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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  

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The Great Chicago Fire: Free Upper Elementary Resources

Do you remember singing the silly campfire song about old Mother Leary who left a lantern in her shed?  It goes like  

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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  

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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,  

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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  

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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  

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40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club Membership Giveaway

I’ve been raving about Angela Watson’s 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club for years because I truly believe that it’s  

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How to Turn a Word Problem into a Rich Math Task (Part Two)

Part Two: Crafting the Process

When students struggle in math, it’s often due to their beliefs about what it takes to be successful  

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