What are Slip It and Flip It self checking phonics games? Slip it and Flip Its are fun, engaging, hands-on self correcting games. They provide independent practice designed to purposefully and meaningfully reinforce skills and concepts taught in the classroom. Because they are self correcting, students receive immediate feedback.
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Teachers over fifty (or even sixty) still have lots to offer! WHAAT??? You read that right! Apparently in teaching, everyone starts assuming you’re close to RETIREMENT when you hit 25 years. I started teaching when I was 20, so I was only 45 when I reached the 25 year milestone. Each spring when
Teaching gifted kids in the regular classroom can be a challenge. Do you sometimes feel like you’re “losing it”? Do you not really know how to meet the needs of these kids when you have so many kids who have IEP’s, 504 Plans, or are in the RTI process? Don’t despair,
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The Importance of Mistakes “Mistakes are GOOD!” The first time I said that to a class of second graders, they looked at me like I was crazy. They were incredulous. “You mean you actually want us to make mistakes?” they asked in disbelief. Yes I do! The truth is, mistakes are
Are you obsessed with fonts? Do you hate making classroom materials on your school computer because you can’t install all those fabulous fonts you find on Teachers Pay Teachers and other websites? Do you have cute fonts on your home computer, so you make everything at home instead of school? Despair no
Do you use dry erase markers in your classroom? If not, you should! I love dry erase markers! They are great for formative assessment because they can be used in so many ways – for whole class instruction where students use dry erase mats to solve problems, for interactive games
Wow! Can you believe it’s the middle of April already? I can hardly believe Earth Day is almost here. I wanted to do a quick post to share one of my favorite picture books and how you can use this book to celebrate Earth Day with your students. Note: Keep
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Hello everyone! I’ve been on a LONG vacation from the blogging world, and I am so excited to be back! This is my first in a series of blog posts about ways to increase the rigor of your math instruction, so be sure to check back for more ideas and FREEBIES!
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