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February 7, 2019

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Teacher Essentials

Teaching the Renaissance: Using Florence as a Case Study
The Renaissance is one of the units in my Modern European class that most excites me. There are three distinct reasons for this.

Expecting Teachers to Meet Minimum Standards: A Recipe for Mediocrity and Possible Failure
Depending on the school district and state, teachers are often evaluated for their performance in the classroom.

February Daily Holidays & Observances Printable Calendar
This printable calendar allows you to plan events and align your classroom goals around a particular theme or holiday. You'll find daily, weekly, and monthly ideas on the calendar and in the blog post for February.


Lesson Planning

5 Valentine's Day Crafts Your Students Will Love
It's almost Valentine's Day! Do you know how you're going to get crafty with your students?

Logical Connection- Chicken Soup
Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).

Text Features- Mammoth
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

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Professional Development

The Heart of Mathematical Thinking
This Valentine Hearts Investigation engages students in collecting data, making predictions, and graphing. Included are a student worksheet, student data chart, and a Smartboard example of student work.



Eliminating Lunch Money Messes
Probably every day in every classroom, a teacher hears, "I lost/forgot/spent my lunch money," sparking phone calls home, IOUs, or food collections.


Tools & Templates

Secrets of Goal Setting Template
Help students understand the secrets of goal setting with this template.

Write to Dr. Seuss Template
Students write a letter about a favorite Dr. Seuss character or book. For an added challenge, have them write the letter as a poem!

Where Were U.S. Presidents Born? Printable Map and Graphing Activity
In which U.S. state were the most presidents born? This printable activity, perfect for Presidents' Day, helps kids find the answer. Includes three pages of cut-out, map and graphing fun.


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