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Tamra Dollar
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Confessions of a Literacy Coach
Confessions of a Literacy Coach

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It's the end of the year and a perfect time to declutter your classroom! For some educators this is an easy; but if you are an educational hoarder, it can be overwhelming! These tried and true tips will help hoarders and nonhoarders alike!
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Have you ever had someone (most likely a stranger) say JUST the right thing to you at JUST the right moment? Have you had someone open a door of opportunity for you, you could not have opened on your own? When these surprise encounters happen seemingly by chance, or presumptuously, you may have just experienced a "God wink"!
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Check out ways children's literature can help teachers support challenging students!
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Check out my latest post! This is especially helpful for teachers who teach challenging students!
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Hack Learning is movement to support educators in finding innovative solutions to problems. A weekly #HackLearning  Twitter chat takes place every Sunday morning. Check times and upcoming topic with questions posted on Twitter @Hackmylearning
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I'm ringing in the New Year by reviewing my personal choices for the top 10 posts from Confessions of a Literacy Coach. These make me laugh, cry, and cringe at times. Thank you for reading! Tamra
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What happens when a multimodal lesson from newcomers goes unfinished? Magic! Check out my newest blog: Heart Maps under Construction
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You're a first year teacher, eager to implement strategies and creative lessons you designed as a pre-service teacher in your university courses. Suddenly, you realize there is an invisible system in place to stifle the changes that are so needed in our classrooms. You feel confused. Your district and campus interviews went off without a hitch. Your future principal glowed as you answered questions about student collaboration, formative assessment, and student voice and choice. It is now November, and your hopes for being the type of teacher you dreamed of being have been crushed. If you are a new teacher and you can identity with this scenario, this blog is for you!
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Are you experiencing a mid-October slump? Do you yearn for a fresh idea to keep learning motivating? Check out my new blog!
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Does your head spin when you hear English colloquials such as "It's raining cats and dogs"? Do you want to throw in the towel when you read essays in which the student runs "as fast as a cheetah"? If so, this blog is for you! Check out some ways to add sparkle to lessons on figurative language without beating a dead horse!
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