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  • Flexibility- How much is too much?

    on Feb 12, 16 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    One of the most important lessons, one learns as a teacher is the importance of flexibility. Many things occur in a school setting that are beyond our control. Picture days, fire alarms, safety drills, and computer issues are a few of the events that happen in our schools so as a teacher, and one has to adjust lessons. There are times when students don’t understand the material and one has to reteach which is understandable and even, expected. This type of flexibility isn’t really minded. Teachers are expected to bend and twist for parents, students,

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  • When Teachers Get Sick

    on Feb 11, 16 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured, From the Front Lines • with Comments

    A Series of Fresh Starts (1)

    I am not a very good sick person.  I don’t like stuffing my pockets full of Kleenex, dosing up on Sudafed, and trying to make it through my day.  But I don’t like the alternative, either.  Hunkering down in the house with a stack of unread newspapers, that novel I’ve been meaning to finish since last summer, lotion-infused tissues, a remote control and satellite TV isn’t what I’d exactly call my dream day off. When teachers get sick, it’s harder to stay home than it is to go to school. When a teacher is sick,

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

    on Feb 9, 16 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Mathematics • with Comments

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    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 was very skeptical about teaching multiplying fractions and whole numbers to 4th and 5th graders. As I grew more comfortable with the idea that I have to teach my 4th and 5th graders these complex concepts I decided to find ways that made the transition seamless. I currently work in Texas but my first

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  • 30 Picture Books for Black History Month

    on Feb 8, 16 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instructional Strategies, Literacy • with Comments


    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 classrooms today. So until that happens, I feel Black History Month is not only worth celebrating, but necessary. Too many students enter my classroom with little awareness of Black history beyond Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks. So here are 30 (not 28 or 29) children’s books to help celebrate (Spoiler: You won’t find any

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  • Using Reader’s Notebooks in Middle School

    on Feb 5, 16 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy • with Comments

    a glimpse of our Reader Notebooks

    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 students keep a reader’s notebook. According to experts like Penny Kittle, Donalyn Miller, and Kelly Gallagher, giving students choice in what they read is paramount in getting kids to read more and to read better. While I would love to institute a full-blown Reader’s Workshop in my classroom, I have other curriculum requirements

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