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Tracy Newman
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Thoughtful Social Studies
Thoughtful Social Studies

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Summer Reads
Ok, friends and colleagues! We are down to SINGLE DIGITS in our countdown to the end of another crazy school year!!  Six or seven days after today. Woo!!! As always, I love to share my summer reading list. I usually feel like I have more brain power to spen...
Summer Reads
Summer Reads
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Beach Ball Docs
Where are we in the summer countdown? Eleven student-days of school left, right? It sure is hard to get kids to review for exams when it feels like beach weather outside!! Lets see if we can throw a bone (or a ball) to the beachy wanna-bes (um, me included!...
Beach Ball Docs
Beach Ball Docs
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Taboo Review
So, my absolutely favorite board game is Taboo. There was a period of time when I was in college that my roommate and I played it.  All. The Time. At one point, one of us could give the clue “green” and the other would know that the answer was “Indiana Jone...
Taboo Review
Taboo Review
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SWAT Team
So, It’s that time of year...  Time for review games! A reminder -- none of our kids (NOT A SINGLE ONE!!) are going to take a low-level, facts-only, memorization EOC or exam. I can only speak for Social Studies, but I suspect we are not alone on this... Our...
SWAT Team
SWAT Team
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Multiple Perspectives
Do your kids look at history like, well, um, ... kids? Do they assume that everything in history  was inevitable? Do they assume that everything in history happened for a “logical, purposeful” reason? Your kids aren’t alone. Plenty of adults also struggle w...
Multiple Perspectives
Multiple Perspectives
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Quick!
Quick! How fast can I cover this stuff before the testing calendar negates the whole month?   Omigoshican’tbelieveimthisbehindinmypacing wherewillifindthetimetodoanything imnevergonnagetthroughallthis? Sooooo, April, huh? I don’t know about you, but I think...
Quick!
Quick!
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Somebody Wanted ...
Summarizing is an important skill. It’s kind of a big deal, which is why it always surprises me when soooo many kids struggle with it! But it is really hard for many kids! Maybe it’s because the internet summarizes things for them, whether it’s a movie trai...
Somebody Wanted ...
Somebody Wanted ...
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That's So Meta
Metacognition is often defined as “thinking about thinking”. . Kids need metacognition for learning so that they can improve their reading, thinking and learning. Why? Metacognition increases students abilities to transfer or adapt their learning to new con...
That's So Meta
That's So Meta
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Start Me Up
So, when Mick Jagger sang “start me up”, I am pretty sure he wasn’t talking about sentence starters. But I am. I have learned a lot of things over the years about kids and learning. One of those things is that kids often struggle to know where to start when...
Start Me Up
Start Me Up
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I Love Sticky Notes
What is the one supply you could not live without in your classroom? Mine is sticky notes. I love sticky notes! I lovelovelovelove them. They are cheap, plentiful, colorful, and moveable. They are the best tool for organization, feedback, lists, ... and tea...
I Love Sticky Notes
I Love Sticky Notes
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