2016-2017 Classroom Tour

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I can’t believe that this year starts my 10th year teaching. As I’ve been teaching, the style in which I teach has changed as well as my classroom. This year is probably my most favorite. I went simple with bright & black colors. I absolutely love it!   This is the view from my classroom door. There was actually a wall between the two windows that was taken out this summer to allow for a larger area for my reading…

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Class Photos, Classroom Setup, featured

Reading Workshop in the Upper Grades

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Just because I teach 5th grade doesn’t mean my students are too old for reading workshop! Many teachers have the idea that once a student gets past 2nd or 3rd grade, the workshop model is not appropriate. I’ve been using the workshop model in both math and reading for the past 7 years! When I taught workshop math, my test scores were always above the state, regional area, and district. Reading workshop is a bit more challenging because so many…

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Must-Have Professional Reads for the ELA Classroom

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Do you like to read PD books? I’m a PD guru! The one thing that has made the most impact on my teaching is PD reading. I LOVE reading PD books with ideas and strategies that I can take right back to my classroom! Some of these books have really changed the way I teach and the way I think about teaching. Below each  ‘blurb’ I have included my Amazon affiliate link if you are interested in purchasing the book…

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Teacher Planner & Curriculum Binder

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Hey y’all! I’m super excited to share my all new 2016-2017 A.DOR.ABLE Teacher Planner & Curriculum Binder with you! I finished it last week, but I’ve kept adding things to it. I mean, I just can’t stop! I think I am done now, and you get both designs in one! How awesome is that? It includes everything you need to plan including divider pages and tabs. For a complete list of what this resource offers, check it out HERE. I am…

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Curriculum Binder, featured, lesson plans

Top 3 Pins & Goals for June

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Hi there! I am linking up once again for my top 3 pins for June. This time, I’m adding in something for myself! Three goals that I want to accomplish this month. Ready? Here we go! Three goals I have for this month are listed in the order of importance: #1: Hit the ground running with some GREAT new resources. I’ve been so tired with EOY stuff that I haven’t had time to work on ANYTHING! I have a lot…

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May Monthly Reflection

As I get ‘seasoned’ with teaching, I realize just how important it is to REFLECT on things. Not fuss, not gripe, and not complain.. but reflect! As a goal for my new school year that is approaching, one of the things I want to get better at is reflecting (there are others, but you will hear more about them later 🙂 So, I’ve decided to make reflection post at the end of each month. These posts will be both personal…

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