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Not Raiding

September 9, 2015 Heather 0

Sometimes giving up commitments that were stressors can lead to happier things.  Jeremy is raiding tonight, as evidenced by the loud clicking of his keyboard. I’m not, and that used to bug me often after I gave it up.  Not tonight. Tonight I’m cuddled in bed with Oakley, relaxed and Read More

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My Classroom Management Beliefs

September 5, 2015 Heather 0

This morning I participated in #satchatwc on Twitter, discussing classroom management, what works, what is best for the bitties, how it was in the past, and how it needs to evolve. I know that what I am striving for is best for my bitties, but it is difficult to hold Read More

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Kindergarten Whovian

September 2, 2015 Heather 0

Our school’s coach made sure that each grade level at school has a bag of equipment for recess. One of the things in ours are these doughnut frisbees. One of my bitties put it on his head and started chasing some of the others. When he came over to me Read More

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Snow

June 1, 2015 Heather 2

I grew up in Florida and, with the exception of a few flakes back when I was two, I never saw snow. It became something magical to me, something that I would never get to experience, something always out of reach, a reminder of my limitations. I know for some Read More

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First Graders Managing Finances

April 29, 2015 Heather 0

In Texas, one of our new standards relates to personal financial literacy. The argument brought up in our trainings is that many of our students aren’t taught how to manage their money, how to make good money decisions, or the academic vocabulary they need to understand their finances. In first Read More

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Grading for Mastery

April 21, 2015 Heather 0

With a mastery mindset as a goal, the next step is finding a relevant way to judge a student’s work. In a traditional school or classroom, we use an 100 point scale split up into A, B, C, D, and F. The question now is whether or not that is Read More

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