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Sharing Classroom Technology and Devices

Classroom Technology You Can Integrate and Share

Find, Share, Use, and Manage Your Classroom Technology When you share a classroom with 25 people, it’s almost impossible to have enough of anything for everyone to share.  It was always a great day when every student even had just their pencil.  But with technology becoming a more important tool in our lives, how do we make sure that students get the opportunity to use

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Blended Learning in Elementary

Yay! Blended Learning! Now What?

I’m really excited to share a little bit about blended learning in the elementary school classroom. My name is Jesi Luxon, and I have a passion for empowering young learners in the classroom.  If you take one thing from this post please know that blended learning is a process. It takes time for students and teachers to adjust to 1:1 devices in the classroom. I’d

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5 Tips for Engaging Students During Reader’s Workshop

Struggling to Engage Students During Reader’s Workshop? If you’ve been teaching for any length of time, chances are you have gone to your district’s training on implementing Reader’s Workshop. It can sound very overwhelming to think about your students reading for 40 minutes straight. I bet you can think of those students in your class right now who are “fake reading.” They stare at their

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Journaling for Students Using Improv

Journaling Ideas for Kids using IMPROV!

Awesome Ideas for Student Journaling Using Improv I’m so excited to share with you one of the many ways to make your english learning classes fun. Adding a dash of journaling and improvisational theatre. Both are great modalities for learning something deeper while the students are following the fun. Hope to hear how this might work out in your class!”  -Alan In education and in

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Benchmark Assessment Data Strategies

Making the Most Out of Your Benchmark Assessment Data

Benchmark Assessments Sometime soon, you’ll be asked to administer a benchmark assessment to your students. (MAJOR EYE ROLLS! (For real- The acronym BA is far too close to BM!) What exactly is a benchmark assessment for? All through your teacher preparation in college, you heard the terms formative assessment and summative assessment. Both of those are vital parts of teaching students. But what they didn’t

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Legacy Projects – Ideas that Keep on Giving

Should you do a Legacy Project with your students? The end of the year is approaching fast, you’ve already taught the entire curriculum, and you’re looking for something fun to fill those last few days.  Have your students do a legacy project! I concocted the term “legacy project” several years ago when I prioritized station work and hands-on-activities in my classroom. My first legacy project

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Easter Coloring

For help using the coloring tools, you can watch the video below. Tip: If you see the PICTURE icon (it looks like a book,) you can click it to see more pictures you can color. Tip #2: If one of the black lines does not connect fully to close a shape, you can use the brush tool to finish the line so your paint won’t “leak”

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anchor charts, word walls, and videos

Anchor Charts, Word Walls, and Video, Oh my!

How-To Create a Video Anchor Wall If you’re like most teachers, you have probably used Word Walls and Anchor Charts in your classroom! Both are wonderful resources for students.  They are designed to continue supporting students as they transition from one skill to the next. In this post, I’m going to show you how you can combine the best of Word Walls with the best

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Self-Checking Google Sheets Activity

5 Steps to Create Self-Checking Activities with Google Sheets

Click for a FREE copy! Formative Assessment is an Important Part of Learning I love that education has taken a turn toward standards-based learning! In my early years, everything was grade averages and completion. Nowadays, there’s a greater push toward mastery.  In a perfect world, emphasis is on the learning process, and grades are only assigned once learning has  been completed. Since we don’t need

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