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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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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

hatching chicks in the classroom

  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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Apple Day is COMING!

APPLE DAY is coming!!!! YAY!!!   Apple Day is one of my FAVORITE days of the school year!  I have been doing Apple Day for the past 20 years in my classroom and I still love it every year.  Even though I LOVE summer, Fall is my favorite season.  The crisp air, the cooler temps, comfy light sweaters, and the COLORS of Fall are just mesmerizing here in NY!  I can sit and look at the trees all day when…

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The Low Down on Daily 5 – Rotations – Video #2

Hey there friends… I am soooooooo sorry this took so long to post.  I have been swamped lately.  But I promise… over the next couple of weeks, I will post my video on Listen to Reading and Word Work.  Here is my quickie video on my Daily 5 Rotations Board.  I hope you enjoy it! And here are some FUN FREEBIES for you to get your Daily 5 Rotations board ready!…

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Start your year off having a GROWTH MINDSET! {Freebie}

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well.  I wanted to share an activity with you that I do during the first week of school.  I am a STICKLER when it comes to saying the words “I CAN’T!” Those words are actually like hearing nails on a chalkboard for me…it drives me a bit bonkers.  So right from the get-go, we get RID of the words “I CAN’T” in our classroom and learn to change our thoughts and words…

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The Low-Down on Daily 5 – Video Series!

  Hi Friends.. Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I am so excited that you have stopped in to catch my Low-Down on Daily 5 Video Series.  I am super excited to show you what my kiddos do each day during their rotations.  Each week I am going to be posting another video on the Low-Down on Daily 5 Video Series.  My videos will focus on my Work on Writing Station, my Word Work Station, my Listen to Reading…

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Guided Reading – My Weekly Plans – Video Style!

  Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you all well!  It has been a few very busy weeks for me!  I have been on my Guided Math bandwagon hosting LIVE Webinars and LIVE Q & A’s and it has been AMAZING!  I have had sooooo much fun hosting these events and interacting with all of you!  Over the past week, I must have received close to 50 e-mails asking me what I do during my Guided Reading time.  So…

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