I am passionate about using guided reading and math small groups with centers. I just can't imagine teaching diverse learners any other way. I have had lots of followers and colleagues give up on centers, especially math, because they didn't work in their classroom. I did a guest blog post for Rachel Lynette's Minds in Bloom site. I share 5 of the ways that I make centers work in my classroom. I am confident they can work in your classroom too!! Read the post by clicking HERE . ...
I hope that the title of this post caught your attention! I am so excited to be able to give ALL of you my newest interactive notebook for FREE! The notebook includes fact flaps for 2 digit and 3 digit numbers. I included sets that require regrouping and sets that don't for both addition and subtraction.  There are a total of 8 different math fact flap pages to choose from! The notebook also includes word problem flaps. I included one for addition, one for subtraction and one with mixed operations. I think that these activities would be great practice for 2nd and 3rd graders. They may also be useful for the beginning of the year or intervention 4th grader. And they are FREEEEEE! All you need to do is sign up for my email newsletter using the sign up box below . I will email you shortly with your notebook! You will also receive occasional emails from me with freebies, classroom tips and discount codes!  So what are you waiting for?! Just...
It is our final week of the Back to School in a FLASH blog linky! This week we are blogging all about student engagement. I have some great ideas for you! Student engagement is my number one goal in the classroom. None of the academic goals can be achieved without student engagement. It is essential! My biggest advice to you is to d ecrease teacher talk and the time students spend in their desks . I use guided reading and math groups to help create an engaged atmosphere where students are moving regularly and I am not lecturing all day. I want to share five more ways that I keep my students engaged in our lessons. I LOVE this quote by Eric Jensen: "If you don't have time to play music when you teach then you talk too much." TRUTH! There is so much research out there about how music lowers anxiety and nerves and releases endorphins that make you happy. Music wakes you up and makes your body move! Use music to increase student engagement. Get them ready to ...
I am really excited to show off my new focus bulletin board!  I use most of Whole Brain Teaching rules . I did opt to exclude "Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat." I have a student led classroom. I show students where to find supplies and discuss when they can and cannot get up. They don't need to ask me for a new marker or permission to get a drink. They know when this is allowed. I use the other four rules and LOVE them! You can grab my rules in by store by clicking HERE . The letters that I used for this board came in an old scrapbook kit that I purchased at least a decade ago. I am required to display "I can" statements for the core subjects. I chose to keep mine very general so that they will not need to be switched out too often. You can purchase them HERE . The statements are displayed in dry erase pockets. I got mine on Amazon but many people have posted about finding them at Dollar Tree. You can download my headings for free b...
I am so excited to be collaborating with all of the iTeach teams to offer you an amazing prize as you prepare to head back to school! Who wants to win an iPad Air 2, an adorable case and a gift card to iTunes?!! Of course you want to win! So click on the picture above to get entered. Be sure to share with you teaching friends. Maybe if they win, they will let you bottom the iPad from time to time. ;-) Also, don't forget to go back to my last post and get yourself registered for a chance to win a shopping spree on TpT! Good luck, my fiends! ...
Welcome back for our second week of the Back to School in a Flash blog linky series! I had a great time reading all of the posts last week about Teacher Faves. Click HERE if you missed it! This week we are talking about Curriculum Must Haves!  Curriculum is the perfect topic for this week because TpT is hosting their back to school sale and everything is discounted 20-28%! Here are my must have products... My first must have product is one that I made. I use a guided math format in my classroom. While I work with my small groups, my students complete different centers. One of the centers is independent work. This is a center where students show me what they can do on their own. I wanted students to be practicing skills that we have already covered in class. I didn't want it to be a boring worksheet. It needed to be hands-on. I wanted my independent center to change once per month, but to always have the same format. And that is how this series of math...