December in our Classroom

Is there a teacher out there who breezes through December?  If so, I need her tips because December kicks my butt every year.  This year, things seemed to be crazier than normal.  As a Fine Arts magnet school each grade level gets a month each year to showcase what we’ve been learning and applying it to the fine arts.  It’s amazing.  I wish I had photos to show you of our planning and projects and

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Holiday Gift Giving

This time of year I’m always on the hunt for the perfect gift.  I tend to stress about giving gifts because I want them to be perfect.  I want the receiver to know I put a lot of thought into them and I want the gift to be something meaningful to them.  That’s why we give gifts anyway, right?  Here are ideas for gifts for the people in your lives. Gifts for Students $1 books

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Merry Little Tips

I don’t know about you, but I’m not looking forward to the next few weeks of school.  This week I had 3 days off, and sure that’s restful.  I even convinced myself that I didn’t need to spend time at school doing any of the million things I need to do.  I just needed to spend a few days away from school.  For my sanity. But the next few weeks are going to be crazy.

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A Collection of Bright Ideas

Early on this year, a group of bloggers that I admire tossed around the idea of doing a monthly link up of “bright ideas” with no strings attached.  No freebies.  No products.  Just great, often simple, ideas that make a difference in our classrooms.  I’ve been so excited to participate in it often throughout this year, sharing ideas that work for me and my students. This year, I showcased a variety of posts from management

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Sight word shakers are an easy center.

Sight Word Shakers

I receive office supplies from Shoplet.com from time to time to try out.  I was super excited when these Astrobright sets arrived at my house. I received the Neon Astrobrights colored paper and the Happy Astrobrights colored card stock sets.   I generally just use the colored paper that my school supplies and I rarely, rarely have used card stock.  Well, after using both of these sets, I don’t think I’ll be going back to either.  I

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