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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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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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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

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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

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Growth Mindset: A Goodbye Party

As our homeschool day comes to an end, I wanted to do a quick post about a “goodbye party” that we celebrated today.  We wanted to say GOODBYE to all the words that I hear way too often from the kids, “I can’t”, “too hard”, “I won’t”, and “I’m no good”.  I told the kids Read More