Here’s a quick and easy activity for your class, small groups, or individual math students. Use your pocket chart with individual hundreds cards (as you can see from the picture, I have had to re-create a few of mine over the years). In front of your students (they love this part), invert yourRead more

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