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Month: March 2013

Click Before You Pin

Pinterest is a great way to get inspired, share your own ideas and organize ideas by photos. However, you need to be careful about pinning things to your boards without clicking through to see if the pin is spam or not.  Recently I saw this awesome pin about teacher fonts.

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Bell Work Freebies

I feature freebies that fit the Middle School readership of this blog. This week I am featuring products along the theme of bell work.  Bell work is a great classroom management tool because it gets your students focused and on task when they walk into the room. Sometimes I forget to

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Making Silent Reading (DEAR) Meaningful

It is important that when we give students silent reading time it is meaningful and purposeful. We try, in my classroom, to silently read daily for 15-20 minutes depending on our schedule, and what our “must dos” are for the day. Students are reading their monthly self-selected (with teacher guidance) novels,

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How I Organize My Classroom

My focus this week in my classroom was organization, de-cluttering and finishing up units so we start new after March Break.  My progress was captured in the photos below. Many of my anchor charts were looking very tired as they had been created in September. This key one was recreated

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Bump It Up Boards

I have been hard at work creating Bump It Up boards to support the 4 R’s – Retell, Relate, Reflect, Review. I use the 4 R’s reading response method frequently in my classroom, and it is featured in a few of my genre-based book reports.   This strategy helps students

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