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Giving Tuesday Contest from Caring Classrooms

The Caring Classrooms Community on DonorsChoose is excited to announce that we’re hosting a one-day contest on Tuesday, December 3rd, also known as Giving Tuesday! All donations made that day will receive a 50% match from DonorsChoose, and we’re  

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6 Reasons to Teach Poetry in the Fall

When do you start teaching poetry in your classroom? If you wait until April because it’s National Poetry Month, consider introducing poetry during the first few months of the school year instead. In fact, I can think of at  

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Teaching Informational Text with Magazines

With the Common Core emphasis on teaching informational text, you might be wondering where to find appropriate texts for reading instruction. Most classrooms are overflowing with great children’s literature and novels, but many schools lack a good selection of  

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Multiple Intelligence Theory and Growth Mindset

Dr. Howard Gardner first proposed Multiple Intelligence (MI) theory over 40 years ago, suggesting that IQ is not one-dimensional, and that it can’t be described by a single number. Instead, he proposed that there are at least 8 different  

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Inspired Teaching Made Easy: How to Teach with Your Mind AND Your Heart

Do you listen to podcasts? I’ve been listening to them off and on for a few years, but it wasn’t until recently that I became a podcast fanatic. My addiction started last fall when my husband and  

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How to Teach Social Skills, Step by Step

Seating students together is not enough to ensure teamwork. Many kids have very little idea how to interact appropriately with their classmates. They simply lack the social skills needed to perform the most basic cooperative learning tasks. Lack of  

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How to Earn 10,000 Scholastic Bonus Points (or More!)

Did you know that Scholastic offers a fabulous back-to-school deal that makes it possible to get thousands of bonus points with your first order?  The bigger your order, the more points you earn, and if you can place an  

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Launch a Super School Year Free Video Course

Getting the school year off to a great start is essential, which means that what you do the first week of school can make all the difference! A few years ago I presented a popular webinar called

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Grab Your Free School Year Calendar!

When I was teaching, I searched everywhere to find the perfect calendar for my students, but I just couldn’t find one that worked. I wanted 8 1/2 x 11 monthly portrait-style pages that would fit in a 3-ring binder,  

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Daily Math Problem Solving and the Common Core

Daily problem solving is a highly effective way to help your students master the Common Core mathematical practice standards. Fortunately, when you have a plan in place, it can also be the easiest way to motivate your  

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Cooperative Learning and Google Classroom – The Best of Both Worlds

Google Classroom makes it sooo easy to go paperless that you might be tempted to skip cooperative learning activities and replace them with digital assignments.

But I hope you don’t. Hands-on, active-engagement lessons are just as important as they ever  

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Corkboard Connections Blog Now on Teaching Resources

If you were a past follower my Corkboard Connections blog, you might not have known that I also had a website called Teaching Resources. The two were formerly on separate platforms, so I’m super excited that they’re now together  

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