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Helping the “Bad Seed”

It amazes me how many students come into my class already believing (and acting like) they are the “bad kid”. It’s a dangerous path. How do, we as elementary teachers, offer them a way out? A new path? Strategies to Break the Cycle: It’s hard for kids to identify another way once they’ve labeled themselves… Continue reading Helping the “Bad Seed”

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Why I Broke Up with the Reading Log & What I Do Instead

Reading logs. Similar to saying, "I'll wait", or assigning a back-to-school essay about how students spent their summer, reading logs are a classroom tradition that has been passed down for generations. Listen, I understand the purpose. Teachers with great intentions want to hold their students accountable for their reading.  But is there a better way?  Where… Continue reading Why I Broke Up with the Reading Log & What I Do Instead

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Following the Olympics in the Classroom

The beauty of using the Olympics in the classroom is that there is built-in excitement. Subjects that students can find boring - fraction, research, graphing - are suddenly made fresh and fun using the real-life from the Games. Below you'll find a few ways we incorporate the Olympic games into our classroom.        … Continue reading Following the Olympics in the Classroom

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Teaching Similes & Metaphors

  What's the deal with similes and metaphors? Why are similes as easy for students to grasp as 1+1, but metaphors are a map without a key? See what I did there? Hilarious I know. What's not hilarious, is how many times I've pulled my hair out over students struggling to differentiate between the two. If you're… Continue reading Teaching Similes & Metaphors