Ask An Expert

Anchor charts, Behavior, Daily 5, Math Workshop, PBIS

In Stopping the Revolving Door at Your Guided Reading Table – I share a strategy that takes the focus off of you as the sole source of help, empowering your students to identify others in the classroom that can help problem solve or provide an assist, when needed. Our Ask an Expert chart, identifies tasks/skills that students frequently need help with, and shares who in the room can help (besides the teacher). To create the chart, I determine classroom situations that seem to…

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Hesitant to Paint Your Cabinets?


For three years I’ve been pinning “how to paint your kitchen cabinets” posts.  I had a self-diagnosed case of Pintimidation; I just could not get over my fear of starting this project!  It’s only paint after all, right?   This summer, I finally took the plunge! You might decide to go ahead and paint your kitchen cabinets after reading about my amusing experience.  Or not! From the tutorials that I had pinned, I was leaning toward Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body: How…

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Words Their Way Improvements

Word Work, Words Their Way

I’ve previously written about our Words Their Way routines and shared several resources.  This year we made a few changes that I wanted to share. Changes 1-6: Organization and Routine Don’t Cut Inside Envelop Add a Crayon Color Label Add Student Number to Baggie Display Notebooks Batch Prep Sorts Store Sorts Conveniently Have you ever wondered why it took you so long to figure something out?  I’m in my 20th year of teaching and every year it amazes me the number…

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Gingerbread Man App Smash

Apps, iPad, Technology

We created a class gingerbread story this week.  We used our iPads and app smashed our way through the process. Step 1: Students were greeted with a pile of craft materials.  They were asked to create gingerbread people. Many students wanted a template to cut out, but I didn’t provide one and simply encouraged to them to do their best!  We used: construction paper glue sticks, wet glue, and hot glue yarn pipe cleaners pom poms buttons beads feathers foam…

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