Category Archives : TEACHER TALK


May 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern


It’s May already, time sure flies.   Time to stop by and see what our teaching friends are doing during the school closures. This is the last link-up for this school year. We’ll see you again in August.

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Now That School’s Out. What Will We Do for the Summer?

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Summer is the time for fun, fun, fun! School is out no more hitting the books. The only problem is that much of what was learned during the school year is forgotten, “out of sight, out of mind.” Not so with these fun educational activities that will keep the children looking for more and not even realizing they’re learning.

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Tried & True Tools for Managing Distance Learning

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried & True Teaching Tools 

 I am SO thankful for the many teachers who know more than me and their willingness to share their expertise! There is no reason to reinvent the wheel! Here are some tried & true tools that have saved my time and sanity with distance learning!

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Slipping into Summer

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning  

 
Reflections on our “new normal” ways of teaching and learning.

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 Should You Red Shirt Your Kindergartner?

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight 

Will a delayed start to kindergarten improve a child’s success in school? Many kindergartners have not experienced a full school year due to the pandemic. This re-post might help some parents and teachers in reaching what might be a more difficult than usual decision this year.

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 Integrating Sustainable Development Goals into OurTeaching

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Integrating sustainable development goals into teaching

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Teaching Reading in the COVID19 Restructured Classroom

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn practical tips for teaching reading in our COVID 19 restructured classrooms.

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March 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

St. Patrick’s Day and so many more tried and true teaching ideas are here for you to check out this March.  Best yet,soon it will be spring and the end of the year will be here before you know it. 

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It’s March…Let’s Go Fly a Kite

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

A great activity for home and at school.

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Learning During Our New Reality: Social Distancing

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Just a few tips on some activities to add to your distance learning.

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Teaching Data, Graphing and Scientific Process with Paper Airplanes

By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs

Read how a paper airplane project sparked students to collect data, try out different graphs, and explore the scientific process! Remote learning freebies included with this post.

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Simple Ways to Make Classroom Lessons More Engaging

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Learn simple tricks to liven up even the most unexciting topic. It’s easier than you think!

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The Best Principal I Ever Had

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

What principles make a great principal? Read about them here.

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Easy-to-Implement Home Instruction Ideas

By Renee Heiss of All-American Teacher tools

Prepare now for the possibility of home-instruction for all of your students. Find easy ways to send them home with a packet of work until you come back together again!

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St. Patrick’s Day Myths and Fun Facts

By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day. Read my latest blog post to explore some of the myths surrounding this Irish holiday as well as to discover a few fun facts.

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How to Choose Between Affect and Effect

By Charlene Tess of CharleneTess

Here’s Help with Choosing Between Affect and Effect.

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School closed: Now what?

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Our schools have closed. Now what? Here are some links that could be useful during this time to keep your kids learning.

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February 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern


Welcome to our February Teacher Talk.  All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like wish you a Happy Valentines Day.  We have so many fab things this month from Field Trips and ELA and reading ideas, to celebrating Black History Month and President’s Day, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators. 

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Teaching Effective Note-Taking

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Have you ever told your students to take notes and they either highlight almost everything (sometimes even changing colors with their fancy highlighters to make it look like a rainbow pattern) or they take bullet points on everything? Mine used to write pages of bullet points, with no organization or greater understanding of patterns, themes, or bigger ideas. In comes Note-taking Stations!

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All You Need is Love & Kindness

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Did you know that there is a Random Acts of Kindness Week? It runs from February 16 through the 23rd. Actually, this is the first I’ve heard of it, but what a groovy way for all of us to unite by being kind to each other. It begins with one simple act – one hello to a stranger, a simple smile, a pat on the back, a cup of coffee for someone you don’t know, or as my husband experienced, pay it forward.  This is a chance for participating individuals to make our world a better one and inspire others to follow suit. 

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Why you Need a Teacher Bestie

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

I have been so lucky to have a teacher bestie at every twist and turn in my teacher life, and this post is just a love letter to each of them, and to the universe for placing each of them in my life.

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Does a Circle Have Sides?

By Victoria Rauch of Scipi

Does a circle have sides? Believe it or not, this was a question asked by a primary teacher.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but in retrospect, I was stunned. Therefore, I decided this topic would make a great blog post. Discover the answer on my blog.

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Learning From Students: Issac

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

A teacher learns about disrespect, resiliency, and lack of initiative.

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Christopher Ludwick – Revolutionary Baker and Spy

By Renee Heiss of All-American Teacher tools

Celebrate Washington’s Birthday with the story of Christopher Ludwick, Baker General.

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Say What You Mean and Avoid Redundancies

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Good writers say what they mean and avoid excessive verbiage. This blog post will help you avoid redundancies in your writing.

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Help Your Student Gain Perspective and Build Gratitude

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Surviving tough teaching years by helping your students gain perspective and build gratitude.

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January 2020 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

 It’s 2020! Time sure flies. We have some great ideas for you in our January edition of Teacher Talk. So hurry on over to see what these creative educators are doing this month.

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The Proof is in the Pudding….Proof Reading that Is!

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I’d like to share some effective proof-reading tips that I’ve used to help students improve their writing skills, and to make my life a bit easier.

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Speaking Up for Justice

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

Along with honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., this week is our union’s one year “strikeversary”. What a perfect time to reflect and teach our students to stand up for what is right.

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A Lesson for MLK Day

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

A lesson for Martin Luther KIng Day to try this week!

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Remember to Take Time for Yourself

By Renee Heiss of All-American Teacher Tools

Do you have enough “me time”?  A few minutes can be just as valuable as a week-long vacation!

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Fostering Creativity

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight

Sister Rosemary ruined my poem, but she fostered creativity as she did. Read about how teachers can encourage creative ability in their students.

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New Year’s Resolutions Again?

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

Is it time for new year’s resolutions again?

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Using Two-Sided Colored Beans to Add and Subtract Positive and Negative Numbers

By Vicky Rauch of Scipi

“When it comes to adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, many students have great difficulty. In reality, it is a very confusing and abstract idea; so, it is important to give the students a concrete visual to assist them in seeing the solution. Find out how I teach this concept to my remedial college math students in my newest blog post. “

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10 Test Prep Skills for ELA Performance Task Success

By Marcy Howe of It’s A Teacher Thing

Learn 10 essential test prep skills to help your students be more successful on the ELA performance tasks.

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Using specific texts to delve into  Craft and Structure with the Common Core Standards

By Lisa Robles of LisaTeachR’s Classroom

Using specific texts to delve into  Craft and Structure with the Common Core Standards.

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December 2019 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for the holiday festivities or just looking for some great ideas. You don’t want to miss what these creative educators are doing this month.

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Holiday Edition: Virtual Progressive Dinner

By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools

 With all the hustle and bustle of December: school holiday shows, class holiday parties, staff holiday parties, volunteer opportunities, holiday gifts. . . All good things, but this time of year often leaves me feeling ragged and gasping for breath! But we’re almost there: Winter Break!!

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 Reducing Holiday Stress

By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

Here I am – last one to this party! I missed our podcast session about celebrating the holidays with food, drink, friends, and books. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy.  I’m the one who always asks at the beginning, “You know what’s really hard?” and I missed one. What’s really hard is missing that special time with three treasured friends when we talk about stuff and invite all of you in!

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Cocktail, Book and Entree

 By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern


For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a lover of science fiction, mysteries and thrillers. I must admit though, I don’t read as much as I’d like, too busy with other things I guess.#toobusy  Buuut when I do settle down on a snowy or rainy afternoon by our crackling fire, I love curling up on the couch with a great book. One of my all time favorites is the DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. It brings me back to my adventures in Italy when I was in my twenties.

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One Gift

By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight 

 Make the holidays merrier for young children of poverty with this simple, free idea.

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Cherish the Holiday Memories

By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 Gifts are fun, but the sights, sounds, smells, and other sensory images will remain in your memory for years to come.

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Finding Success on Challenging Teaching Days

By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing 

 Teaching after a vacation break can be challenging. Learn five tips for finding success on those difficult teaching days.

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Teacher Talk’s Featured Author – Charlene Tess

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Charlene Tess was honored to be the Secondary Teacher of the Year for Ysleta Independent School District and one of the five finalists for Region XIX Texas Teacher of the Year.  Go to http://www.thebestofteacherentrepreneurs.net/2019/12/teacher-talks-featured-author-charlene.html for the link to her favorite free product, Step One from her Simple Steps to Sentence Sense program.  

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October Teacher Talk 2019

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

It’s October Teacher Talk Time…..Well, the first month of school is over
and it’s BOO-tober, time for Halloween fun, Columbus Day, Stop Bullying Month and beautiful
fall weather.  
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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Monthly Read Aloud Books for We Teach So Hard Podcasts about Bullying and how to help stop it from happening.
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Bullyproof Your Kids for Life
By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

 Using a great read-aloud to start the conversation this month about dealing with bullies.

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Stand Up to Bullying 
By Kathie Yonemura of Tried and True Teaching Tools 

 Bullying. It has become such a buzz word that is often casually thrown
around. October is National Bullying Prevention Month and picture books
are the perfect way to elicit conversations.
 

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   The Empathy Project Update: Explorations into Empathy, Part 2
By Tracy Willis of Wild Child Designs 

 The 2nd installment in The Empathy Project, this post uses a visible thinking routine and a popular picture book to teach upper elementary students about empathy.

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 Surprise!
By Renee Heiss of All American Teacher Tools

 Surprises provide the best motivation

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 Pause…In the Neighborhood
By Gini Musmanno of Reading Spotlight 

 Pause.. for a moment in Mister Rogers neighborhood. He still has much to teach us today.

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 Independent Reading Success in the Classroom
By Marcy Howe of It’s A Teacher Thing 

 Learn tips for creating a successful independent reading program in your classroom.

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 Fall into Figurative Language
By Charlene Tess of Charlene Tess

 Fall is the perfect season to study figurative language. 

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Real World Math
By Michelle Webb of Teaching Ideas For Those Who Love Teaching

How to incorporate real world math into your daily teaching.
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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
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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
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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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Teacher Talk’s Featured Author – Sally Hansen-Purposeful Plans!

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!

What is the name of your Teachers Pay Teachers store?
Purposeful Plans

What types of products do you sell at Teachers Pay Teachers?
Classroom Management, Social Studies, and Writing

What is your favorite free product from your TpT store?
Editable Picture Day Reminder Bracelets FREEBIE

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-Picture-Day-Reminder-Bracelets-FREEBIE-3950553

What is your best-selling product from your TpT store?
Editable City, State, Country, & Continent Travel Brochure

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Editable-City-State-Country-Continent-Travel-Brochure-2926213

What is your favorite product from your TpT store?
Step-by-Step Opinion Writing Guide – Growing Resource

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Step-by-Step-Opinion-Writing-Guide-Growing-Resource-4127356

What do you like best about The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative and/or Teacher Talk?
I like how everyone works together to help promote each other’s products.  It’s a community of educators supporting each other!

TpT Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sally-Hansen-Purposeful-Plans
Blog: http://purposefulplans.com
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/purposefulplans/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeachwithPurposefulPlans
Twitter: https://twitter.com/purposefulplan5
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/purposefulplans/
Email Address: purposefulplans@gmail.com

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