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Lydia Leslie
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Teachers: Stop Grouping your Students According to Sex
"We'll play this game boys vs. girls." "All the boys can read on the floor today, girls at your desks." "Girls line up, boys line up." How often do we hear these phrases in a classroom on an average day? Pretty often, in my experience. It's incredibly commo...

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Worst Blogger Ever
Wow! Haven't blogged since September of last year! Ooooops! Let's just say I've been busy! Last year was awesome. I LOVED departmentalizing, and we had an awesome group of kids. I continued to use Math Workshop last year with great success. I paired it with...

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New Year, New Things!
I am officially a month into my second full year of teaching! It has been so much fun already. This year instead of being a self contained 5th grade classroom, we have been departmentalized. I now teach math, science, and social studies to 2 groups of kids ...

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LUCKY!
So this evening I was laying in bed reading "Wonder" by RJ Palacio. It's a great story with important life lessons, big questions, and both heart warming and gut wrenching moments throughout. Sooo needless to say, I was a teensy bit emotional. At a moment w...

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BLOGGING IS HARD!
Well, here I am, 6 months after my last post. OOPS!  Spring semester FLEW by- and now my first year of teaching is over! I can't believe it. I had such an amazing year. I learned so much and worked so hard and just loved every minute of it. The last day of ...

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It's Already 2014?!?!
It's already 2014?!? Quite a bit into 2014, actually! Wow. I can't believe my first year of teaching is halfway through! It has seriously FLOWN by. It's been so much fun- and so much work! Before I know it, it will be time for the 5th grade writing test, th...

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I haven't updated in a while because school (and life) have been SO. CRAZY. Being a first year teacher is no joke. I can't believe how fast this year is going- before I know it, it will be Christmas, then 2nd semester, then the end of the year! Whew! Here a...

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My Solution to the Pencil Problem!
Pencils. UGH. They are just always a problem! I know there are lots of different ways teachers handle the pencil situation, and I definitely don't think there is only one solution. Here's the system I use, and while it's not 100% perfect, it works well in m...

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October Currently
I can't believe it's October 7th! October is probably one of my favorite months. I'm happy to see it again! Listening: I'm psyched the Amazing Race is back! I just hate when 60 minutes runs over and I don't get to see the end of the show!  Loving: My dad he...
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