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Mindi Rench
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mom, teacher, cook, laundress, reader, errand-runner, kid-driver
mom, teacher, cook, laundress, reader, errand-runner, kid-driver

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Happy New (School) Year!
I took this picture the morning of the first day of student attendance.  My classroom was set up, my plans (for the day at least) were made.  All that was missing was the kids.  As I stood in my ready-and-waiting classroom, I took a moment to think about th...
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Sibert Smackdown 2018
Right now, my third graders are deep into our study of informational text.  We've spent time looking closely at different kinds of informational texts, examining text features, poring over photographs and infographics, and discussing how authors write about...
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Struggle is Real
Sometimes, when I read the various blogs I subscribe to or scroll through my Facebook and Instagram feeds, I wonder how everybody but me manages to make everything work all of the time.  I realize that's not the case, but it is easy to be caught up in the p...
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Get off the train, Mindi!
Photo via Creative Commons. Attribution here . I am about to start my third week of school.  As I sat at my desk at school yesterday (yes, I went in on Sunday), surrounded by my teacher's editions and unit plans, I began to feel a twinge of familiar anxiety...
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Building Stamina
The transition from the freedom of summer to the routines of the school year can be difficult, even for teachers.  During the summer, I can wake up whenever my body decides I've had enough sleep.  I can eat when I'm hungry.  I can read when I want for as lo...
Building Stamina
Building Stamina
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The Decisions Series: Knowing When to Turn Off the Light and Shut the Door
Today at 5pm, I turned off my classroom lights and shut my door.  This was the last thing I saw as I left my room: I felt a sense of satisfaction as I walked through the door.  I GOT the job done, and now I get to enjoy my last weekend of summer before I me...
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The Decisions Series: Part 3 - Classroom Environment
Once upon a time, I thought it was important that I cover every inch of wall space in my classroom with inspirational Argus posters (think kitten dangling from a branch with "Hang In There" written in a cute font across the top).  I thought the brighter and...
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The Decisions Series: Part 2 - The Teacher Desk
Many teachers, both in my school and in my extended network, have decided to get rid of their teacher desks.  Their reasons vary:  some of them have very small classrooms and want to maximize space for students; some of them prefer to sit at a classroom tab...
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The Decisions Series: Part 1 - My Classroom Library
I spend a lot of time thinking about my classroom library. For me, this is the heart of my classroom. Community is made here. Thinking happens here. Eyes and hearts are opened here. Kids find themselves and the world here. I've invested a great deal of...
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It's Monday! Here's what I've been reading! July 17, 2017
It's been a while since I last posted my weekly reading round up!  Summer has been awesome and busy, and I find I haven't always been near my computer to write my post.  I've been reading A LOT this summer, and I've been finding awesome books to share with ...
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