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August 2019 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s August Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully those of you who are back to school this month are off to a great beginning with the best classes
ever. 
 We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.

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 Is Summer Vacation Over Already?
Someone posted on Facebook that August is like Sunday for teachers! We’re elated when the weekend comes around, and love Saturday, it’s one of our fun days, but then the dreaded Sunday comes, you have to correct papers, do lesson plans, and go to bed at a reasonable hour, you know the routine.  Then there’s the month of August, it just seems to zooooom by and before you know it your summer vacation is like a dream gone by.  But you do Love teaching, it’s your calling. Read on for some first day teaching tips.
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How Morning Meeting Can Become a Sacred Space
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

 Adding new practices to make Morning Meeting a peaceful and calm transition to your teaching and learning day.

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 5 Meaningful No-Prep Activities for the First Week of School
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools 

If you’re frantically planning for your first day or week of school, here are five tried & true activities (not busy work!) to keep your students engaged while you get to observe and learn more about them. And be sure to download all the FREEBIES!

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 Developing Powerful, Enthusiastic Readers

 Every teacher wants a classroom filled with powerful and enthusiastic readers. This is a terrific goal for the new school year…and it can be accomplished with
this design.
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 Free Video to Teach Prepositional Phrases
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 Here’s a FREE video to teach prepositional phrases.

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 Developing and Writing Effective Lesson Plans for Math
By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

 We often hear of research based strategies and how to use them in our classrooms. Having worked at two colleges in the past ten years, I have discovered that some who are doing this research have never been in a classroom or taught anyone under the age of 18! (Sad but True) 

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  Using Math Centers in the Upper Elementary Classroom
By Kris McWilliams of Mistakes Allow Things to Happen

 Thinking about adding Math Centers to your classroom math block? This article will help you take steps to implement a plan in an upper elementary school classroom.

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 Ease New School Year Teacher Anxiety
 By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

 Tips to ease Teachers’ back to school anxiety.

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 Math Games: Observing Your Students Makes Back-to-School a Breeze!
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs 

 Want to know an easy peasy way to really get to know your kiddos at the beginning of the year? Play some math games with them and sit back and watch. This is one teacher’s approach to collecting student data.

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Recommended Reading Board
By Erik Arndt of Insights to English

Create a wall display of books (or better yet: series of books) that your students should consider reading. Make sure to have a variety of formats and genres so that there’s something for everyone!
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 This is the Time to Start Your Year Off Right With an Amazing Close Reading Lesson
By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

 This is the time to start your year off right with an amazing close reading
lesson. As the school year starts, this is the best time to start with
close reading.

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May Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s May and June is just around the bend. You’re probably counting the days till summer vacation. Be sure to stop by and see what these teachers are doing in their classrooms and gather some great tips and ideas. This is the last link-up for this school year. We’ll see you in August.

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 Rejoice, The Last Day of School has Arrived

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

When that last day comes around, we’re elated, and yes, a little wistful, and the kids feel the same way….buuuut they’re also quite excited and hyper, it’s the end of the year after all. We know we have to come up with some groovy ideas to give them a great send off, all while maintaining our sanity. This post has just what the doctor ordered to help make this final day memorable for everyone, including you.

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Slide into Summer

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning 

Create a Super Summer Kit to ease your students into summer and get them ready for the next school year!

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 Mining for Gold Gets Even Better

 By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools


Gold fever! It’s what drew thousands of men to California in 1849 and it still sparks student excitement and dreams of wealth today! Challenge your students to improve

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 Wrapping Up the School Year

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom


How do you wrap up your school year? I know it’s easy to coast to the end but I see it as a time to go out strong! Leave your kids with amazing memories and fun stuff. Since testing is over, it’s a good time to branch out and do some really fun activities.

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 America the Beautiful

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

For your patriotic enjoyment, watch this one minute slideshow.

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 Activities for the End of the Year

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess 

 Here are 2 HOTS Activity for the End of the Year.

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  The “Lure” of Fish – The Benefits of Keeping an Aquarium in Your Classroom

By Vicky Rauch of Scipi Products 

 When I taught third grade in an inner city school, I knew the children needed something to love, but being a city girl, my love of animals was deficient. That is when my husband helped me to set up an aquarium. I purchased a water heater, a bubblier, chemicals, plants, fish food, and of course the fish! Little did I know what effect this would have on my students.

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 Review Activities

By Erik Arndt of Insights to English

Here are some activities that you can use with your class to review vocabulary and grammar. There are quite a few to choose from, and each is customizable; use whatever is best for your class!

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 7 Tips to Help Students Edit Their Essays

By Sally Hansen of Purposeful Plans

With technology today, it’s hard not to edit during the revision phase. But it’s important to keep the creativity flowing during the revision phase and wait to makes edits during the editing phase. Read more for some useful tips to help your students stay focused during the editing phase.

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 Preparing for Book Clubs: Tips for Success

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

If you are considering using book clubs in your classroom, I’ve shared essential tips to help your book clubs be a success. You don’t want to miss these pointers for engaging all students and for reducing teacher workload.

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 Citizen Scientists ready For Summer

By Margo Gentile of Margo Gentile 

 Summer is the perfect time for kids to be outside and appreciate their natural surroundings. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could learn about nature and science as “casual learners? They can! I’d like to share some terrific citizen scientist programs that kids could participate in without even leaving their back yard.

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Tell us about yourself.

I am a United States military spouse and we have 2 children.  Currently, we are stationed overseas.  We have been traveling to the surrounding areas while learning new cultures. I have taught 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. I am very passionate about teaching and believe that every minute in the classroom counts!

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