2012 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

PQA and Constructed Response

None of us want to admit it, but test prep is a crucial part of many of our jobs.  We have to introduce kids to the format of the test before they get to the test.  We have to teach them how to respond to the sort of questions the test will ask them.  And we have to teach them to read and answer thoroughly and completely. I don’t know about you, but most of

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RACK

This the first year I’ve heard of RACK {Random Acts of Christmas Kindness}.  Back in college we participated in RAK {Random Acts of Kindness} each year.  I’ve known the concept for a long time, and try to encourage others to do it.  Buying others’ orders at the drive thru is a common practice.  My friend said at Starbucks a couple weeks back that the lady told her she was the 20th something car in a

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Best and Brightest Linky

I spent my day being lazy today.  There’s so much I need to do to get ready to host Christmas dinner, but I did none of it today.  I guess that means that’s how I’ll be spending my Christmas eve since I’m sitting here blogging (and watching The Sound of Music) instead of cleaning.  I decided to link up with Christina Bainbridge’s Best and Brightest linky party. My most viewed post of the year (which

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Back to Reality

It might seem weird to you that I’m talking about math and scissors today.  I get that.  But, for me, I need to go back to reality.  So much of work today was focused on our safety procedures and looking at everything with a new eye.  I need to move on.  Not to forget the terrible things that happened, but to remember that there’s so much more out there.  So much good.  So much I

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A tutorial

I’m a hands-on learner.  I learn best by doing.  And as I’ve been in this blogging and TpT adventure, I learned a few tricks along the way!  I thought I could do a lot of creating on my own, but little did I know, there were so many tricks out there that would make things easier! First, I prefer Publisher.  There are some things I like about Powerpoint (hello, saving all the slides with one

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.

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