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IGNITING CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING

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THE SECRET TO TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO WRITE SCARY STORIES

THE SECRET TO TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO WRITE SCARY STORIES SCARY STORY

You’re terrified. Your heart is pounding, and your chest feels like it’s going to EXPLODE!  You breathe faster and faster as sweat drips from your shaking hands. Are you going to die?  NO.  You’re just listening to a SCARY STORY. Being scared is exciting, right?  If it wasn’t, why would we go on haunted hayrides, […]

DISTANCE LEARNING AND PASSION PROJECTS

DISTANCE LEARNING AND PASSION PROJECTS student presenting Passion Project during distance learning

Spice up your distance learning with Passion Projects. Distance Learning combined with Passion Projects provides your students with an independent study they will love and be motivated to complete. During this time when you are scrambling to find engaging activities for your students, I recommend using Passion Projects.  They spice up your lessons and meet […]

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS

TURNING RELUCTANT WRITERS INTO AWESOME AUTHORS tips to turn reluctant writers into awesome authors

Are your students reluctant writers? Do you have kiddos who either write terrible stories, or hate writing altogether?  I used to have to pull teeth to get any decent writing out of my kiddos. Whenever I announced we were going to write about something, they’d moan and groan, and (I hate to admit this), I’d […]

WHY I TEACH ANALOGIES TO PRIMARY STUDENTS

WHY I TEACH ANALOGIES TO PRIMARY STUDENTS horizontal image for teaching analogies in primary grades

  Are you looking for ways to get your kiddos to think critically in your lessons? Try teaching analogies!  Analogies get primary kids thinking, analyzing, and making comparisons.    What is an analogy? An analogy is simply a comparison of two things that are usually thought of as being different, but are similar in some […]

MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM MATH MINDSET: FOSTERING MATHEMATICAL MINDSETS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Are there any kiddos in your class with a fixed math mindset? Do they give up or refuse to attempt to solve a math problem if they’re afraid they will get a wrong answer? Are they reluctant to take on challenges and refuse to take a risk if they aren’t sure they’re right? Or do […]

Self Checking Phonics Games: Slip It and Flip Its

Self Checking Phonics Games: Slip It and Flip Its image of self-checking phonics game

  Using games in the classroom is a proven strategy to increase student engagement as opposed to worksheet after worksheet. They provide purposeful reinforcement and practice of skills, and increase memory and retention of information. Besides that, games are just plain fun. I am so excited to introduce you to Slip It and Flip It […]