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The Ultimate Puzzle Book for Kids

Picture it, Dallas, 1986… going into Toys ‘R Us for a reward with my parents and being the child who was always wanting to learn more, I picked up workbooks and many a puzzle book over being able to get toys. No matter where we went if I was able

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5 Ways to Use Solve and Snips

5 Different Ways to Use Solve and Snips

When I began teaching Middle School math, I became apparently aware that my students detested working with word problems. It didn’t matter if I worked them with them, I asked them to show their strategies, or even let them work with partners or in groups… they HATED them. But I

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Implementing Math Workshop for Back to School

Last month I had the absolute privilege of speaking to over 400 3-8th grade teachers at CAMT 2019 about Setting up Math Workshop for Success in two sessions. Not only was this year the absolute best I’ve ever presented, but the 3-5th grade session was so packed that we had

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Strategies to Motivate Students Who Just Don't Wanna

Motivating Students Who Just Don’t Wanna

Have you ever heard either of these from your students in class? “but Miss….. I don’t wanna…..” or “well, I didn’t think I had to do it.” You are probably nodding your head right now and totally get me because you have been there. Maybe you were even there this

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Creating New Years Goals in the Classroom

Creating New Years Goals

Can you believe that we are coming close to the end of 2018? This means that when we go back to school we will have started a brand new year. I don’t know about your students but with mine there always seemed to be a HUGE maturity change over the

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3 Ways to Differentiate Connect Four

When creating my latest set of activities, Connect Four, for various topics I created a very easy to follow set of directions that made it the same throughout all of the downloads so that you could implement them easily into your classroom. After working with the Connect Four games with

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Free Halloween Math

Treats Are Up For Grabs!

Halloween is just around the corner and we all know that our students get SO EXCITED when it arrives! Long gone are the days when we get to do much celebrating in the classroom but that doesn’t mean that we can’t do a fun activity to make the day a

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Creating a Homework Station at Home

10 MUST HAVE Items for Setting Up a Homework Station

Creating a great homework station that has everything that your students need without them having to hunt for supplies is important to ensuring that homework gets done thoroughly and without any drama. Whether you’re setting something up for your own children or putting together some suggestions for your students’ families,

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Setting Up Interactive Notebooks with Video

Setting Up Interactive Notebooks from the Beginning

Time and time again I am asked numerous questions about Interactive Notebooks because people know that I not only LOVE INBs but I have been using them, creating them and training other teachers on them for the better part of the past decade. Recently one of my Facebook Group members

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