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How to Run a Successful Calendar Time in a Primary Classroom

Is running a calendar time in your primary classroom a practice of the past? I don't think so. Having a calendar math program is a great way to introduce, consolidate, and perfect some critical math skills, setting your students up for future success.

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How to Give Students a Boost in Confidence for a New School Year

Giving students a little boost in confidence at the beginning of a new school year is the perfect way to set the tone and make them feel welcome in a new classroom! When students feel happy, respected, and part of a community, I've found them more likely to take pride in the space and engage during lessons.

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Using Reader’s Notebooks: How a Reading Response Journal Can Support Readers

Wondering how to get started with reader's notebooks? This post is for you! Using a reader's notebook with a reading response journal is a fantastic way to support your young readers as they develop essential reading comprehension skills.

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2022-2023 Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planner

Teachers, it is time to celebrate! The new Teacher Lesson Planners from Erin Condren are launching on May 16 and I have your sneak peek at the coiled planner, softbound planner, and tons of great accessories!

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5 Ways to Avoid the Time Trap of Preparing Daily Early Finisher Activities

Picture this. You've just finished teaching a super math lesson, and your students are engaged in an independent task. Ten minutes later, you've got a couple of students who are already finished, while most have lots to do. Are you prepared? Are you spending unnecessary planning time preparing for these students or constantly telling them to pull out a book? Here are five ways to avoid the time trap of preparing daily early finisher activities.

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7+ Things You Can Accomplish While Students Complete Hands-On Morning Work

Having a soft start is one of the best things I ever decided to do in my classroom. When students are engaged with learning from the moment they enter your classroom, you have time to Do. All. The. Things. If you've considered a soft start but aren't yet happy with how it is going, consider these many things you can accomplish while students complete hands-on morning work!

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