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Teaching Creative Writing to Younger Kids

I love to teach writing to my first and second graders. These kids can spin stories like no others. The challenge lies in their fine motor skills and being able to write down all of the wonderful ideas they come up with. I have three methods...

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Why Should We Care About Virtual Education?

The world of education is changing. Sounds cliché, but it is true. I am seeing that with my own eyes as I have watched my short 7-8 year career evolve from teaching in a traditional classroom with limited technology to now teaching through a...

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Going Against the Flow: Student Self Worth

I view my ‘job’ as an educator as so much more than just focusing on academics. So many times I act as nurse, counselor, mother and friend first, then teacher. Some of the most important skills that children will take with them through life...

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How to Apply for a DonorsChoose Grant (And Why You Should)

Less than two months ago, I applied for a grant at donorschoose.org out of pure desperation. I needed supplies for my classroom and I didn’t see any other way that would happen with the current budget crisis in effect. Where I’m at,...

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Wiggles, Giggles and Learning

The volume level in my classroom is not normal. And by that I mean it’s not silent. Or quiet. Or even remotely close to whispering. My classroom is noisy, busy and sometimes a bit chaotic. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now don’t...

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Teaching Columbus and the Truth of History

Once again, Columbus Day has rolled around and teachers, especially History teachers, have an opportunity to set the record straight. A great article by TER’s Mike Dunn today talks about how to teach Columbus and is rich with ideas and...

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