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Oct 15, 2018 Connecting with Parents ›

The air is growing crisp and the school year is starting to settle in. Maybe you have started to feel like you are back in the swing of things and your routines are actually routine. That can only mean one thing – parent conferences are right around the corner! The first parent conference can give […]

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Oct 09, 2018 Overcoming Math Anxiety ›

Math anxiety has been coming up a lot lately and for good reason. Anxiety toward mathematics can begin as early as 5 years old and persist into adulthood. Multiple studies have shown that math anxiety can negatively affect math achievement, see examples here, here, and here. To develop deeper mathematical conceptual understanding, it takes time, […]

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Oct 08, 2018 3 Ways to Get Your Students Up and Active ›

“Mrs. Foxwell, I love coming into your classroom, because I never know what I’m going to find!” one of my classroom aides said to me as she walked in on my students and I exercising during math class. We were in the middle of our place value unit and were counting out numbers, by doing […]

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Oct 01, 2018 3 Tips for Building an Anti-Bullying School Culture ›

October is bullying prevention month. As a teacher, I had a vision of ensuring that the students I taught would not only learn English, but that they would become empathetic people and treat others with respect. A teacher, I thought, should create an environment that encourages this effort beyond just words or posters on the […]

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Sep 25, 2018 Assessing Knowledge and Cleverness in the Math Classroom ›

It took me many years of teaching to figure out that my well-intended attempts to make mathematics easy for my students were stifling their creativity. I was preparing them to take tests that I would create, and the obvious expectation was that I would prepare them for those tests. In some sense, posing a problem […]

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Sep 24, 2018 3 Ways To Cope With Change ›

Change. To some people, that word evokes many different types of emotions: excitement, fear, anxiety, and anticipation. Maybe you are experiencing some change as the school year progresses. From new standards, to a move, to a new role in your school, change can happen unexpectedly, but what matters is how we respond to it. We […]

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Sep 17, 2018 Getting to Know Students on a Personal Level ›

Martin Luther King said, “The good neighbor looks beyond those external accidents, and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and therefore brothers” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Strength to Love). As educators, it is important to be inclusive of everyone, but how does that happen? How can we ensure that our students bring […]

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Sep 10, 2018 The Power of Student Choice ›

Student choice is a powerful tool for transforming classrooms! It’s a cost free, low prep, and high impact way to engage all learners. It can feel scary to give up some control to students, but giving students the power of choice in the classroom does not mean that a classroom is unruly. Rather this gradual […]

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Sep 10, 2018 Reading is Not Just a Grade! ›

My heart broke when a former student’s mom told me that her now 6th grade son, Dan, didn’t like to read anymore. I literally cried out, “NO! What happened? He used to love to read in first grade!” He told his mom that, “The teacher assigns all of our books and the only reason we […]

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Sep 04, 2018 Don’t Cut Your Read Aloud! ›

Time is the never-ending struggle in the classroom. I hear it over and over again and trust me, I understand the difficulty of fitting everything into a single day. Sadly, when the to-dos begin to outnumber the minutes of the day, teachers often cut out their read aloud time. Yet, read alouds are too valuable […]

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