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Cement Learning with Summer Work Packets

Cement Learning with Summer Work Packets

There’s a fine line between engaging students and turning them off to learning.  When it comes to summer work packets, that’s especially the case.  While wanting to help parents and students extend learning throughout the summer months is natural, the presentation of such exercises can make or break their enthusiasm.  Thankfully, Really Good Teacher Karen
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A Poetic Send-Off: End of Year Gift for Students

A Poetic Send-Off: End of Year Gift for Students

Finding end of the year gifts for your students that they’ll both appreciate and that fit your budget isn’t always an easy task.  Sometimes, however, it’s the simple gestures and personal touches that make for the best gifts.  Mary Lou, a Second Grade teacher in Washington, spends time at the end of each school year
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Making Words Fun! Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students

Making Words Fun!  Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students

For some students, learning about and understanding words is a real challenge.  As teachers, it is up to us to help them and make learning fun.  The three ideas below were sent in by really good teachers who know that when word lessons are exciting, students retain more and are more successful.


5 Teacher Wardrobe Must Haves

5 Teacher Wardrobe Must Haves

When a soon-to-be college graduate asked me what she should keep stocked in her closet for teaching, I started rattling off a list that probably would have cost her her first year’s salary.  Sure, there are a lot of things that are great to have in your teaching wardrobe, but what do you really need? 
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Easing Testing Anxiety

Easing Testing Anxiety

During the #TeachChat on Wednesday, April 8th, Really Good Teachers from around the country talked about ways to ease testing anxiety in their students.  While they would all probably rather not have testing to worry about at all, their clever and insightful ideas about reducing testing stress demonstrated their dedication to their students.  If you’re
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Literature Studies Made Easy

Literature Studies Made Easy

  by Jessica, Astute Hoot   Wondering how to integrate multiple strategies within context of authentic literature? Are you overwhelmed at thought of planning a comprehensive literature study? At last, the secret to successful literature studies is revealed in 5 simple steps.  Sound too good to be true?  It’s not!   Literature Studies Made Easy
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Test Prep: Keeping Students Motivated

Test Prep:  Keeping Students Motivated

  It does not matter how much review you do, if your students are not invested in the testing they are about to do, they will not perform well.  Motivating your students is just as important as that last minute division review or vocabulary discussion.  In fact, nurturing a student’s motivation may be more important
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Take the Sting Out of Test Taking

Take the Sting Out of Test Taking

    A change of wording helps ease anxiety with this idea by Toni, a 2nd Grade Teacher, in Davie, FL.   Take the Sting Out of Test Taking By Turning It Into a Show After 16 years as art teacher, my school eliminated art, so I had to begin teaching in the regular classroom
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Test Taking Tips for Students: 4 Keys to Success

Test Taking Tips for Students: 4 Keys to Success

  by Steve Reifman, Guest Columnist As standardized testing season begins each spring, we can perform a major service for our students by sharing the following four keys to success. Taken together, these tips comprise an effective mental approach to test-taking that values strong focus, thoroughness, and carefulness. Children need to understand that how they
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Tried and True Test Preparation Strategies

Tried and True Test Preparation Strategies

  Standardized tests are quickly approaching and it’s time to start getting students ready. Preparing them for what will happen during test week will ease their anxiety and make the week run smoother. Some Really Good Teachers from across the country shared with us some of their best test preparation strategies below.   Tried and
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