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Classroom Library Organization

Organizing your classroom library is probably one of those things you never thought of until it was time to put it together. That’s how I was. I had accumulated a decently sized collection of books, and then I walked into a classroom where I was also given a good supply of books for my classroom library. I also had zero built in space for a library and I knew I needed to be shelving and

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Part-Part-Whole with Addition and Subtraction

Teaching part-part-whole relationships is critical while teaching addition and subtraction.  For students to build a solid understanding of addition and subtraction, they need to understand what each one represents.  While helpful when working with equations with unknowns in all areas, it’s imperative that students have a solid understanding of addition and subtraction so they’re able to apply both skills in real world scenarios.  Understanding part-part-whole is a much more effective strategy to teach for problem

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2019 Calendars for the Classroom

I have been creating and posting printable calendars for the classroom over the last several years.  I like these calendars because of their simple design, and notes space.  They’re perfect to print to give to students to track individual needs in the classroom.  They’re also perfect for printing and sending out to families.  New this year, I’ve also included an editable pdf version. This allows you to customize each of the calendars digitally before printing.  Just

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How to create and use custom avatars on Class Dojo

Self-Portrait Custom Class Dojo Avatars

I have been using Class Dojo for six years now in my first through third grade classes.  I’ve used it in a variety of ways, and have changed the way I use the points as rewards to best meet my students’ needs.  I love that I’m able to build student behavior plans right within Class Dojo and can individualize plans for students all within the same system.  It has saved me so much time and

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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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