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Starting in kindergarten, students need to learn oral vocabulary to correct the 1 million word gap they may have before age 5. These interactive printables introduce these words and students love creating their own "pop-up" notebooks! Pair them with emergent reader printables and paper bracelets students wear home, to share their learning for a home-to-school connection.
The Best Way to Do Center Rotations in the Classroom… Center rotations have been one of my organizational projects. I’d tried so many different things to make it run smoothly, then finally found that one thing that worked for us and we’ve loved it for the past 5 years or so! Our rotation time for reading >>>
How Math Centers Link to Mathematical Practices Teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills Play in the classroom is so important to learning. Centers feel like play, with the intention of practicing a learned concept over and over until it’s mastered. Centers are like our co-teachers in a sense; they help support the learning and >>>
Parent Teacher Conference Forms Hack with Mail Merge Here is a teacher hack I’ve been using for years: mail merge to insert student information into my school forms…like parent teacher conference forms! I love how easy it is and that I don’t need to copy and paste the same form over and over, nor do >>>
Teaching with the Blues How to Cope with Stress, Anxiety and Depression Anxiety and depression in the teaching profession isn’t something that is talked about openly. Teachers don’t want others to think that they don’t have control or to jump to the conclusion that teaching wasn’t cut out for them. Teachers wear so many hats >>>
We call it the “switcheroo” and use a “rainbow number line” when a+b=b+a. I’m sure purists would rather I call it the commutative property, though I don’t like to do that with first graders. Here is a video to show you a student sample of how we learned the commutative property with what I like >>>