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Amy Press (Joys of A Teacher)
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I'm a first grade teacher who loves every minute of it.:) Check out my blog www.joysofateacher.blogspot.com to read about some of the fun things we do in my class.
I'm a first grade teacher who loves every minute of it.:) Check out my blog www.joysofateacher.blogspot.com to read about some of the fun things we do in my class.

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Love the Earth
Celebrate Earth Day April 22nd 
Teaching little ones about the Earth is very important to me.  I want my students to understand that there are ways to take care of the Earth to make sure it is always here for us. Every year I make sure to do something for Earth Day. This year I was also looking for my class to create something so that I could take down the penguins that were still hanging in the back of the room. 
On day one of our craftivity, we met at the carpet and read Michael Recycle  by Ellie Bethel. Michael Recycle on Amazon I like it because it rhymes, while also telling ways to take...

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Fact Fluency Data Collection
Hi All! I don't know about you, but I have found RTI to be a little overwhelming. I completely see the value in it, and I wholeheartedly believe in working with children at their levels of readiness. This year, however, I am struggling with finding the time...

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Color Words {FREEBIE}
Hey there folks! I know many of you are either beginning school or getting ready. Good luck to you! I have to say... I'm a little jealous. As much as I am enjoying the time off and the chance to unpack and set up my new house at my leisure, I'm starting to ...

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Increasing the Rigor Through Class Discussions
With the adoption of Common Core comes increased rigor. I remember the first year my school started REALLY focusing on the CCSS. All I heard about was rigor. How did you step up the rigor in your room? Are your lessons rigorous? I never really had an answer...

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"My Personal Side" Link-Up: My Favorite Mug
I've been reading teacher blogs for years. I love all the wonderful ideas out there that fellow teachers are willing to share. A lot of what has made me the teacher I am is from all the learning that I am continuously doing by reading and learning from thes...

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Buggy Fact Families and A Freebie
The countdown is on. I have eight more days of school... and two teacher work days... and then school is out for the summer. I have a lot of big plans for the summer, so it can't come quick enough. :) The last couple weeks of school are always tough because...
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