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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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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

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Differentiating Vocabulary to Reach All Students in Social Studies and Science

  Teachers need to reach students of all ability levels in one classroom. You have English Language Learners, gifted students, and each one of your students has different background experiences that play a role in how they receive information. You may have support for reading and math classes. Since these subjects are assessed using standardized Read More