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I Have to Go Back to School…But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

The selfie craze has officially swept the nation, so I see no reason to ignore this as we head into the new school year. Before we begin, let’s start this post with a selfie, shall we? This is my pre-7:00 A.M. selfie, hence the coffee and my expression—we will try…

How to Save Your Stations (And Your Sanity!)

It’s confession time. I am awesome at making stations. Math, literacy—you name it. I’m even pretty good at remembering to print, laminate, and cut them in time for their debut in the classroom. Storing them? That’s a completely different story. When it comes to saving my station materials in a…

A Shark Week FREEBIE!

All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love! One way I love to keep my kids engaged in the first…

Back-to-School LIFESAVER

 I am so excited to announce that Educents.com is having a HUGE back-to-school blowout sale and I am going to be featured in one of the curriculum bundles! From July 30 – August 2 (Wednesday – Saturday), they are bringing back all of their favorite and most popular bundles for…

A Very Hungry Bright Idea

I came across this bright idea a month too late, as our Eric Carle unit was finished. But you bet your bottom dollar I’ll be making this bad boy next year–it’s too cute not to! I found this lovely and incredibly easy idea when I visited my friend who had…

Bright Ideas–No More Rummaging!

It’s 10:00. Lunch is imminent. You are halfway through a math lesson, then you hear it. Pencils rolling around supply boxes, paper crumpling. The dreaded desk rummaging has begun.Personally, if I had a dollar for every time one of my students was playing in his or her desk during a…

Bright Ideas: Simple Guided Reading Organization

Guided Reading is a necessary evil. An enigma. A Catch-22. I love guided reading and what it does for my students. I enjoy guided reading while I’m doing it, but I’ll be really honest here. Sometimes, the anticipation of doing guided reading is enough to send me running and hiding.…