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What is Guided Math that Works?

Hey there friends… This post has been a YEAR in the making!  I am SO EXCITED to share this with all of you! I have received hundreds of e-mails, Facebook messages, and DM’s on Instagram asking me if I am able to travel to schools around the country to offer my Professional Development services around Guided Math.  Here are just a few…   Honestly, every time I received one of these messages, I would get this stabbing feeling in my…

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Classroom

Hey Peeps…. I hope this post finds you well!  One of my favorite days to celebrate in my classroom over the years has been St. Patrick’s Day. I am 50% Irish and 50% Italian!  My mom is Irish and my dad was Italian.  My dad was a HOOT!  He used to joke around with my sisters and I and always tell us not to tell anyone we were Irish… he said….”Just say your Italian!” LOL…. It used to drive my…

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25 Days of Holiday Giving Event

Hey there Peeps…. I am so excited you want to join in on my 25 Days of Holiday Giving. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW to join in on the fun. You’ll need the password to download your freebies.     If you DON’T HAVE A PASSWORD, CLICK HERE to get one and then come on back!…

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Guided Math: Fact Fluency

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Let’s chat about Fact Fluency today!   Another activity that I expect my students to work on when they complete their Workbook Nook work or Math Stations work is to practice their Fact Fluency. This activity is done AFTER they complete a Math Journal or during the next rotation when they have additional time before the bell rings. I have a few different activities that my students can choose from. They practice their facts using Hot Dots ( #EducationalConcepts )…

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Guided Math: Math Journals

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Let’s chat about Math Journals today!   “What should I do now?” How many times have you heard those words? A LOT, I’m sure! But not anymore! When my students are in Workbook Nook (independent work) or Math Stations, they have about 15-20 minutes to finish their activity. Many times they finish their work prior to the end of the rotation, so it is important that the students have additional activities to fill the rest of the rotation time. One…

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Guided Math: Small Group Instruction

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Today we will talk about my Small Group Instruction! My Small Group Instruction takes place every day. I meet with each group for 15-20 minutes. I always start with my Strategic Intervention group. All of my small group lessons revolve around one of my Guided Practice Workmats that is directly correlated to the skill that we are working on. All of my workmats are put in clear page-protectors and my students use dry-erase markers and math manipulatives on top of…

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What is Simply Skilled Teaching?

Hey there Peeps… I hope this post finds you all well! I have been getting this question via e-mail A LOT!  So… I figured….it might be time to give my peeps some insight into what Simply Skilled Teaching is all about!   STRESS…ANXIETY…EXHAUSTION… LACK OF TIME WITH FAMILY…. This is ….. This is the reason I created Simply Skilled Teaching. These are the words I hear OVER and OVER and OVER again within the various online teaching communities that I…

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Hatching Chicks…Peep…Peep

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  Hi Friends…I hope this post finds you all well.  I wanted to share a little bit of Spring with you today 🙂   When I first started teaching second grade, I wanted my students to have a hands-on experience with live animals by doing a life cycle unit.  I chose chicks…of course…aren’t they just the cutest little things! Unfortunately, I don’t get to do this unit anymore because our Kindergarteners do this unit in their classroom so I had to…

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5 Ways to Engage Your Learners in October

Hey there Friends… Here in the northeast the chill is definitely in the air and you can feel that Fall is here! Fall is my all time FAVORITE time of year! So I just wanted to share some things that I do with my kiddos to get them engaged and excited about the activities and lessons that we will be working on during the month.     As teachers we are ALWAYS strapped for time! Teaching has changed A LOT over…

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Guided Math: Flexible Grouping

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Hey there friends… Here is the second installment of my Get Your Groove On with Guided Math Blog series!  I hope you find this post helpful! There are basically 9 main components of Guided Math. If you would like to get Guided Math up and running in your classroom, you will need to focus on these components:     Today we will talk about All Things Flexible Grouping! Flexible grouping is a very important part of your Guided Math instruction.…

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