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One of the curses of our well-connected modern lives is that sometimes things get too well-connected –- as in that jumble of extension cords nesting in my desk drawer. Here are some strategies to unravel the mess.
When we use picture books to support math lessons, students are not only excited to learn math in a different way, but they also come to associate the feel-good joy of reading with math. This week I’ll share some of the ways I use picture books...
Four ideas for activities that allow students to reflect on their experiences after a natural disaster, clear up misconceptions, and provide an academic focus and feeling of empowerment
Did you know that Dr. Seuss coined the word “nerd,” or that the @ symbol is nearly five hundred years old? My students do, thanks to a freewheeling unit that started with reading Frindle and is now an on-going passion project!
It's never to soon to begin teaching children about college! Here are four fun ways to help elementary students explore how college will help them reach their goals.
When the majority of my “charting” takes place on my document camera, and the charts that I do create with my students tend to be scribbled in shorthand, how important is it to hang up beautiful Pinterest-worthy “chart art”? Here are my real, no-...
Host an academic dress-up event with a Vocabulary Parade!
Alycia shares what she learned when she started using Storia in her classroom last spring. With a semester of Storia use under her belt, here’s her new and improved plan for introducing independent eReading with Storia this year.
Here are five fun activities Alycia uses to introduce integers. Let’s embrace the other side of the number line!
Alycia steers clear of the "spelling wars" to share her middle-of-the-road approach to differentiated spelling instruction. With a step-by-step demonstration of how spelling works in her classroom and of all the printable documents that support...