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Classroom Caboodle
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Teacher resources for elementary student success
Teacher resources for elementary student success

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Several years ago, I identified my weakest area as being writing. I loved teaching math and I enjoyed teaching reading, but writing was so difficult… especially since kids often came to my fourth-grade classroom barely knowing how to put a sentence together.

I spent most of the summer putting together a very solid writing plan with a focus on motivating students using mentor texts. By the end of summer I was very excited about teaching this subject and I know that helped launch my writing program with a bang in the fall.

Have you ever done something similar?
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Frustrating.
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Tell me I'm not alone here?
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I have the most success during summer breaks when I choose just one area of my teaching to work on and improve. I highly recommend choosing the ONE area that you feel you are weakest in and building up your strength.
And I’m not just talking about going to professional development classes. I’m talking about gathering your lessons and resources and really putting together a plan that works for you.
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Look for ways to create cosy spots and niches in your room for student reading.
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If I had to pick my least favorite interview question it would be this one "tell me your greatest weakness?" What's yours?
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How much of a real break do you plan to take this summer? I’m talking about the period of time during which you aren't even thinking about teaching?
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