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I'm NOT going paperless. Here's Why...
I should start by saying that I consider myself a somewhat tech-savvy teacher.   I embrace new
technology and I am often the first in my building to experiment with the
latest digital learning tool.   However,
last school year I noticed that digital technol...
I'm NOT going paperless. Here's Why...
I'm NOT going paperless. Here's Why...
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5 Ways to Teach Visual Note-Taking Skills
I’m going to start with a classroom fail, which is the main inspiration for this post. For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a visual note-taker.  When my 11th grade ELA teacher required an outline for a paper, I created a storyboard instead.  I do...
5 Ways to Teach Visual Note-Taking Skills
5 Ways to Teach Visual Note-Taking Skills
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NGSS Models in the Classroom: Reflections and Revisions
NGSS Models in the Classroom: Representations, Reflections, And Revisions: In the science community, models can be physical, conceptual, or mathematical. They are representations of more complex systems that are often used to make predictions. Models may be...
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Metacognition in the Middle School Classroom
Metacognition in the Middle School Classroom Middle School kids are learning all the time, whether or not they want to admit it. So when Emmett’s mom asks  what he learned in science and he says, “Nothing,” she knows that response is not representative of ...
Metacognition in the Middle School Classroom
Metacognition in the Middle School Classroom
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The Power of Visual Note-taking
Photo by  Neven Krcmarek  on  Unsplash Notes
are a necessary part of science instruction in middle school. Maybe you have
students fill in note-taking sheets that you have typed up, or maybe they add their
thoughts to print-outs of PowerPoint slides. Some t...
The Power of Visual Note-taking
The Power of Visual Note-taking
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3 Back to School Rules that will Change the Way You Start Your Year
I can almost smell the optimism when I set-up my classroom each year.  There is something magical about a room that is completely free of missing homework assignments, looming test dates and cold and flu germs.  None of those things are going to happen this...
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30-Minute File Cabinet Makeover with Free Template
I'm really working on classroom organization.  It improves my productivity with students, so I know it is time well-invested. However, I have to admit that for the longest time I have been avoiding my paper file cabinet!  Until recently, it was in need of a...
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Three Holiday Hustle and Bustle Busters for the Classroom!
The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break are tough for teachers everywhere.  Students are distracted.  Let's face it...teachers are distracted too!  Here are three tips for busting the holiday hustle and bustle during the next few weeks! 1) Don't ...
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Writing in Science
Why do we have to learn this? I just love when my students ask this.  No seriously!  It shows that they are making valid connections between their learning and how they might apply it.  Adults ask this all the time, but it is often a frustrating question fo...
Writing in Science
Writing in Science
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Active Study Strategies: Explicit Instruction in Science
Your first major unit test is approaching. They already know HOW to study for a test right? Teachers assume that kids come equipped with subject area study skills, but do they? Students Need Explicit Instruction on HOW To Study in Each Subject Area A vast m...
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