Give One – Get One ~ A Cooperative Learning Strategy


Give One – Get One is a great cooperative learning strategy and formative assessment option all in one. It goes something like this: Ideas For Using This Strategy Math:  List prime or composite numbers, list even or odd numbers, ways to make a number Language Arts:  Characters in a story, genres, adjectives to describe a [Read On]

Word Work Assessments

Word assessments

Teaching prefixes, suffixes and roots can be fun!  Fun?!?!  Yes, they can!!  They used to be the worst part of teaching for me, until I came up with a routine that I was able to stick with and my students looked forward to. The Word Work Interactive Notebook for Prefixes and Suffixes started it all, [Read On]

Types of CBMS ~ RTI for Math Made Easy


What exactly is a CBM? CBM stands for Curriculum-Based Measure.  In other words, a CBM is a way for teachers to see how students are progressing. In this case it’s Math. You may be thinking, I do this all the time. Every single day, for every single subject. This is true, but it’s more formal. [Read On]

Operation Math Facts

Operation Math Facts copy

Who LOVES teaching/practicing math facts with their students? Yeah, me neither! Every.Single.Year…I feel as if I am banging my head against the wall! Blahhh…uggg…sighhhhh….. I wish I had the one tried and true solution to this never ending battle, but I don’t!  What I do have is a never ending supply of strategies that I [Read On]

Interactive Notebook for Test Prep Vocabulary

Interactive Test Prep

Did you know that researchers estimate 85% of achievement test scores are based on the vocabulary of the standards?  Now that right there is a crazy thought, but makes sense! If students are asked to identify, but don’t know what that means, how will they know how to identify? If students are asked to infer, [Read On]

Computational Fluency ~ RTI for Math Made Easy

Computational fluency

Of all the mathematical items to practice, assess and track, why would computational fluency be so important? What exactly is computational fluency? NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2001) “Fluency refers to having efficient, accurate, and generalizable methods (algorithms) for computing that are based on well-understood properties and number relationships.” National Council of Teachers of [Read On]

You Be The Teacher: A Cooperative Learning Strategy

You be the teacher

Today I was reminded of how much I enjoy using cooperative learning in my classroom and the power of it!  My fourth grade class is learning how to multiply 3 and 4-digit numbers by a 1-digit number.  Yes, I am just now teaching multi-digit multiplication.  We did geometry before the multiplication unit, because they weren’t [Read On]

January Teaching Resources

January Teaching Resources

It’s already the 6th day of January?!?!  Today my students are returning from their 2+ weeks off.  Our teachers returned yesterday.  I’m so very thankful for that extra day without students.  Half of the day was given to us to work in our rooms!!!!  Amazing!! Gathered below is a collection of FREE and paid printables [Read On]

RTI for Math Made Easy

RTI for Math Made Easy

A weekly blog series to assist in the implementation of RTI in Math. This has been a long time coming.  Months of research and reading and creating and reflecting.  I think I’m ready to jump in with this.  So, ready or not here it comes!   Yes, you read it right! It’s a blog series [Read On]

Ringing in 2015 with a …

nea year sale

SALE!!!   I am teaming up with my blogging friends over at Upper Elementary Snapshots!  Tomorrow, January 1, 2015 each and every one of us are offering 15% off in our Teachers Pay Teachers stores!   You don’t want to miss this opportunity to stock up on items that will help you get through the second [Read On]

A TpT Gift Certificate…It’s All I Want for Christmas!


Along with being a seller on TpT, I am a TpT shopaholic too!  There are so many amazing resources out there that it’s hard to resist!  TpT offers gift certificates ranging in price from $10-$200!  A perfect gift for a teacher friend!   I’m teaming up with Laura Candler and other amazing bloggers for a [Read On]

A Few of My Favorite Things

Promotional slide for social media

This is crazy exciting!  I’m am thrilled beyond belief to be participating in this outrageous fun filled week of giveaways! I’m feeling a bit like Oprah sharing my favorite things.  Speaking of Oprah and her favorite things, how awesome would that have been to be an audience member when she was recording that episode!?!?! So, [Read On]

A Bright Ideas Round-Up

Fall Round-up

November’s edition of the Bright-Ideas Link-up is quite the special one!  This month is a round-up of all the fantastic Bright Ideas from months past.   Below you will find a few of my favorite Bright Ideas: Practicing those pesky prefixes & suffixes using a beach ball.  You can read about it here.   Charting student’s [Read On]

Erin Condren $75 Shopping Spree


Saying I’m a fan of Erin Condren is an understatement as you can see! Here is my newest craze!  The Erin Condren Lesson Planner!!  This is what I came home to after a long day at school.  The box alone speaks volumes! Then, I open the box…. My newest collection, is wrapped in tissue paper! [Read On]

An iTheme Exit Board

iKnow that

I’m a self-proclaimed Apple products junky!  I love all things Apple, so it only made sense to create an exit board that incorporates the iPad!  My exit board is titled “iKnow That”.  It’s where students place their  iTicket(exit slip) as they walk out the door.  Since I wanted it to be their actual ticket out [Read On]

4-6-8 Gathering Ideas for Writing

468 strategy

I don’t know what to write about? Have you heard this before?  I’m pretty confident that every teacher has heard this at some point! The 4-6-8 strategy gives students something to write about.  As a whole class, have students brainstorm to list four characters.  Characters can be made up, from a book, or a movie. [Read On]

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