December 2013 - Tales from Outside the Classroom

Common Core Math Practice

I’m coming to you live from sunny San Francisco, California!  I flew in Christmas Eve and am leaving New Years Eve.  We’ve been doing a ton of walking, and I’m currently doing a bit of extra relaxing before we head out for the day.  My lower back is killing me and we still have one more round of sight seeing to do here before we head back south tomorrow. When I get back, one of

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I’m still tired!

Yesterday was my first official Christmas party as a classroom teacher.  It also happens that we don’t have room parents or parent volunteers to help with our parties.  And, also, my Friday special got moved to Thursday since the art teacher didn’t want them after a party.  I’m flexible like that.  It also meant that we had the entire stinking day together.  What’s a teacher to do?  Lose her mind. Well, the morning was relatively

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My Truth Monday: Favorite App

I’m linking up again with Denise from Sunny Days in Second Grade for her My Truth Monday.  This week is your favorite app. I spent a while thinking.  I probably most love Pinterest.  I’m a teensy bit obsessed.  I’ve recently spent a lot of hours browsing their humor feed laughing to myself hysterically.  Seriously, if you’re having a bad day, check it out.  Or, you can follow my I Loled board here. I’m also obsessed

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#Love4SH

  As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School.  We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children.  We honor their memory with our service.  Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook. #love4SH

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Area and Perimeter unit

Elving Around with Area & Perimeter

December is usually the point in the year where I’m sort of freaking out about state testing coming up in spring.  So much seems to be happening, the unknown of snow days in winter is looming, and I start to stress about not having enough time.  I try to incorporate fun tasks into our days to keep engagement high and the holidays are a great way to bring fun into our learning while keeping things

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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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