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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.

October 2, 2016

Parent Teacher Conference Forms Hack with Mail Merge

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 >>>

September 25, 2016

Teaching with the Blues: How to Cope with Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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 >>>

September 17, 2016

The Switcheroo and Rainbow Number Line (Commutative Property)

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 >>>

September 10, 2016

Phonemic Awareness: Information, Resources and Freebies

Phonemic Awareness: Information, Resources and Freebies If you are like me, you may have just found out that you have a group of students who need more phonemic awareness support at the start of first grade. Here are some of the great links I found that have helped me educate myself and download resources (most >>>

September 5, 2016

What I Use to Organize Bullet Lesson Plans

What I Use to Organize Bullet Lesson Plans Disc bound are the binders I use. I’ve been using them for years and I can’t imagine ever using anything different. Even if I would need to use an electronic planner, I love using paper and pens, which my favorite are Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel >>>

Purposeful Resources

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