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So You Got a Split Grade Next Year? …. What To Do Now!

So You Got a Split Grade Next Year? …. What To Do Now!

STOP FREAKING OUT! It's not that bad!!! You can do this.... Here is what you do when you find out you are teaching a split combined grade classroom Drink some Wine Grab Your Curriculum Look at Exemplars Make your schedule Write Out Your Long Range Plans Plan Out Your...

Science Resources: Conservation of Energy

Science Resources: Conservation of Energy

Online Resources   Hydro Science Kids Kids Korner National Geographic Kids and Energy Energy Kids PDF Wind Kids Corner Allient Energy Kids How does a Turbine Work (1) How does a Turbine Work (2) Energy Kids US GOV ARC Online PDF Energy Kids PDF Wind Power for Kids PDF...

How I Teach Writing

How I Teach Writing

I used to teach writing like everyone else. I would pick a writing form break it down into steps focus on the process of how to write within a form repeat this for a few weeks have students write within that form evaluate their work to see if they could write in the...

Background Knowledge: Getting Ready for Student Inquiry

Background Knowledge: Getting Ready for Student Inquiry

Sometimes as teachers we are presented with topics that are unfamiliar to our students. Trying to do an inquiry based learning assignment when there is a lack of student background knowledge is a problem. There are a few things that you can do to build this background...

Work Life Balance…the busy teacher edition

Work Life Balance…the busy teacher edition

Let me start this blog post with some real truth... You can't do all the things I don't do all the things! There is not enough hours in the day or coffee in the world that will allow you to do all the things. Yet over and over I am told and asked "I don't know how you...

Making Writing Assessment Work to Help Students Bump It Up!

Making Writing Assessment Work to Help Students Bump It Up!

How do we make assessment meaningful in a way that helps students to see what the criteria is they are being evaluated on How do we involve them in this process to decide on the evaluation of what makes a piece of writing good? One way that I have used over the years...

Would we be teacher BFFs? Who is Madly Learning?

Would we be teacher BFFs? Who is Madly Learning?

Do you have a teacher BFF? I know you have heard about them. These are the people that just get you. They share a similar philosophy in Education they teach with you, plan with you, have your back. But would I be your teacher BFF? The teacher community on social media...

Why Feedback Is Important

Why Feedback Is Important

Feedback on an important part in the cycle of assessment. It is probably one of the things that teachers can do to push the needle forward for student achievement. So what is feedback? For me feedback is two things. It is information that tells students where they are...

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