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Apple Comes Up Big With iPhone5

iPhone5Leave it to the Wizards of Cupertino to upstage everyone in the tech industry with a new iPhone model that blows away anything on market or on the horizon from their competitors.

During a special unveiling event in San Francisco Apple revealed the latest version of their flagship mobile device that boasts upgrades across the board. The new model is 18% thinner...

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Common Core Standards

Implementation has begun! While I am excited to see what changes the CCSS will bring to both my teaching and my students' performance, I am overwhelmed. My county has only implemented in kindergarten and first grade. We have begun to think and plan our lessons differently.

While searching the web, I have found some resources which I think will be useful in planning. The Common Core Lesson Book, K-5: Working with Increasingly Complex Literature, Informational Text, and Foundational...

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Using News for Creative Writing-Monarch...

Using the news for creative writing.
A monarch butterfly migrating from North America to Mexico made an unexpected detour-to Great Britain. It is believed that Hurricane Isaac caused the tiny butterfly to be carried 3500 miles across the Atlantic Ocean!

The left wing of the orange, white and black monarch butterfly is damaged. It was spotted near the Portland Bird Observatory on the Isle of Portland,Dorset, Great Britain. Butterfly enthusiasts are coming to the facility to catch a...

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First Ladies of the United States-new...

With the upcoming election~ I have developed a number of resources which you may find of value to use with your students. Add to the webquest on learning about the White House~ this new webquest will introduce students to some of our history's first ladies. Here is the link to my website: Hope you find it of value to use with students in grades 4-9.

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How's the Weather?

Whens the last time one of your students got to spray water intheir classmates faceand not go to the principals office?

Well, they may have that chance if you give my Live Weather Report project a try.

During this blog, I am going to share a weather-related lesson that has worked fabulously for me, and I think it can do the same for you. Not only is it an effective and engaging way to teach kids about weather, it also serves as a great display during parent nights.


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Organization Tips

Classroom organization can be a challenge, especially in the primary grades. As a primary teacher, I tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. I have always been challenged with creating organization that works for both the students and myself. Here are a few quick tips that help me stay organized.


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iPad 'Cannibalizing' PCs in...

Already a hit with the education market, Apple’s iPad is poised to completely take it over, according to the analyst firm Needham & Company, which reports that the tablet is outpacing sales of PCs to students and schools.

In an article posted at, Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham...

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Behavior Management

Over the past year~ I have seen behavior management in classrooms take a turn away from the negative behaviors and focusing on the positive. School wideprograms such asPBIS~ CHAMPS~ and The Leader in Me encourage positive reinforcement with various incentives. My school has implementedPBISand we have seen a tremendouscut back in the amount of referrals and classroom disruptions due to poor behavior. Utilizing a school wide program allows all faculty members to acknowledge when a student is...

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Beyond the Bulletin Board

Teachers know that creating a genuine audience for students’ work dramatically increases their focus and motivation. Yet when student work goes beyond pen and paper, what’s the best way to showcase it?

Mark Anderson’s post on displaying student online work highlights this issue--an important one to consider for educators in tech-integrated...

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The White House Webquest

With the upcoming election, I have developed materials which you may find of value to use with your students. The first resource is a webquest on the White House.

The White House is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.What do you know about where the President lives during his term in office?Did you know that President Jimmy Carter was the first to install solar energy panels on the White House or that President Ronald Reagan had them removed? Did you know that President Benjamin...