Help your students resolve to read more in 2015

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Creating a New Year’s resolution is a time-honored tradition. We vow to better ourselves in some fashion, be it improving our health or donating more to charity. Resolutions can be a great way to help improve students in the classroom as well. As classes return from break, now is a great time to have your… Read more »

What are cognates?

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Vocabulary/vocabulario, animal/animal, actor/actor, color/color are just a few of the thousand of English and Spanish cognates. Cognates are an important part of learning English. Cognates are words in two languages that have the same or similar meaning, spelling, and pronunciation. Spanish and English cognates include: doctor/doctor, family/familia, construction, constuccion, and electricity/electricidad. Some languages like Spanish… Read more »

Rewarding in the classroom – should we be concerned?

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom, Kindergarten, Parents, Pre-K.

This post from Catia Dias opens the dialogue about management strategies regarding the use of rewards (food or tangible goodies) in the classroom. “Learning should be a reward in itself!” This is the philosophy my husband and I use to raise our children. We firmly believe that rewarding children for every single thing they do… Read more »

Help students become confident answering multiple choice questions

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Building simple routines that help kids learn to answer multiple choice questions into the routine early in the year makes preparing for assessments later in the year so much easier! More information about this concept from Common Core Connection. Many of us need to help our kids become confident with the format of multiple choice… Read more »

Holiday Classroom Decor Contest winners!

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Over the course of the past week or so we have been collecting entries for our Holiday Classroom Decor Contest. We got to peek inside many classrooms to share in the holiday festivities. Our Facebook fans voted for their favorites, and we are excited to unveil the winners. Drum roll please…   Congrats to all… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: How I try to make keyboarding fun!

Posted under 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Bulletin Board, Bulletin Board: Featured Posts, Centers, Language, Writing.

Keyboarding is an important skill but one the students tend to resist. After a little experimenting, Mrs. Mc’s Shop found an answer that worked! Generally, teaching in the computer lab is a pretty good position. The students are motivated and eager to see the lesson planned for them. Learning to create a PowerPoint presentation, designing… Read more »