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Decomposing Fractions: An Alternative for Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers

I, like many elementary teachers across the nation, have found myself teaching math concepts to 4th and 5th-grade students that were once taught to middle school students. Truth be told, when I first began teaching these skills I must admit I...

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30 Picture Books for Black History Month

First, let’s get something obvious out of the way. Black history is American history. It shouldn’t be relegated to one month out of the year. It should be taught every day. That said, that’s just not happening in K-12...

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Using Reader’s Notebooks in Middle School

I’ve been approached by many teachers who ask me, if you don’t use reading logs to monitor how much your students are reading, what do you use? My solution has been to run a Reader’s Workshop in my classroom where all my...

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an ELL teacher goes from “Failure” to “Success” (1)

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Budget Crisis: Tips for the Overwhelmed Special Educator

How much is too much to expect from a special education teacher? Overwhelmed teachers across the country are reporting that the current budget crisis is impacting their ability to serve the students on their caseloads effectively. In many...

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Attacking Teacher Burnout at the CoreLength- 8 weeks

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Math for the 21st Century Student

I’ve always believed that part of my job as a teacher was to prepare my students to be lifelong learners. Students in school today can expect to have more than one career during their working lives. This makes it imperative that they are...

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20 More Weeks of Blizzards: A Groundhog’s Day Pred-Election

Today marks the 129th year that Punxsutawney Phil (well, maybe the 30th version of him) will come out of his burrow to either see his shadow or not, declaring whether winter will be extended by 6 weeks, or whether spring is pending. However,...

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