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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - March 18, 2017
After teaching fourth grade for the past 20 years (!), I was getting a little tired of assigning (& reading) a typical California missions report. I j...
From Tried and True Teaching Tools - January 15, 2017
Well, we survived our first week back to school (after 3 weeks off!) and it rained. EVERY. DAY. Now to some of you, that may be normal, but for us in ...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - January 02, 2017
Happy New Year!! I love the beginning of a new year; it's always a fresh start. (You know, making those resolutions to eat healthier, work out more, b...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - November 12, 2016
Where did the last month go?! Fall is in full-swing with math workshop! I've found that when we spend enough time early in the year on place value and...
From Tried and True Teaching Tools - September 15, 2016
For some reason, place value is sometimes a difficult concept for students to grasp.  Place value flip books? Check. Building with Base 10 pieces? C...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 25, 2016
We're getting close to the end of our summer collaborative book study. Today we're reviewing Chapter 8: Assessment for Growth Mindset. This book is FU...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 13, 2016
I'm in denial that school is starting (with students) in just 4 days! There's always so much to think about when planning, not to mention classroom se...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 04, 2016
I'm so glad you've joined our collaborative Book Study on Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler! If you've missed the first few chapters, no worries; yo...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - March 12, 2017
New science standards. . . this year has been a learning curve for me! Not only are there the new Next Generation Science Standards , but I hadn't ta...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - January 07, 2017
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - December 27, 2016
Memorizing vocabulary lists. . . blech! As my students read, they write words on sticky notes: words they are unsure of, feel are important, or words...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - October 09, 2016
There's just something about technology that motivates my students! Practice multiplication? Groans fill the room. Practice the same multiplication B...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - September 11, 2016
So much focus these days is on memorization of facts, but that does not require real thinking.  (In fact, Dr. Jo Boaler from Stanford University, cl...
From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 22, 2016
What do we stand for? That's a pretty abstract, heavy question to ask 8 and 9 year olds. . . Our school year began last week and instead of focusing o...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 11, 2016
Welcome to Chapter 6 of our Mathematical Mindsets Collaborative Book Study! I'm so glad you're joining us, but if you missed the first few chapters, y...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 01, 2016
High on my list of classroom (& life!) priorities is the ability to work well with others and use teamwork to achieve a common goal. Great for the beg...
From Tried and True Teaching Tools - March 10, 2017
Asking students to describe a character or write about a character often leads to physical descriptions: "The boy is 9. He has black hair and brown e...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - January 06, 2017
Yesssss! $75 to spend in teacher resources? I know money is tight after the holidays, so this is the perfect time to win a $75 gift card to TpT!   I'...
From Tried and True Teaching Tools - December 23, 2016
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - September 24, 2016
Although I've taught fourth grade for the last 20 years, either my grade level partner or a science teacher had taught science. My specialty was Socia...
From Tried and True Teaching Tools - September 10, 2016
I know I have work to do when I mention science and students groan. Whaaaat?! Who doesn't love science? Solution? Play-Doh! Linking up today with Lau...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 18, 2016
This is my first week back to school & what an awesome start! From the first day, we've been following Jo Boaler's Week of Inspirational Math plans. ...
From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 08, 2016
I'm so happy to introduce you to my Southern belle friend, Tammy over at Tarheelstate Teacher ! One of the favorite parts of our school day is Mornin...
From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 01, 2016
Don't you wish you could have bought stock in post-it notes when they were first invented?! Not only do I use them daily, but my students use them to...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - January 05, 2017
Idioms and figurative language are always so much fun to teach, although they can be confusing to our English learners (or any of our students who do...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - December 12, 2016
Are you counting down the days until Winter Break? My students are wiggly with anticipation of vacation and the holidays.  How to keep teaching? Here...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - September 22, 2016
There's nothing like a good STEM challenge created by my friend, Kerry Tracy , to motivate students and engage them in problem solving and engineerin...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - September 01, 2016
I can't believe this is the last chapter of our summer book study! (And since Labor Day is this weekend, it is still summer, right? Although it's been...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 15, 2016
Summer flew by & I finally finished a few things on my "To Do" list! I'm happy to be linking up today with Tara, over at 4th Grade Frolics . My class...
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From Tried and True Teaching Tools - August 06, 2016
I love walking into my classroom before the start of the new school year: floors mopped & waxed, desks scrubbed down, and the smell of clean! It's not...
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