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How Do You Get Them To Do That?- Real Talk About Secondary Classroom Management

At least once a school year a teacher will come into my classroom to deliver a message or ask a question, whatever. Then later, they will ask me, "Were your students in trouble?" "No." "Then why were they so quiet?" "Because I asked them to work silently." "That's it?" Yep. That's it. Until recently I… Continue reading How Do You Get Them To Do That?- Real Talk About Secondary Classroom Management

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Peace Out! Another School Year in the Books

It's my last day, and I'm sitting in my room trying to find something to do. For some reason, the board decided to approve a calendar that had four work days after the last day of school. Yeah, FOUR. Now y'all know I'm a planner. I DO NOT procrastinate. So I started taking things down… Continue reading Peace Out! Another School Year in the Books

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Assessing Student Reading- Do they have to take a test?

As a kid, I loved tests. I wouldn't do much in class, but then I'd ace the test. Yep, I was that kid. I have a photographic memory, so objective tests were my friends. As long as I'd actually read the material, I was fine. I didn't really have to think much about the concepts… Continue reading Assessing Student Reading- Do they have to take a test?

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What I’ve Learned From Becoming a TPT Seller

At the end of February of 2017, a colleague of mine told me I should put a grammar game I had made on TPT and sell it. I was familiar with TPT, and had bought a number of things, but I never once considered becoming a seller myself. I wasn't even sure how to go… Continue reading What I’ve Learned From Becoming a TPT Seller

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Who’s ready for next year? This girl!

Look at them! Aren't they beautiful? This picture is the culmination of WEEKS of work. First the outlining. Then the writing out plans, rearranging plans, and solidifying plans. Then the organization of the lessons into to the binders according to the plans. I started by curating all the cool ideas that I had seen on… Continue reading Who’s ready for next year? This girl!