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Harvest Pumpkin Coloring Book

This Fall Harvest Pumpkin Coloring Book is sure to be a family favorite!  The pictures will be perfect for framing and displaying throughout the Autumn season.  They are also perfect for school, clubs, youth groups, reading clubs, or virtually any social gatherings. Pumpkins are a most endearing symbol of the arrival of Autumn. What better way to relax and lift …

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Inspirational Gear for Teachers

Teachers do so much for their students.  The vast majority of teachers work tirelessly into the night to prepare for an engaging educational experience for our children the next day.  And then the next and the next.  The vast majority of us have no idea the amount of work that goes into a typical school day. And then you have …

Can a Teacher Teach Without a Lesson Plan?

Lesson planning takes a long time, especially for newer teachers.  And most teachers are already facing a deficit in time.  Sometimes there is a temptation to teach without a lesson plan, especially when teachers have been teaching their material for a long time.  They figure that since they have taught those lessons for so long, surely they can teach it …

How to Grade Student Participation

How to Grade Student Participation: A Fair Approach

Student participation is critical in the classroom and literally in every age range.  Teachers  need it to be able to help gauge how well students are grasping the material they are learning.  And students need it to reinforce what they are learning.   So it makes sense that such a necessary part of education should be included in the grading process. …

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Are Open-Book Exams a Closed Case? The Pros and Cons

When I was in school, open book tests were my jam.  I had a pretty photographic memory.  I studied for tests by remembering where things were located in the books or worksheets.  Then I could remember the words based on where they were located on the pages.  So an open book test made that process even easier.  I could literally …

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10 Great Tips to Make Homework Fun for 4th Graders

Every teacher and parent knows that after students have spent the day at school, the last thing they want is to go home and do a bunch of homework. Over the years, I came up with tons of ideas to get my kids to be enthusiastic and motivated to finish their homework (and do a good job!).  Some of those …

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9 Fun Games to Teach Long Vowel Sounds

I have a really awesome list of 9 fun games to teach long vowel sounds.  At least that’s what my kids indicate when they beg me to play them.  Learning to read is hard work!  So if we can make it easier and enjoyable for our students/kids in a way that they will love to learn, then let’s do it!  …

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Does Listening to Music Help Students Focus?

There is a never-ending question in schools and homes with school-age children everywhere:  does listening to music help students focus? Years ago, when my younger kids were doing their homework, there was a constant battle in my house.  Do I let them listen to music while doing their homework?  Or do I make them finish their homework and then listen …

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How to Write CLEAR Test Instructions (With 6 Examples)

Without writing clear instructions on a test, students cannot do their absolute best on that test, regardless of how much they have studied and mastered the material.  But different people process information and instructions in different ways.  So how do we write clear test instructions that everybody can understand, and then, in turn, perform well on the test that they …

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Encouragement for Those Who Will be Homeschooling Through Covid-19

The thought of homeschooling through Covid-19 can be so daunting for many parents.  This is especially true if they have had no experience with homeschooling.  But in so many ways, it can be an amazing time for you and your family.  In this guest article, you will discover how well this can work for your family in spite of the …