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3 Classroom Discussion Musts

Using Sentence Stems and Explicit Instruction for Classroom Discussions Teaching discussion skills can be daunting! You know you want productive, positive discussions... but how do you get there? Here's some of what works for me! Body Language & Politeness Matter Eye...

DIY Projector Screen

You finally have your own classroom!!! No more shuffling around on a cart, lugging your whole life with you every period of the day... no more “borrowing” other teachers’ classrooms and hoping you left them as neat as you found them. Now What Now, you’re ready to make...

Getting Students to Use that Feedback

I used to cringe watching students stuff papers into their folders to be lost in the locker abyss… after I had spent so much time thoughtfully providing feedback on their work!! I spend so much time writing thoughtful questions about their math thinking and comments...

Subtraction with Renaming

We have moved on to subtraction with renaming (2.NBT.7). You might call this regrouping... but really- if we think literally about what's happening- we're also giving the values new names! 50+10 is a different name for 60. So, renaming, regrouping... you know what...

Concerns About Counting

In my second grade classroom, I've recently identified a troubling gap in my students' learning... Counting. I know how important counting is... and we have been counting all year. We count while we wait in line, we count backwards and forwards, by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s and...

Classroom Teacher: Reality Check

The view from down here. "It all falls on the classroom teacher, it always does" she reminded me. This was my mother. A retired elementary school teacher, who had made it the long haul. In the classroom for her entire career, advocating for kids, mentoring new...

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