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C. Jayne Teach

Have you heard of C. Jayne Teach and her fantastic Teacher Anchor?  Last year, I saw it floating around blog land.  I love all things organization, especially planners.  I ordered a personalized planner this year (non-teaching), and then ended up buying another one because it wasn’t juuuuust right.  I am so excited to see the new Teacher Anchor and how it’s been cleaned up and simplified for teachers.  Plus it’s FREE shipping and you can’t

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Problem Solving Practice

This is the time of year when it all comes together.  The hours and hours of hard work are on the line for the big, important state test.  Kids are not only practicing the skills they’ve learned this year, but also applying them with increasing difficulty. Early in the year, I shared this image of our problem solving wall. We start practicing problem solving very early on in the year.  No matter how much we

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Tessa’s Designs and Some Updates

I have been away from blogging the last month or so.  It was the end of the quarter and we had report cards and conferences.  I’ve had a cold that won’t go away.  And spring just has seemed to be refusing to arrive, thus putting a damper on my spirits.  I have been busy in other ways though. I don’t think I’ve shared here before, but a while back in December, I decided to open

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Book Look: Freedom River

I’ve decided to do a new, regular feature on my blog called Book Look.  There are SO many fantastic trade books out there that it’s so hard to know about all of them.  Plus, new ones keep coming out.  I thought it would be fun to share many of them with you.  I already have a Children’s Books tab on my website, but I’m terrible at updating it, so this will help me stick to

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3rd Grade Story Problems for March

We finished up our first round of state testing this week, and have our next test coming up the following week.  As much as I felt I had given my kids enough practice with story problems, I apparently hadn’t, because many of them did not do as well as I had expected on the math test.  Of course, this was just from over the shoulder peeking, but the first thing that jumped out was that

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