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Children at Play

I wrote this post in my head yesterday but didn’t realise until late at night that I didn’t actually write it and post. Does that ever happen to you? 306 more words

Fourth Grade

Temperature Checks

One of the things that I am trying to do more consistently this year is having my class do quick “temperature checks” throughout the day. All I do is ask the students to let me know how they are doing by giving a thumbs-up (going well), thumb-to-the-side (I’m having some trouble), or thumbs-down (I’m totally lost). 175 more words

Fourth Grade

Oh, By The Way...

I was absent from my classroom this morning. It was a planned absence to meet with members of a district committee. I have tried to warn my students ahead of time when I know I will be gone and make sure that we have reviewed expectations for when there is a substitute teacher. 256 more words

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One Step at a Time

For the past several months, I have been working my way through a fascinating book called Teaching with the Brain in Mind by Dr. Eric Jensen.  504 more words

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Giving Thanks

I feel like I have had a lot of posts this year that have hinted at frustration with my job, with my students, and with the slow progress we have been making in establishing a strong classroom community. 966 more words

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DEVOLSON 2016

Teaching is a hard business. It isn’t for the faint-hearted, the thin-skinned, the unmotivated, or the inflexible. I have many days that I go home completely, thoroughly, unashamedly exhausted, physically, mentally, emotionally. 546 more words

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I Voted

There have been so many things on my mind over the past several weeks, but I have been ridiculously busy and so this once-daily blog has become an occasional blog. 496 more words

Fourth Grade