Teaching

Google Earth Tours in the Classroom

Using Google Earth Tours Creating lessons that integrate technology and provide information your students can relate to can sometimes be difficult. Google Earth Tours is a great way to show students how the great big world actually relates to them. It shows them how they are part of the whole. Their community is a part…

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Using iPads for Reading Literacy

iPads for Reading Reading is a fundamental component in education. Primary grades focus on reading basics such as letter recognition and sounds in preparation for putting those concepts together to create words. From there it is reading multiple words in a row that form a sentence. Children who struggle in reading often struggle later in other…

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Moby Max and NWEA MAPs Reports

Using Moby Max with NWEA MAPs Reports Our district has been using NWEA Testing for years. This year we have started using Moby Max to increase our math scores and we are working to integrate our MAPs information to increase our student growth. Moby Max allows a teacher to select the lessons and topics that…

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Spelling City for Differentiated Spelling

Differentiated Spelling Lists There are may activities, lists, and ways to differentiate your spelling. Ideally your differentiated spelling lists would be created from words that each student struggles with. Their own unique spelling lists. Unfortunately, that is a heavy work load! And most of us work in districts that have purchased $30,000 worth of reading…

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My Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education My philosophy of education has been the same since the time I decided to become a teacher, I have had an idea of what type of teacher I would be and how my room would be organized to provide the best possible learning environment for my students. The room may change, but…

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Interactive Math Centers and Lessons

Interactive Math Our school focus this year is to increase our students’ math abilities. We focused on reading a few years ago, carved out reading blocks, and saw a huge increase in their abilities and levels. In the process, our math has suffered a little. While teaching middle school math last year, I started to…

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One Day Sale TpT Gift Card Giveaway

TpT Gift Card Teachers pay Teachers is having a one day bonus sale to celebrate back to school. August 22nd there will stores with up to 20% off. Enter a sale code at check out for an additional 10% off. That’s some serious savings. Yahoo! Would you like to have some extra cash to spend?…

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Saving Passwords for Websites and Apps

Saving Passwords Saving Passwords for websites and apps that you use in the classroom can become a management nightmare. The more sites that you have your students access that need individual usernames and passwords, the more information you need to keep track of. If you don’t you will be fiddling with the recovery process each…

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My Goals Lapbook for MAPs and Lexile

Goals Lapbook Our district is moving towards personalized learning. This school year the high school will be transitioning a few classes. Elementary teachers are starting to prep our students by making them more accountable for their own learning. After a few days of training and learning about how to use our NWEA MAPs score, I…

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100 Followers: TpT Gift Card Giveaway

$10 Gift Card Giveaway Wahooo!! It’s time to celebrate with a gift card giveaway!! I have officially made it to 100 TpT followers. Thank you to everyone who has followed my shop, purchased resources for their classrooms, and left feedback. Being a teacher rocks! Being a teacher who can share and collaborate with other teachers rocks…

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Wonders Reading Program for 3rd Grade

Spelling and Reading Centers: Wonders Reading After a whirl wind spring teaching math to grades 5-8, I have been assigned to teach a 3rd and 4th grade combination class. I taught a combo of 2nd and 3rd graders years ago. My learning curve is growing again. And so is my resource base. The first few…

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