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Beth Ferguson
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wife, mother, grandmother, and educator
wife, mother, grandmother, and educator

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Adventures with Books!
So I haven't posted here much this year!  But I'm still interested ... just trying to figure out what to share since I'm not active in the classroom. In the meanwhile, I've begun a new adventure ... with Usborne Books & More.  I don't consider myself a sale...
Adventures with Books!
Adventures with Books!
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What makes us different?
Generally I don't write anything about politics. But my heart is broken for the deaths of our children. It is time those of us who have been silent to speak out! The Chicago Tribune reported today, data that was collected by the Academy for Critical Incide...
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Life-long Learning - My Teaching Story
Once upon a time ...  My teaching story goes back to 1970, graduating from high
school, heading to college, thinking child psychology looked interesting and
teaching looked practical. In those days, I envisioned myself as an elementary teacher
who loved mat...
Life-long Learning - My Teaching Story
Life-long Learning - My Teaching Story
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a few favorite games
I like small games ... I am not a fan of whole class games. It's a personal classroom management issue.  Most of the games I used were to practice a specific skill. Games and sites for finding more games include these ... Dots and Boxes ... you've played th...
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Favorite Education Books
Writing about my favorite education books is a tall order ... I love to read, and I especially love to read about education topics. Here are a few of my favorites ... books that stay close by ... books that are ear-marked with sticky notes! The Strategic Te...
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Minutes that Matter Most
It's the first ones and the last ones! A year or two ago, Edutopia published an article,  The 8 Minutes that Matter Most . In the article the author writes, "That is the crux of lesson planning right there -- endings and beginnings. If we fail to engage stu...
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Favorite Exploratory Labs to Introduce Various Functions
I thought I would repost these lab activities .  They are all favorite a ctivities! Using lab explorations to introduce functions in Algebra provides engagement as well as data collection analysis activities.  Students use everyday materials to collect data...
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Critical Thinking is a Favorite!
For this week's prompt ... "Your Favorite Math Task / Activity / Lesson" there was a clarification that it can be a small task or entire lesson. I'd like to share critical thinking questions that I use in various lessons for small group discussion and expla...
Critical Thinking is a Favorite!
Critical Thinking is a Favorite!
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How to plan for a substitute
I much prefer to teach than to plan for a substitute!  That said, there were a few things that worked well in past years. If I had time ... If I knew I was going to be absent, and had time to prepare ... I loved using online apps that capture students' work...
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