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Winter is Snow Much fun

  Walking in A Winter Wonderland (of possibilities) Hey, Y’all! Winter is FINALLY here! Well, Winter for the south at least. When we moved to Montgomery, Alabama from Florida in my 4th-grade year, I saw light snow flurries a couple of times, but it wasn’t until my junior year in

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Teach Your Students How to Write a 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

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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 both the academic

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Passion Projects were a staple in my gifted enrichment classroom in the 1970s.  Back in those days, we called them Type III enrichment activities (Renzulli Enrichment Model) or Independent Studies.  But thankfully, things changed as general education has embraced the concepts of thinking skills, creative production, and talent development. Today

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Self-reflection is one of the most powerful practices to improve teaching. When you practice self-reflection regularly, it will completely transform your classroom and instruction.  Furthermore, self-reflection can take you from being a good teacher to being a great teacher. Are you ready to begin the transformation? The old me –

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How to Teach Analogies to Elementary Students

Why should we teach analogies? An analogy is simply a comparison of two things that are usually thought of as being different, but are similar in some way.  They are written in a specific format such as  apple : fruit :: carrot : vegetable.  It reads: apple is to fruit

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Self Checking Phonics Games: Slip It and Flip Its

  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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