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Using Fidgets To Keep Students Focused

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Using Fidgets To Keep Students Focused

As teachers, we have long known about the benefits of letting our students move in the classroom. The research backs us up. But what are some ways that we can encourage students to move while they work? WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS: In a 2008 study done at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, researchers found that children actually need to physically move during a complicated task to be able to focus. They found that all children (and especially those with ADHD) moved more when a problem or task required them to work through complicated problems. They noted that this...

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Classroom Library Organization Made Easy

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Classroom Library Organization Made Easy

Are you tired of classroom library chaos? I was too. If you're like me you want to manage all the books that come in and out of your classroom library in an easy and efficient manner. You are sick of messy shelves, torn books, and general chaos when looking for or returning a book. I was too. That's why I completely redid my classroom library. When I first started teaching I had two shelves from Walmart that I stacked books on. I separated each shelf into a different genre. That gave me six different genres to work within. I quickly...

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Differentiated Grouping Cards: An Easy Way To Mix It Up

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Differentiated Grouping Cards: An Easy Way To Mix It Up

I am always looking for ways to change up my groups. I really believe that flexible grouping can be a powerful way to help students learn and to make their thinking visible. One easy way to implement flexible grouping is with grouping cards. I started by making thirty-two cards with different numbers, letters, shapes, and colors. This means that you can group them at least FOUR different ways with ONE card. The different ways that students can be grouped: 1. Numbers: The numbers can give you class groups of odd and even. You can also do groups like numbers 1-4, 5-8, etc....

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Absent Folders

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Absent Folders

If you are like me, having an absent student was almost a daily experience. For some reason or another at least one student is gone practically every single day. So now while I am in the middle of attendance, grading, teaching, planning, and generally running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I now have to compile the papers for the day for each absent student. This didn't sound like very much fun to me so I created Absent Folders. I created these cute cover pages to put on each folder. I laminated the folders because I basically...

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Alternative Seating in the Classroom

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Alternative Seating in the Classroom

I have been seeing things float around the inter-webs that really intrigue me. It's the idea of alternative seating. Teachers (and now researchers) are finding that allowing students choice and movement in their seating arrangements can greatly improve behavior and academic performance. I have already posted about using yoga balls in my room and how well it worked for my students with ADHD. I have since seen sooooooooooo many more options that I LOVE. If you are new to alternative seating, or inching your way closer to thinking about it as a real possibility for your classroom, hopefully this post will...

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