September 2012 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

3D Shapes and a Fall Sale

Every week I keep saying that I’m going to get a post up and going during the week.  Every week I don’t make it!  I’m heading to work in a few minutes and I’m hoping that I can get all caught up (and maybe a little ahead) so that I’ll have a bit more time during the week.  Maybe. First up, I have some exciting news.  I realized that the next TpT sale is still

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A look at self monitoring, and free posters to display in your classroom.


When I first started as a reading teacher, I was shocked by the amount of errors my students made without self-correcting.  I’m not talking about not being able to pronounce an unknown word or struggling with sounding one out.  I’m talking about students saying that “The dog meowed” and not stopping to figure out what the heck just happened.  And while that might be a slight exaggeration, it really was astonishing to me.  I quickly

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NWEA Resources and some Goodies

I’m hoping I can get back to weekday blogging soon.  Lately, I’ve had no energy when I’ve come home from  work.  And, this week, many nights I’ve had other plans.  I’m a little excited for fall because things start slowing down a bit.  I’ll also start working with students this week so I’ll actually have some information to share with all of you! 🙂 We just finished administering NWEA at my school.  Do you use

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Last Day of my Sweet Giveaways

Well it’s the last day of my 700 follower Sweet Giveaways.  (I apparently deleted my image and you all don’t mind if I don’t redownload it just to reupload it, do ya?!)  I’m sorta sad to see it end.  I’ve loved all of the comments and emails, but whew!  It’s been a tiring week.  Not to mention, I’ve caught this end of summer bug that’s been going around and have been sick and exhausted all

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Day 7 of my Sweet Giveaways!

Happy Friday!  First up, I’m over at Classroom DIY showing how I make my own tiles to do making words activities and to build phonological awareness.  There’s a freebie there for you as well.  Click the picture below to head on over and check it out! I’m so excited for today’s giveaways!  First up is the wonderful Jana from and she is letting me give away I also have this super adorable unit from Kelley

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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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