Back-to-School Blog Hop! And a Free Resource!

We’re back to school! It’s always exciting, but also overwhelming to think about everything I want my students to learn and how little time there is to teach it all. My solution? Combine subjects whenever possible! I believe it is essential to have legible handwriting, and to be able to write in cursive as it is much faster. But, when …

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Who am I? Get to Know a Little More About Me!

This week I’m participating in a Back-to-School blog hop hosted by Blog Hoppin’! Want to know more about me? My name is Virginia and I’m a teacher; I have my Masters in Education, and I taught public school after graduating college. Then I decided to stay home with my son (Mr. Scientist), and later his little sister, Miss Adventuress, arrived. When …

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Daily Work 8.13.14

About six months ago I began a Tumblr to share pictures of our daily work. There are more than 200 posts over there, but I’ve decided to publish those pictures on this blog now, and not continue posting on Tumblr (though it will remain active so you can see what we did last year!). I think it will be easier …

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Do you use Bloglovin'?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I’m claiming my blog over on Bloglovin today. If you use Bloglovin to keep track of your blogs, you can follow me from there!

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Review of Don Quijote de la Mancha, Alfaguara edition

    A classic among classics: can you think of anyone who doesn’t at least pretend to be familiar with this work? Or who doesn’t think immediately of windmills as soon as don Quijote’s name is mentioned? He is such an important character that we must introduce him to children long before they’re ready to read Cervantes’ original text. As …

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Choice in the Classroom: An Example

This is the third part of the choice in the classroom series. You can go back and read the first part or the second part if you’ve missed them! Yesterday we summarized a study about choice, which confirmed the basic conclusion of decades of research: we must give students choice in their learning, even if the choices are trivial. In a …

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Choice in the Classroom: Part II

This is the second part of a series on the impact of choice on student learning in the classroom. The first part is here. Today we’re going to summarize a study by Sheena S. Iyengar and Mark R. Lepper, titled “Rethinking the Value of Choice: A Cultural Perspective on Intrinsic Motivation”. It is considered classic research, which verified decades of …

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A Collaborative Blog and a Free Resource!

I’m collaborating on this blog with more than twenty other teachers!   You can see my first entry and download a free resource: task cards with word problems using coins…but it’s only free until Saturday! I’ll be back with part two of our examination of the impact of choice in the classroom!

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Bilingual Blog Hop!

Some friends from the Bilingual Teacher Clubhouse and I have joined up to celebrate Independence Day…the one celebrated in the U.S. in this case! We’re sharing free resources on our blogs, and you have until July 6th to pick yours up! Since I’ve been talking about the impact of choice in the classroom, I want to share a resource that …

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