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Book Roundup: Books for Military Kids, Families, and Teaching

As we approach the holidays, students and children of military families will especially miss their parents who are serving our country.  I’ve compiled a list of the best books for military families and for military students during the holidays and all year.  These books remind us of the sacrifices that parents and children make for Read More

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My #Iwishmyteacherknew Mistakes…and a freebie!

  I remember seeing “I wish my teacher knew” ideas on Pinterest a few years ago.  Without any planning or research, I thought it was a cute idea and that I should try it in my classroom.  I had NO IDEA there was a book, suggestions, and a whole community around this! I just quickly Read More

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Fall and Halloween Read Aloud Favorites

  Are you looking for some awesome fall and Halloween read-alouds? Here is my list of some of my favorites!  They are in no particular order.  My students have loved them and so will yours, enjoy! Room on the Broom is an adorable rhyming story about a witch who makes “room on the broom” for several Read More

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5 Tips for Effective Student Goal Setting with Templates

5 Tips for Effective Student Goal Setting A huge part of student empowerment is building intrinsic motivation.  Students need to set their own goals that are meaningful to them and also accomplish the behaviors and goals of the classroom. Tip 1:  Keep It Simple: Goals don’t always have to be these huge things for the Read More

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Dry Erase Jenga – A write and wipe game to practice MANY skills in the classroom

Students and teachers LOVE the idea of an engaging, classic game that we all enjoy to practice skills.  This quick weekend or evening project will give you a reusable center or reinforcement idea that is versatile and long lasting! Dry erase Jenga (wood tower game) is the PERFECT way to engage students in practicing math Read More

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Increase Growth with Student Led IEP Meetings

Student led IEP meetings can be scary to think about.  There is already enough stress around the IEP meeting itself.  There’s planning, data collection, parent concerns, input from an entire team of people… It seems that there wouldn’t be more time to prepare and plan for the student to take a more active role. (For Read More

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Student Led Conferences: Tips, Tricks, and Templates

Student led conferences were beneficial to my classroom because they helped me to prepare for conferences a little earlier, empowered my students, and taught them life skills. The benefits for students are increased: self advocacy self reliance self awareness responsibility for grades and classroom behaviors ability to present information to others Teachers often deal with Read More

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50 Acts of Kindness for the Classroom

Promoting acts of kindness teaches empathy and good citizenship.  This compilation will give you 50 acts of kindness that you can use in your classroom to engage your students in acts of kindness that they can do at school. Hold the door open for the person behind you. Let a classmate go in front of Read More

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Classroom Behavior Management: How to Stop Lecturing and Start Questioning

An age-old practice for teachers when a student misbehaves in class is to take the student out in the hallway for a “talk”.  Except, it’s usually not a talk, its a one way conversation.  The teacher tells the student what he or she did wrong, why they can’t behave that way, and asks if they Read More

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Using Positive Affirmations in the Classroom

My biggest classroom secret, in my special education classroom – positive affirmations. Others saw it as a waste of time, I saw it as an investment of time that directly and positively affected achievement. Growth mindset is all the rage in schools these days. When we think positive thoughts, positive things happen. It’s easy to Read More