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December Activities Your Kids Will Love!

Seasonal lessons are perfect for the weeks leading up to the winter holidays. Those days can be chaotic, so it’s important to plan lessons that are both meaningful and fun. Kids are more likely to stay on task when  

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Make Your Mark on International Dot Day!

Have you heard about International Dot Day? It’s celebrated on September 15th, and it’s all about encouraging kids to discover how they can make a difference. Why is it called “Dot Day”? To find out, read the book that  

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Free 2020 – 2021 School Year Calendar

Years ago, I searched everywhere to find the perfect calendar to use with my students, but I couldn’t find one that worked. I wanted one with 8 1/2 x 11 inch portrait-style pages that would fit  

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Teach Kindness on Pay It Forward Day

Have you ever heard of Pay It Forward Day? Each year, on April 28th, we’re encouraged to perform random acts of kindness for friends, family members, and even total strangers. The Pay it Forward Day website  

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Team Stop Signs Help Kids Stop and Refocus

Cooperative learning lessons are awesome for engaging students in the learning process, but sometimes a team will become overly enthusiastic and noisy. Even if everyone is still on task, their energetic behavior can be distracting to others. In most  

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Teaching Informational Text with Magazines

With the Common Core emphasis on teaching informational text, you might be wondering where to find appropriate texts for reading instruction. Most classrooms are overflowing with great children’s literature and novels, but many schools lack a good selection of  

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Multiple Intelligence Theory and Growth Mindset

Dr. Howard Gardner first proposed Multiple Intelligence (MI) theory over 40 years ago, suggesting that IQ is not one-dimensional, and that it can’t be described by a single number. Instead, he proposed that there are at least 8 different  

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Inspired Teaching Made Easy: How to Teach with Your Mind AND Your Heart

Do you listen to podcasts? I’ve been listening to them off and on for a few years, but it wasn’t until recently that I became a podcast fanatic. My addiction started last fall when my husband and  

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Launch a Super School Year Free Video Course

Getting the school year off to a great start is essential, which means that what you do the first week of school can make all the difference! A few years ago I presented a popular webinar called

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Grab Your Free School Year Calendar!

When I was teaching, I searched everywhere to find the perfect calendar for my students, but I just couldn’t find one that worked. I wanted 8 1/2 x 11 monthly portrait-style pages that would fit in a 3-ring binder,  

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Daily Math Problem Solving and the Common Core

Daily problem solving is a highly effective way to help your students master the Common Core mathematical practice standards. Fortunately, when you have a plan in place, it can also be the easiest way to motivate your  

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