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Awesome Facebook Group for Elementary Educators!

If you’re an upper elementary teacher who loves what you do, consider joining my private Facebook group, the Upper Elementary Teacher Connection. It’s a virtual meeting room where teachers of students in grades 2 through 6 can connect and collaborate  

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Honoring 9/11 – A Delicate Balance

Each year on September 11th, we reflect on a series of horrific events that changed the course of history. As a teacher, you might be struggling with whether or not you should discuss 9/11 with your students. Although your  

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Appointment Clock Buddies: Make an Appointment for Learning!

If you’re looking for a fun way to form partners for cooperative learning lessons, try the Appointment Clock Buddies strategy. The activity is a terrific icebreaker that also serves another useful purpose. Within just a few minutes, each  

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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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Plickers Made Easy with Task Cards

Have you tapped into the power of Plickers yet? Plickers is a free, interactive tech tool that uses printable “paper clickers” instead of clicker devices. Each student is assigned a unique Plickers card that has a black and white  

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Motivating Math Games

Motivating kids at the end of the year can be a challenge, especially if you’re still expected to teach skills and review academic content. Whole group instruction is particularly challenging this time of year because it’s so difficult to  

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Teaching Kids to Accept Responsibility for their Choices

When it comes to classroom management, learning to deal with small disruptions is probably more important than figuring out what to about the big stuff. One reason is that those little things you might be tempted to ignore can  

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