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Teacher Appreciation Gift and Giveaway

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! I’m thankful for teachers like you who are making a difference in children’s lives. In fact, I think that EVERY week should be Teacher Appreciation Week!

To show my gratitude for your hard work and dedication  

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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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Leprechaun Luck Game and the FREE March Math Toolbox!

If you enjoy teaching math (or even if you don’t!), you’ll love the resources in the March Math Toolbox! You’re in luck, too, because  

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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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A Tribute to Francie, the Heart of Caring Classrooms

When my first DonorsChoose.org project was funded, I felt like I had hit the jackpot! I began telling everyone about this wonderful organization, and my enthusiasm was  

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February Fun – Free Lessons You’ll Love!

February is packed with fun holidays, making it a great time to integrate seasonal activities into your lessons. This year we celebrate the Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents’ Day, to name just a few. I’m sure you’re  

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Chinese New Year Traditions: Free Teaching Resources

Celebrating the Chinese New Year is a terrific way to introduce kids to the concept of holidays around the world. Your students may not realize that people in other countries often celebrate completely different holidays, or they may celebrate  

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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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Fostering a Growth Mindset with Brain Bucks

Teaching kids what it means to have a growth mindset is often easier than helping them replace their fixed mindset thoughts and behaviors with more empowering ones. For example, students who’ve learned that mistakes are an important part of the  

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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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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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