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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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Tackling Tattling in the Classroom

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Tackling Tattling in the Classroom

"Jackson cut in line!" "Olivia said a bad word!" "Kiara pushed me!" It seems like every day there is an endless stream of students reporting behaviors or incidents that happen in the classroom. On one hand, we want to help our students feel heard and validated so they know we are a safe person for them to talk to. On the other hand, we certainly don't want to feed into the tattle machine. It's a fine line to walk. So how do we handle tattling in our classrooms? The Responsive Classroom brings this problem to light by illustrating for us the dangers...

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6 Easy Ways to Group Your Students

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6 Easy Ways to Group Your Students

We often find ourselves as teachers doing activities where our students need to work in groups or pairs. This could be a quick Think-Pair-Share or Turn and Talk activity or a larger group project. It can be difficult to have to create effective groups for our students to complete their work each time. It can also be challenging (and time consuming) to create random groups. I've come up with 6 ways to quickly and easily group your students for different activities. I'll also share some great apps at the end that can help you group students as well.  1. Food...

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