Templates for Faster, Easier Lesson Planning

I’ll begin with a confession; I am a total Type A kinda girl.  I like to have everything planned to a T.  I like everything to be organized.  I am a complete and total perfectionist.  And most of all, I like routine.  Shew, that was rough!  But hey, that’s just me.  ๐Ÿ™‚ When it comes to planning, I have always been a “template person”.  At the beginning of the year, I always outline my day in a template format.  Then, when it comes time to write lesson plans, I just start plugging in my daily activities. Last year, I switch… View Post

Checking Station: An Essential Component for Centers

Whether you follow my blog often or this is your first visit, you need to know one thing about me; I love using centers in my classroom.  Several years ago, I had a checking station that just sort of……invented itself!  In my special education classroom, I supplied all of the classroom supplies, such as markers, colored pencils, and scissors.  I happened to have the markers in a cute container coincidentally next to the answer keys that I required my students to use to check their own work.  In time, this station just unfolded.  Markers + Answer Keys = Checking Station!… View Post

2015 Teacher Tool Gift Exchange Linky!

Last weekend, I attended the Spring Blogger Meet up in French Lick, Indiana.  We had over 100 teachers and bloggers in one room.  Let me tell ya, it was amazing!  We were able to share ideas about our teaching and our blogging.  It was so inspirational and rejuvenating! Now, if there is one thing that teachers love, it is office supplies and tools for the classroom.  So we held our annual Teacher Tool Gift Exchange.  Each blogger brought something that they use in their classroom that they love and want to share with a fellow teacher. In this wonderful gift… View Post

Independent Work Time: How I Differentiate Effectively

So if you have followed my blog for long, you have heard about my use of what I call a “Bubble Page.”  With moving from the special education setting, where I used this in strictly reading, I had to find a way to use this in general education math.  As I worked my way through this, I decided that this is something that could take differentiation to the max in any classroom. Differentiation is something that is a passion of mine and something I feel is a great strength in my daily routines.  Maybe it’s the special education teacher in me,… View Post
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