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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.  These time-saving tips help me keep my sanity. I’ve picked up lots of little tricks along the way: some of

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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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2018 Printable Calendars

Last year I created my own monthly calendars and used them both at home and at school.  I had a lot of requests to share my 2018 Calendars with you all, so I’m sharing them here with you today along with some of the ideas for how I use them.  They’re black and white so they’re easy on the ink, and they’re a pretty simple look so they can be used for virtually anything you

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Amazon Echo & Alexa in the classroom

Amazon Echo and Alexa in the Classroom

On Amazon Prime Day this summer I bought an Amazon Echo Dot.  I had recently spent some time playing around with an Echo at a friend’s house and I quickly fell in love with it.  It’s a completely unnecessary piece of technology, but it helps my laziness you quickly and easily solve a few different tasks in the classroom.  The Amazon Echo has stronger speakers than the Dot but the Dot functions just fine in

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Guided Reading: Organization and Planning Tips

As a first and second grade teacher, my guided reading time is probably the most important and crucial time of my day.  It’s where the magic happens: where students become readers.  It also can be cumbersome and quickly dominate my planning time.  I’ve had up to 6 different reading groups at a time with levels ranging from A to M in first grade!  That’s a ton of levels to plan for, a ton of skills

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