What do stars do? They shine!

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This quotation by Neil Gaiman may help simplify our stresses at the beginning of a busy week! Subplanners helps keep everything in perspective with today’s post. “What do stars do? They shine!” – Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman puts words in their poetic, simple and proper place. Of course stars shine! That’s it! No more details than that to worry about –… Read more »

Classroom notebooking: Why and how?

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Many teachers apply the idea of student notebooks in the classroom as a way to make the student’s work easily accessible and a wonderful way to track progress throughout the year. Two of our shopkeepers share their ideas and tips for mastering classroom notebooks. Ruegers Room: The benefits of classroom notebooking Over the last month,… Read more »

National Fire Prevention Week: October 5-11

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Are you prepared for National Fire Prevention Week (October 5-11)? While staff and students should be aware of fire safety and emergency procedures throughout the year, this week is all about educating your class on the importance of fire prevention. There are tons of great resources on Teacher’s Notebook to help with related lessons and activities throughout… Read more »

How to effectively manage parent volunteers

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Here are a few tips from Kinder Blossoms for kindergarten and primary grade teachers to effectively manage parent volunteers. This classroom tip is to help you manage the multitude of parent volunteers you may suddenly find wishing to assist you in your classroom. If you are new to teaching kindergarten, this can be very overwhelming. In order to avoid… Read more »

5 simple ways to make guided math fun

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With Common Core math there is a push for whole group math and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of students. These 5 simple tips from Blue Ridge Second Grade Days make guided math groups fun, meaningful, and easily managed. During the past year while attending a state math conference I learned the importance… Read more »

Using sign language in the classroom

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Using sign language in a classroom setting can help boost memory, assist with language development and literacy skills, and aid children with learning disabilities. Marine Science And More shares some ideas for you to get started! Sign language is an indispensable, multisensory teaching tool that can assist children with cognitive and language development skills such… Read more »

Teaching through move/dance and freeze games

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Action Songs for Teaching and Learning! Special education and Al shares 10 great variations of the move and freeze game for teaching younger kids anything from shapes, to numbers, to you name it! Freeze games have stood the test of time and there is a reason. They are nutrition for our brains. Brains always seek more… Read more »

Writing center for creative stories and math word problems

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Dr. Clements’ Kindergarten shares a creative activity for writing and math centers using a few inexpensive supplies bought from her local Dollar Tree. I just love the Dollar Tree! I went in to get 2 items and came out with way too much stuff. Check out these cute stamps! I couldn’t resist the temptation to purchase… Read more »

From classroom to intervention

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Today’s blog post details Chalkspot.com’s journey from classroom teacher to classroom support teacher. Have you ever had an unexpected shift in your career? Tell us about it in the comments! I remember like it was yesterday. My classroom was sparkling, the desk tags were laid with care, the school year’s new theme was emblazoned on the outside… Read more »

10 research-based tips for reading with your child

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Find out how to read effectively with your child by Elizabeth Hah. Research has shown that the level of a child’s vocabulary in the home before heading off to school is an important indicator for school-readiness as well as predicting later academic achievement. Of course, this is not set in stone but, if we as… Read more »