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Tamara V. Russell
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Last Blogger Post Ever
Well, friends, I've finally moved on to a wordpress blog! I pulled up my 'big girl pants' and did it! :) I hope you'll enjoy following my adventures on my new blog as well as on this one! :) Thanks so much for your support! www.tamaravrussell.com 

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Third Grade Writing
I am so excited to be 'back in the saddle' and teaching third grade again this year! I've been busily working on learning the new standards and crafting a plan that works for my new students in the fall.  If you've followed me for any length of time, you kn...

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5 Reasons You Need to Be Teaching Cursive
Cursive writing is one of the many things required in elementary school that often gets pushed aside to create more time for student test prep.  I for one LOVE teaching cursive writing and will be teaching it throughout the year for quite a few reasons. 1.)...

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19 Uptempo End of the Year Slideshow Songs
Do you love doing an end of the year slide show as much as I do?  It's so much fun to remember all the things I did with the kids throughout the year.  Here's a list of my favorite up tempo songs for slideshows!  I hope you'll be able to use these to enjoy ...

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4 Qualities That Will Keep You in the Classroom for 20 Years
Next year will be my twentieth year in the classroom, and I suppose that has me feeling pretty nostalgic.  When I started, I never really thought I'd stick with it, to be honest.  I wanted other things for my life.  The draw of relationship with my parents ...

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6 Easy Steps for Teaching: Money
Hello friends! :)  So excited to share about how differently teaching money to my learners was this year, than last year. I've introduced a stronger standards based approach with my kids and I now hear and see more depth from them than I did before using th...

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15 Sappy End of the Year Slideshow Songs
Every once in a great while, you have a class of kids that when you think about them...or see photos of them while you are hearing just the right song, that singular, solitary tear leaks out of your eye.  Welp....this is my year! :) Totally in love with my ...

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STEAM in the Primary Classroom: Making Bubbles
I love integrating science into my reading block.  A unit on bubbles is a great way to finish out the year.  Since we're a STEAM school, we have to have several STEAM activities throughout the year.  In first grade, each classroom does a special experiment ...

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Breaking Down the Standards with Elementary Learners
One of the things that I have become more passionate about over the years is digging into the standards. I've always been a standards based teacher, but in the last six years, I think I've worked on taking what I already do to a new level.  My old grade cha...

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SDE New England PreK - 3 Conference
Happy Tuesday to ya! I'm writing from 30,000 ft. in the air!  I just left Baltimore and I am headed home. I was so excited about the conference I wanted to share my takeaways and a few things that I shared with the folks who came to see me. Training for SDE...
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