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Guided Reading groups
I struggle with the organization of these groups. But I liked this idea from "The Organized Classroom" site. She keeps her supplies in one crate with file folders for each group and what they will be doing that week. I think this would keep me more on track...

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Redefining the Writing Process with iPads
In this article, Beth Holland, talks about using iPads to change the way students write. The process in which we learned to write can be done more interactively through this device. I don't have an iPad as of yet, but would love to have one for my classroom...

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Bottle cap letters diy
Ok, I just got super excited! Recycling water bottle caps to make letters to use in a center at school! Love it! I am always searching for ideas to use in my classroom! I will be on this one right away! These bottle cap letters will be easy for little finge...

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3 Strategies to Promote Independent Thinking in the Classroom
This article caught my eye because my school is all about creating independent thinkers. As I read it, I like the ideas of sequencing instruction, recovering from mistakes, and setting goals. They gave examples of these ideas for older classrooms. Now I nee...

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Well as I muddled through this assignment and wanted to throw my computer through the window when attempting to use the Audacity site. I decided it was best to just start over and find a better program! And I did!! I used WavPad Sound Editor, and it was so ...

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Centering Around Technology
This article caught my eye on The Organized Classroom Blog. Though I only have one computer for student use in my classroom, I am deciding how I want to utilize this technology. I read about a free website that may help me to do that in this article. I am a...

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Let's Play and Learn
I liked this post about using Play Doh in the classroom. I use it all the time. I not only use it for a fine motor activity, but I also use it in my Literacy and Math centers. I really like her ideas for play doh mats that she made and will consider making ...

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PS4 vs. XBox One article from ReadWrite
OK this has nothing to do with teaching! Well maybe! This article caught my eye because we are thinking about buying a PS4. I will definitely have my husband read this one! It amazes me what these gaming consoles have become! No longer are they just for gam...

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Teaching Students How to Have a Conversation from edutopia
As I read this article, it made me think of all the things I do in my Kindergarten classroom that relates to this without even thinking about it! Kindergartners are learning to communicate in appropriate ways all day long! I loved the 8 tips for speaking an...

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Another great feed I was checking out on Feedly was Women's Health Magazine! There was an article about 5 healthy quick breakfast choices. I found this interesting as my family has decided we have to change our ways of eating. Breakfast before school is a t...
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