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Organizing Your Google Classroom

Customizing Your Google Classroom Headers

Honest Truth: Organizing my pantry is something I NEVER do- well almost never. But on those very rare occasions that I break down and do it, I feel like a brand new woman! There’s just something about how order and beauty (well, as beautiful as cans of veggies and boxes of cereal can be) makes you feel. Keeping your Google Classroom organized can give you

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DIY Face Shield

DIY Transparent Splash Guards for Students

Things We’ve Never Had to Think About When Planning for Back to School I’ve planned for A LOT of back-to-schools, and never once have I had to consider masks, face shields, sanitization schedules, spacing desks, and the list goes on.  We are in uncharted territory, for sure! For those of you that will be headed back to the classroom, masks are something you’ll have to

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A Letter to Teachers New to Distance Learning

To all you hard working, dedicated, making-it-happen teachers: Dear fellow teachers, If you are reading this, then you are among the elite. You are the hero that runs toward the fire and not away. Nothing in your training has quite prepared you for what we are facing right now, an unprecedented scenario in our era. Yet here you are. As great teachers always do, you’re

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5 Main Ideas to Teach Main Idea in Elementary

It may seem silly to read about ideas to help you teach main idea! It seems like such a simple… well… idea! But, even though the main idea of a text is the most central and important underlying idea, it can often be difficult for young students to recognize. Most main idea practice is just that – practice. Many textbook worksheets have students read a

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Remote Learning Free Workshop

FREE Remote Learning Workshop – 6 Doable Lessons

Remote Learning:How You Can Use Regular Resources to Teach Students Even When They’re Not in the Classroom It’s official.  Hundreds of districts have shut their school doors, and students will be remote learning in the coming weeks. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of teaching your students in a remote learning setting, then this free workshop might be the perfect way to help you

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Make Every Minute Count: 5 Ideas to Keep Your Students Engaged and Learning

As a teacher, you probably know how difficult it can be to fit all of your responsibilities, ideas, and daily to-do list items into one school day! But, even with your busy schedule, you may have small pockets of free time when you don’t have anything planned with your students.  It’s during these times, like the last five minutes before dismissal, that you can make

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Use these 8 exciting ways to teach parts of speech to elementary school students in your next lesson plan or unit!

8 Exciting Ways to Teach Parts of Speech to Elementary School Students

You may remember learning about parts of speech oh, so long ago in your own elementary school days. Perhaps your teacher just discussed the different parts of speech and then handed out a worksheet or Daily Oral Language (DOL), expecting you to figure out how to use the parts of speech in an actual sentence.  How intimidating is that? But learning about the different parts of

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