I dislike the calculator accommodation! Find out why.

Today, I’m going to share my opinion on something that I seriously hope is not offensive or argumentative.  Over the last five years, I have spent a lot of time in upper elementary classrooms.  I’ve played two roles, a special education teacher and a general education teacher.  Regardless of my role, my opinion has remained the same.  At the elementary level, a calculator accommodation is really not necessary.  Despite that last statement, I’ve noticed that we tend to throw that accommodation to nearly all students with an IEP. Who should receive a calculator accommodation? Good question! Often times, I’ve heard…

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Mastering Math Facts!

Hey there!  I’ve missed you all!  My post today is one that I have slaved over for WEEKS!  Seriously.  I don’t know about you but many of my fifth grade students are really struggling with basic multiplication facts.  It’s sad to see them understanding HOW to do things but not be able to complete them correctly on a consistent basis due to math fact mastery.  So as any teacher-author would do, I set to creating a solution! Now, maybe I’ve been helping my kindergartener with her book club where they use these folders to transport books to and from school;…

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