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That’s A Great Idea, But..

I'm guilty of it. Like standing in the subway, waving goodbye as the doors slide shut, I've been exposed to ideas that I don't jump on board with because "that's a great idea but it won't work for my students". And sometimes, it's true. Not everything that comes down the pike is actually a good idea. Not everything… Continue reading That’s A Great Idea, But..

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Are You Setting Goals Or Making Wishes?

You've collaborated with your students to set goals. Now what? Just like our students, we also set our own goals.  Whether it's losing weight, saving money, or taking up a new hobby, we set these goals with good intentions and self-motivation. At that moment. And then, the moment passes. When we don't take the time… Continue reading Are You Setting Goals Or Making Wishes?

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Empowering Families Through Student-Led Conferences

One of the best things I've done this year was to implement student-led conferences. This was a learning experience for me! I definitely stepped out of my own comfort zone here by turning over the conference to my students. I want to see students as critical thinkers in all areas,  including an awareness of their… Continue reading Empowering Families Through Student-Led Conferences

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4th Grade Writing Battles Begin!

My students have been working hard on their writing this year. We are currently perfecting our skills in the area of expository writing. As we head into Black History Month, as well as our upcoming Alamo unit, we've been reading and learning about people that are considered heroes. We have had great conversations about traits… Continue reading 4th Grade Writing Battles Begin!

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On Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

As an article I recently read on Edutopia reveals: "Researchers generally agree upon five key competencies of SEL (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor & Schellinger, 2011 (10)). These competencies provide the foundation for maintaining high-quality social relationships and for responding to the challenges of life": "Responding to the challenges of life".  What a simply powerful way to describe our… Continue reading On Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning