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End of Year Picture Books

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End of Year Picture Books

The end of the school year is a crazy time. (Crazy might actually be an understatement.) We are dealing with testing, assemblies, field trips, field day, cleaning up our rooms, and more. This often leaves us tired and overwhelmed with weird little chunks of time to fill. I always loved reading picture books during these times. Not only do they help share with my students how I feel about each one of them, but it was also easy to tie in writing and math activities. Let me show you some of my favorites.  1. WALK ON! A GUIDE FOR BABIES...

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Testing Strategies That Work

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Testing Strategies That Work

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With the kids bubble filling, And everyone telling you data is near, It's the most wonderful time of the year! Alright, so that's a stretch. A big stretch. A humongous stretch. A...well I think you get my point.  The fact is, testing season is stressful. It's stressful on the students, the teachers, the principals, and the support staff. Not only are schedules chaotic, but the fear that your students will completely forget EVERY. SINGLE. THING. you taught them is ever-present. #thestruggleisreal One way to combat this keeping-you-up-at-night-turning-your-hair-gray stress is to give your...

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How to Handle Testing Anxiety

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How to Handle Testing Anxiety

Think of a student in a classroom. One who studies the material, does their homework, and is responsible. Now picture them on test day. They have a nervous look on their face and they might be sweating.They stare at the test paper with wide eyes and slowly begin to make marks on the paper. 

Sound familiar? 

The student above is suffering from test anxiety. This is a real, and often intense, feeling that can interfere with a student's concentration and performance.

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10 End of Year Activities to Keep Your Students Engaged

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10 End of Year Activities to Keep Your Students Engaged

Approaching the end of the school year can be maddening! First off, us teachers are exhausted. Not just from the long school year, but from the grueling testing season. I think it’s safe to say that we all desperately need a well-deserved vacation. But wait! Before you head for a day at the beach, or a late night filled with binge watching your favorite Netflix shows, you still have at least a few weeks left in your classroom. And on top of that, your classroom is sure to be filled with students who are probably even more excited for the...

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End of Year Student Gifts

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End of Year Student Gifts

If you are like me, you enjoy giving your kiddos a little something on the last day of school. However, with everything else going on, things can get a little hectic. The end of the school year means testing, final report cards, room cleaning, and general chaos and stress. It also means saying goodbye to those little cute faces we got to look at every day. Send them off with something they'll remember and enjoy! I've tried to take some of the pain and stress out of getting student gifts ready by creating 12 Cute and Easy Printables you can...

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