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Amy Sellars
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#BOOKQUEST
This summer has been a little unusual. After seven years, I'm leaving the only school I've ever worked in and moving to a very different school.  I've taken a break from blogging, but not from professional development. My summer has been filled with prepari...

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Twitter: Connecting Kids and Authors
I devoured books as a kid. My mother was an avid reader, too. She made sure we had shelves of books at home and regular trips to the Andalusia Public Library. I always believed that anyone could love reading if they just found the right book. My daughter is...

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Classroom Clutter
I've been on a declutter kick for the past few weeks. I'm organizing all of my resources. Soon I plan to write a lengthy blog post detailing my new organizational system for task cards, games, and other academic resources. It is changing my life! My class f...

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Flexible Seating for Flexible Students
Creativity, collaboration, critical thinking skills, and rich communication are just a few of the things teachers are demanding of elementary age students these days. Teachers are hoping to help build these skills in students and when you see a glimmer of t...

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ADHD Podcast Link
On Thursday night I participated in my first live webcast. It was a learning experience and so much fun! Teachers Talk Live hosts live webcasts on education issues. A podcast on ADHD in the K-12 classroom may now be downloaded from iTunes at edulisten.com. ...

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Bring the Benefits of Homeschool into Traditional Classrooms
Over Spring Break I visited my brother and his family. Last summer they bought their dream home on top of a mountain in North Carolina, and my sister-in-law started homeschooling my niece and nephew this year. Although I have never been tempted to homeschoo...

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Building an Empire of Support: Professional Learning Network
"Do you have a PLN?" That question caught me off guard during a faculty meeting about a year ago. Uhm, I checked out Pinterest occasionally for ideas. TeachersPayTeachers was a constant source of inspiration and assistance, but besides the amazing teachers ...

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Mental Math and Money Madness
Am I the only teacher who cringes when I see a parent on facebook bashing Common Core math? My school didn't adopt Common Core standards, but we do teach a Singapore-based math curriculum so the concepts are very similar. Many of the Common Core standards w...

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Crazy Parents and Burned Out Teachers
To maximize their learning potential, students need support from teachers and parents. Unfortunately, this parent-teacher relationship is vulnerable. More than two decades ago I was majoring in Advertising at the University of Alabama. One of the first less...

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Declaring War on Math Anxiety!
Blank stares. Yesterday, I sat at my kidney shaped table with five students still struggling with long division and ten empty eyes stared back at me. Ten beautiful eyes that I've watched sparkle with curiosity and discovery this year. Ten eyes that were con...
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