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Why I Stopped Building a Word Wall And What I Actually Do Instead

If you've been in a primary classroom recently, chances are you've seen a word wall. While I believe they are an essential part of an early primary classroom, they may not be the best choice when students get to second and third grade. Here's why I stopped building a word wall and what I actually do instead.

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3 Powerful Reasons to Avoid Using Worksheets in Math

There are a lot of math programs available out there to choose from. All have some great qualities, but if you're choosing something based solely on worksheets, you might be shortchanging yourself. Here are three powerful reasons to avoid using worksheets in math.

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How to Set Up Effective Math Centers Quickly and Easily This Year

Math centers can be a powerful tool in your classroom, but teachers shy away from them because they can be a lot of work to set up. While this is true, there are a few things you can do to set up effective math centers quickly and easily this year!

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Making Plans to Help Improve Your Teaching in the Next School Year

You made it! Another school year, not just completed, but survived! Every school year coming to an end provides us with an opportunity to grow as professionals. It is essential to celebrate the end and use your experiences to make plans to help improve teaching in the next school year.

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How Using Simple Visuals Makes it Easy to Create Effective Classroom Routines

Creating effective classroom routines takes time. A lot of time, if you're working with younger students or students with special learning needs, but even in the general-education classroom, using simple visuals can make the process of learning new routines much simpler.

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How to Effectively Encourage Quality Whole-Class Discussions

I had an instructor once tell me that as a teacher, I shouldn't be the "sage on the stage" but rather the "guide on the side." I've never forgotten this analogy and think of him often as I work to encourage quality whole-class discussions with my students. 

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