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How to Get Students to Write Complete Responses

When I assign multi-step problems in my Grade 5/6 classroom at the beginning of the year, I almost unanimously see my students leaving out parts of the question when they respond. To solve this problem, I've created an easy strategy to get students to write complete responses in any subject area.

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2018 - Year in Review

Happy New Year! At the beginning of every new year, I love to look back at all of the posts I shared throughout the year. This is my 2018 Year In Review. These are my Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018!

Get Your Life On Track With a New Life Planner

I have my fourth Erin Condren Life Planner in my hands, ready for 2019 to arrive in a few short weeks! Get your life back on track with the new Erin Condren 2019 Life Planner! Walk through it with me as I go through page-by-page with images, and enter to win a $75 Erin Condren gift certificate at the bottom of this post!

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How to Improve Mathematics Scores Using a TACK Board

Explicitly connecting our teaching to the achievement categories in the Ontario Mathematics Curriculum in a way that allows students to understand it is critical for student success. Improve mathematics scores in your Grade 1-8 classroom using a TACK Board.

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How to Easily Ensure Absent Students Complete Missed Work

Teaching in a Grade 5/6 classroom, curriculum moves quickly, and when students are absent, the work starts to pile up on desks and, more often than not, ends up missing or stuffed loose inside the student's desk when he or she returns.

Read on to see how I avoid missing assignments and easily ensure my absent students complete missed work and grab a freebie for your classroom.

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How to Make Your Expectations for Early Finishers Clear

Being back in the junior grades, I'm remembering just how wide the gap can be between my strongest and most struggling students. Even with solid differentiation happening in my classroom there are times that my students have completed the assigned work early and are looking to me to know what to do next. Here's how I make expectations for early finishers clear.

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How To Establish Group Work Guidelines With A New Class

At the beginning of a new school year, establishing routines and expectations is critical to the success of the rest of your year. If you plan on including collaboration in your classroom you're probably wondering how to establish group work guidelines with a new class so that you see the best results.

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How to Get Started With Math Morning Work

I receive emails and messages all the time about how I organize my math morning work routine, and what it looks like at the beginning of the school year. Read on to learn how to get started with Math Morning Work.

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