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Val Ruckes
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I Teach Students To Love Learning
I Teach Students To Love Learning

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Reading events are a great way to connect with your school family and share your love for reading.

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Hi, how is it going?

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In Reflection, In Celebration
Today is the last day of the Slice of Life Story Challenge.  It's been 31 days of writing.  Sometimes the words came effortlessly and sometimes the words were strained.  It's a day for reflections and a day of celebration. In Reflection This challenge has h...

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Today I...
I use this format in the beginning of the year with my first grade bloggers.  I decided to use it for today's Slice since I am running out of both time and inspiration. Today I ... hugged my pillow a little bit tighter because I did NOT want to get out of b...

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Students Need to Connect (Day 29 #SOL15)
It's true that most kids love to tell stories and share what's going on in their lives.  When one of my first graders wears a new pair of shoes, they can't wait to show me.  If they bring a new backpack to school, they can't wait to show me.  When they loos...

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Accepting the Bad with the Good (Day 28 of SOL15)
Since I teach first grade, I'm assigned an early childhood education para-educator.  This individual is assigned to my classroom three days a week for 45 minutes.  I don't get to choose which person is assigned to my room, however, this year I was fortunate...

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Don't Quit Your Daydream
This week we had a "wearing words" day to celebrate March is Reading Month.  My shirt said, Don't Quit Your Daydream. Today I was thinking about daydreams.  In a classroom setting, daydreams have a negative connotation.  When kids are daydreaming, we see th...

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My Top Two Patience Testers (Day 26 of SOL15)
I think you need to have a lot of patience to teach a group of first graders.  When I find myself loosing patience, I remind myself that they're only 6 years old.  Today I'm considering two things that are currently testing my patience.  I'm calling them Pa...

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The Power of Laughter (SOL15 Day 25)
Today's Slice is sort of a part three to the continuing story of one of my first graders.  Two days ago I wrote about his uncooperative behavior during our guided reading lesson.  Yesterday, I wrote about how this little one had turned things around, and at...
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