Monthly Archives: December 2015

Collect Memories, Not Things

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Collect Memories, Not Things

As we plunge headlong into the holiday season, I’m thinking a good bit about the consumer aspect of Christmas. Read More

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Planner/Journal Planning for 2016

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Planner/Journal Planning for 2016

I love planners.  I love the idea of them, anyway.  I certainly use my Google Calendar…but I am an analog keeper of plans.  Every year, I buy a planner or a Daytimer or put one together using a binder and printable templates.  And every year I stop using it after about a month.  They end up being too big, too bulky, and not giving me space to plan what I want.  And therein lies the problem:  I am a special snowflake and I want my planner to be a special snowflake, too.   Keep Reading

Creation Station, The Best Thing I’ve Ever Added to My Classroom

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Creation Station, The Best Thing I’ve Ever Added to My Classroom

Kids are crafty and creative.  If you give them a pile of materials, they will think of ways to put things together that we, intelligent adults that we are, would never have thought of in a million years.  They’ll make all of our Pinterest searching and project planning seem like, well, child’s play.  But Creation Station isn’t just about making things!   Read More

50 Strategies for Differentiation, Adaptation, and Support for Early Learners

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50 Strategies for Differentiation, Adaptation, and Support for Early Learners

Whether there are 40 students or 5 in a classroom, there are always differences in how kids learn and what they need in order to be successful.  The longer you work with children, the more tools you’ll have in your toolbox and you might think you’ve got it all figured out, until the day that you don’t.  Students’ needs vary widely and what works for one year’s class might not work for another; what has worked for the 150 students you’ve taught over the last 7 years might not work for the new student who arrived last week.  To help you build your toolbox, here are 50 strategies for differentiation, adaptation, and support for early learners. Read More