Engage Students with E-Tools from Flippity

I love when I find free interactive websites I can use in my classroom. Integrating technology not only saves you paper and time, it also engages students and builds 21st century skills. Flippity.net is a really cool website with different tools for teachers. You don’t even need to sign up for an account! Spinner This tool is called “random name…

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Taking Your Rubrics to the Next Level


In my first post about rubrics I defined what a rubric is and the parts of a rubric. Assuming you now know the basics, I’m going to talk about how to make your rubric even better. Here are some common problems people have when they first start developing rubrics: I have a student who falls between two boxes on the…

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Communicating with Parents from School

Having open and regular communication with parents is so important. Teachers should communicate often to parents regarding events in the school, student’s academic progress and their behavior progress. This post focusing more on ways you can communicate with parents about student behavior. If you haven’t read my post on my favorite classroom management systems, check it out by clicking the…

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7 Tips to Get Organized and Save Time

Time!! There never seems to be enough of it. No matter what you teach or how long you’ve taught, there’s always the need for more time . Over the years I’ve discovered several ways of organizing myself and my materials that create much more efficiency and ultimately SAVE ME TIME. I’ve compiled my top seven time saving tips below. 1.…

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How to Plan for Inquiry-Based Learning

In simple form, inquiry-based learning is more of a student-directed way of learning rather than teacher-directed. In some cases, teachers may set the general framework for learning, but for the most part, the learning is based on the students questions, ideas and passions. But how do you provoke those questions in the first place? Inquiry-based learning still requires preparation from…

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Promote Teacher’s Growth with Instructional Rounds

When I first introduced Instructional Rounds at my school, teachers had never heard of them. I needed to break down what they are and what they aren’t. It’s not an opportunity for one teacher to observe and evaluate another. Instead, the teachers participating are trying to see what strengths another teacher has that they can grab and implement in their…

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Making Group Work More Effective In the Classroom

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We’ve all given those group assignments and at the end you know that one or two of the group members ended up doing all the work while the other 1 or 2 group members just messed around. Group work can be a great way for students to work together, learn to communicate and support each other in learning. However, this…

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How to Differentiate with Choice Boards

Choice boards are a piece of paper with squares on it, each with a different activity for students to complete. Students can choose any of the activities they want to do. Sometimes teachers guide the students by telling them to complete one activity from each row or to try to get 3 in a row like in the game BINGO.…

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How to Make Any Worksheet into a Game

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These days it’s so easy to go online and quickly print off a worksheet for your students to complete. Sometimes though you can be guilty of worksheet overload! Check out these fun ideas below for how you can use the same printed worksheet but add a lot more engagement, fun and movement to it. Everybody Knows (Numbered Heads Together) Number…

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Grading Made Easy

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First off, if your school requires you to mark every worksheet, assignment and slip of paper and enter it into the gradebook…..this post isn’t for you. However, if your school is shifting towards standards-based grade cards; if it encourages students to be highly active and creative and focuses less on students marks and test scores, keep reading. This post will…

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