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Easy Hack for Teaching Map Directions

If you’re in Ohio and you’re driving to Texas, what direction are you traveling? Build map skills with easy to make overlays from transparency film! Sounds easy enough, right? Right? Hello? Map skills and map directions never really go away; the skills just keep building year after year. Students need

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Contact Paper Hack for Old Filing Cabinets

This is a quick blog post about the amazing transformation of an ugly duckling (in this case an old beat up filing cabinet) into a beautiful swan! Ok, well, beautiful might be a stretch – but it’s at least an attractive swan! Here is the before picture: I couldn’t look

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Improve Student Reading with DIY Reading Guides

Here’s a DIY hack to improve students’ reading by using a simple, easy-to-make reading guide to assist students with their tracking! You can easily make a simple “tool” to improve students’ visual tracking during reading. And best of all – it’s so easy! My students use these nearly every single

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Organizing Your Back to School Power Plan

Organizing your classroom can be done in less time than you think. Follow this simple organizational plan for primary, elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Ooh – that feeling when you notice the Back To School Aisle is on display in stores.  Does it make you giddy with excitement? Worried?

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Improve Student Spelling with this Easy Hack!

Here is my latest love – a “Spelling Sandbox”!!  This spelling sandbox  can improve spelling study skills for students. They’ll be having so much fun, they’ll forget that they’re studying spelling words. Once upon a time, I saw and loved (and used successfully!) this idea from Pinterest. The original Pin

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Magnetic Tape – A Teacher’s Best Friend!

Magnetic tape is so useful in the classroom. Here’s my favorite way to use it! I’ve been doing this for years, but maybe someone out there hasn’t heard of it yet.  Magnetic Tape! It’s MAGIC for teachers! You’ve probably seen the rolls of self-adhesive magnetic tape – like this one from Amazon. (I

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Classroom Behavior Management for Teachers

Student behavior intervention is all about understanding WHY students are misbehaving and what you can do to support your students in controlling their behavior. Have you ever been amazed at how one student can TOTALLY turn your behavior plan and classroom management upside down? Does it sometimes feel like your

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