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First Lady Joins Pinterest

MO PinterestIt remains the fastest growing site on the Internet and now the First Lady has joined the ranks of Pinterest enthusiasts. Michelle Obama recently launched a Pinterest page which currently features some candid pictures of the First Family from their years in the White House.

The page does say that the First Lady’s page is maintained by staff, however she will provide personal pins. Followers will be able to identify her pins because they will be signed “MO”. President Barack Obama also signs social media posts he personally writes using “BO”.

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Pumpkin Time is Here!

Learn about Pumpkins! 
 
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2. Top pumpkin growers are U.S. farmers, growing more than 1.5 billion each year.
 
3. The word pumpkin comes from the French word for “large melon”,
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Tips and Tricks for Back to School

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There are many emotions and thoughts about returning back to school.  Excitement, joy, pressure, sadness and anxiety might be a few.  It depends who you are, what kind of emotion you are feeling.  Are you a first year teacher?  Are you a veteran teacher and maybe it is your last year?  Are you a new student to a school district? Maybe you are a graduating senior or maybe just moving schools within your school district? Are you a parent...

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Ten Ways to Engage All Students

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At the beginning of each new year and after each teaching day, I like to reflect on what worked well and what I need to change.  I would observe my...

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Tour de France 2022

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Family Forums: What Are They?

Family Forums are something that I did when I was teaching and I decided that they would become a normal part of building successful relationships with the families in my classroom.  I challenge you to take the parts of my Family Forums and incorporate them in to your teaching practices.  They work!

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