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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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How To Get A New School Year Started Strong

Throughout the summer, I am flooded with emails from teachers wondering about where to begin to get started for the new school year, so I decided to put together a blog post full of my favorite tips, tricks, resources, and past blog posts! Here are my ideas for how to get a new school year started strong!

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Erin Condren Teacher Planner 2018-2019

It's that time of the year again! Time to start thinking ahead to a new school year. Time to get organized for new students and possibly a new curriculum. Time to implement the changes that you reflected on at the end of the last school year. Time to break open your new Erin Condren Teacher Planner!

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Walk through the new Erin Condren 2018 Teacher Planner with me as I go through it page-by-page with images, and grab $10 off if you're a new Erin Condren customer at the bottom of this post!

How To Take The Headache Out Of Changing Grades

Changing grades is a HUGE job. Whether you've been through it in the past and are about to head down that road again, or it is a first-time event for you, I've got some tips and tricks to make the process a little easier.

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Why Memory Books Are a Great Way to Wrap The Year

The end of a school year can be a bittersweet time for many students, who may not look forward to a long summer away from their friends, predictability, and routine. Here are my top reasons why memory books are a great way to wrap up the school year!

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The Best Reasons For Using Hands-On Morning Work

Morning work tubs have been part of my classroom for a few years now, and this teacher is completely sold! Now that my morning work is hands-on and paperless, I've had more time for planning content and am able to accomplish all of my morning activities without interruptions. Here are my best reasons for using hands-on morning work.


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