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Journal writing in the classroom

Journal Prompt Writing in the Classroom

I used to use journal prompts as a quick and easy center, or in my morning work rotation.  Over time, I started to only use prompts during the first couple weeks of the school year when we weren’t quite into our regular routines and I needed something students could easily do without having to spend too much time on procedures and expectations.  Then, those journals would sit in the students’ desks for months at a

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How to Land that Teaching Position

How To Land that Teaching Position

Looking and interviewing for a teaching position, especially your first one or a new one after a long time in your current one, is stressful and intimidating.  You want to be confident, but not too confident where you give off the vibe that you are set in your current methods.  You want to show your knowledge and skill set, but also are nervous and probably aren’t speaking as precisely and eloquently as you’d like.  You

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Time-saving tips for teachers

Time Saving Tips for Teachers

As teachers, we often feel like we don’t have enough time.  Between administrative tasks, compiling and analyzing data, parent communication, lesson planning, and grading, it can quickly become overwhelming.  I spend entirely too much time talking with peers, and too little time being productive, and so I’m always feeling like I need to catch up and these time-saving tips help me keep my sanity. I’ve picked up lots of little tricks along the way: some

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Schools are not the problem

Schools are Not the Problem

This topic has long been heavy on my heart.  I’ve privately preached about my frustrations with our society’s, and our bureaucracy’s views on education in America.  This morning, I read this speech from U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy Devos and it convinced me that I can, and should, do more than preach privately. A school’s struggles are our society’s struggles.  You can’t “fix” schools without fixing the larger issues outside of schools. This post

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The Why & How of Number Sense

 “If you are a parent of a child in the K-12 system, there is today just one thing you should ensure your offspring has mastered in the math class by the time they graduate: number sense.”  Dr. Keith Devlin, mathematician at Stanford University   Number sense is the single best indicator of students’ success in math.  It is critical in the Common Core State Standards in math, and is the reason curriculum companies have built

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