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Building Fact Fluency with 5 in a Row

5 in a Row: Building Fact Fluency

Fact fluency routines are often filled with worksheets and timed activities.  They do have their place in the classroom, but they’re not very engaging.  While I’ve definitely learned that fact fluency does not mean 1 second recall and strict timing systems, I also firmly believe that having a strong memorization of facts helps students focus their mental effort and energy on the larger math skills at hand.  It’s important to build fact fluency in students.

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YouTube science channels

9 YouTube Channels to Help You Teach Science

I’m always looking for new videos to show my kids, especially when it comes to the content areas where I feel like I don’t have enough resources.  We have an old science textbook, and we get FOSS kits, but there’s so much more to show students for them to really understand science concepts.  I’ll be honest and say that my content areas get planned last, I don’t have nearly enough time to teach them, and

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Whole Class Classroom Management Reinforcement

A New Look at Classroom Management with Whole Class Rewards

Every few years you get a group of kids that help you become a better teacher, and this year is that group for me.  They need a lot of positive reinforcement and are high energy.  My engagement strategy toolbox has increased as I’ve tried out new methods to keep them interested in our lessons and our learning.  My classroom management continues to evolve and improve.  They’ve already made tremendous gains and I’ve seen some critical

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Curriculum Mapping

Curriculum Mapping with Excel

I’m so excited to be joining in with some friends to bring you some Back to School Survival Tips.  At the bottom of this post is a linky so you can check out ideas from each of us on how to start the new year off on the right foot!  I’ve done curriculum mapping in a variety of ways the last couple years.  From completely mapping everything for multiple grade levels without any textbook, to

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Word Work Ideas for grades 2-4

Word Work in the Middle Grades

As a third grade teacher, I find that my word work center activities cover a variety of skills.  I want my students to review and refine their sight word knowledge specifically focused on the correct spelling of many high frequency words.  I want them to apply the phonics skills from the previous years and our current year’s instruction.  I want them to begin to recognize and apply affixes and have a base level understanding of

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