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Building the Perfect Class

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What is Class Building? Many parents are unaware that most schools practice the art of “class building.”  At the end of each school year, teachers and administrators all over the country meet in their respective schools to build classes for the next year.  This practice is designed to “balance” classes. How is Class Building Done?Read more

The Introverted Teacher

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There is a lot of information out there about working with kids with different learning styles and personalities.  We learn about auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners.  We read about multiple intelligences and emotional IQ.  We even learn about extroverted and introverted students.  But what about teachers?  What if a teacher falls outside of the typicalRead 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

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

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

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

Getting to Know Your Students

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The beginning of the school year brings with it fresh faces and a chance to connect with an entirely new group of kiddos.  But how can teachers really get to know their students, and make it happen relatively quickly? Survey Their Parents First off, if you want to really get to know your students, talkRead more