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Creative Writing for Middle School Students

Creative Writing for Middle School Students

Encouraging middle school students to write is by no means an easy task. The trick, according to intermediate grade teachers, is to engage students’ senses and make the writing process an interactive experience. The ideas below all come from Sixth Grade Teachers who know, first-hand, the challenges of such a task. Their insight and wisdom
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4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Writing Center

4 Ways to Jazz Up Your Writing Center

By Nancy Barlow Winter is the perfect time to refresh the activities in your writing center.  By now, many of the students in your class have progressed with their writing skills, and are hungry for new writing challenges.  Feed their desire to write with these easy, engaging writing activities.


Is a Flipped Classroom Right for You?

Is a Flipped Classroom Right for You?

Flipped classrooms are most commonly associated with upper middle school and high school grades, but could they work in your elementary classroom?  During the #TeachChat on January 21, 2015, Really Good Teachers from across the country talked not only about what flipped classrooms are, but how they might (or might not!) work in their classrooms. 
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National Handwriting Day is January 23rd

National Handwriting Day is January 23rd

In 2013, 41% of teachers surveyed in an independent study by Really Good Stuff indicated that they no longer teach cursive handwriting in the classroom.  Increasing pressure to focus on tested subject areas, as well as the elimination of cursive handwriting from individual state requirements and Common Core State Standards assessments have made it a
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100th Day of School Craft for Kids – My Feathered Friend

100th Day of School Craft for Kids – My Feathered Friend

The 100th Day of School is a great time to celebrate and break out the art supplies for some fun and creativity.  The 100th Day of School Feathered Friend is a great example of how little learners can use their imaginations to show their 100th Day pride.  With only a few easy-to-find materials and a
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Teaching Comparatives and Superlatives

Teaching Comparatives and Superlatives

Guest post by Lori Wolfe Teaching Comparatives and Superlatives Teaching comparatives and superlatives can be fun and rewarding.  With instruction, students quickly learn how to express themselves with greater accuracy using grammatical forms.


Organizing the Classroom

Organizing the Classroom

What’s your resolution for 2015?  If it’s a more organized classroom you have come to the right place.  The Really Good Teachers in #TeachChat on January 7th, shared their best tips and strategies for keeping the room clean and organized.  The take away?  Sometimes less is more and the most effective strategies are the ones
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10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

The darker, snowy days of winter can put a damper on anyone’s spirits, but when you head to work before the sun rises and head home after the sun has set it is especially challenging. Even if you are not prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), you can still feel blue during the winter months.
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21 Myths About Teaching

21 Myths About Teaching

  Teachers have long been blasted in the media for common misconceptions about the teaching profession.  While teachers know the truth, it seems that the public has turned a blind eye to the amount of work, continuing education, and paperwork that teachers are expected to do. No longer just about lessons and activities, the field
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Making Science Fun: How to Make a Prism

Making Science Fun:  How to Make a Prism

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are hot topics and areas of focus in the education community.  No matter what grade you teach, expect there to be a strong emphasis on these subjects throughout the school year.  In the midst of pursuing these high academic goals, it is important to remember that learning should be
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