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Amanda Pierce
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Taking Care of Myself
As a teacher, I feel very compelled to take care of others first and to take care of myself last.  After 11 years of teaching, my body had went through quite a change - and not in a good way.  With growing health concerns (blood pressure, cholesterol, asthm...

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Math Centers
I have 5 math centers in my classroom.  They are Numbers, Shapes, Graphs, Measurement, and Problem Solving.  I like making each center hands-on and interactive in some way.  I also like to have some recording sheet for each center.  Here is a summary of wha...

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Daily Morning Meeting and Afternoon Meeting
For the last two years, I have dedicated the first 15-20 minutes of our day to a Morning Meeting and the last 15-20 minutes to an Afternoon Meeting.  This allows us to have a set time to solve common problems, talk about any announcements, and to bond as a ...

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Writing Process Status of the Class Tracking Chart AND Writing Goals Chart
For our writing block each day, we have a quick mini-lesson and then work through the writing process in response to a weekly (sometimes bi-weekly) writing project/prompt.  I keep track of how students are making progress with this Status of the Class track...

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Book Character Costume - Big Chicken!
For Halloween this year, our school invited teachers to dress up as storybook characters.  I choose to dress as one of the chickens from the book Big Chickens  by Leslie Helakoski.   I made the costume with a white dress/bathing suit cover up from Goodwill ...

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Classroom Transition Songs and Chants
For the upcoming school year, I have been working to add more songs and chants into our school day to make our transitions more fun!  The following songs and chants were gathered from the Internet.  None of them are my own creation.  I tried to include a li...

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Class Library
My class library is a very important part of my classroom!  I have dedicated a lot of time and money to its establishment and use. Where to Find Books There are many places to find great books for a class library.  I bought most of my books at yard sales, t...

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Grab My Button
Here is my newly designed blog button!  I will be adding a "Grab My Button" icon on the blog!

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New Year's Activities - 2014
New Year's Eve is today and I am frantically trying to get lessons ready for my return to school.  I will be returning to school (with students) Thursday.  So, I have planned fun, New Year's activities to share with my children.  Here are the activities I h...

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Visual Rubric for Writing and Illustration Mini Posters
I have made it my own personal mission to change and improve my writing instruction and reading instruction this year.  So, I have spent a lot of time learning about different strategies teachers use and exploring Pinterest for great ideas!  On Pinterest, I...
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