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{GIVEAWAY} Celebrating 200 fans on Facebook!

This week we made it to 200 fans on Facebook! Thank you so much for your support of my blog Learning is a Journey! To celebrate this milestone, I will be giving away your choice of 3 products from my TeachersPayTeachers store. All you have to do is enter to win below! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Classroom Awards & Google Reader

It's the end of the year and time for Classroom Awards! How do you recognize your students at the end of the year? Last year, I wanted to recognize my students for their individual efforts and unique personalities. I created my Classroom Awards & Certificates for Primary Students and they are available in Chevron, Stripes, and Polka Dots! I love having the families join us as I give out these awards. I always describe the award and tell why I have chosen the particular student who is receiving it. The students LOVE trying to guess who is going to receive each award! This year after our awards ceremony, I had the sweetest grandfather thank me for doing individualized awards. He said he knew it meant so much for his grandson to be recognized as the "Marvelous Mathematician" and he could … [Read more...]

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Summer Bucket List!

I am so excited that Summer is almost here! I'm joining in with the Summer Bucket List linky party hosted by A Cupcake for the Teacher, Miss Kindergarten, and A Modern Teacher. The most important item on my Summer Bucket List is to spend time getting to know our little girl. I am almost 9 months pregnant and have a c-section scheduled for June 3rd! We are so excited about welcoming our baby girl into our family... most of my time this summer will be spent navigating the waters of new motherhood! My husband and I have a lot to learn, and thankfully we have all summer to figure it out! As soon as I can, I want to begin running again. I continued running up until week 26 of my pregnancy and then my feet began to swell. For the past 3 months I've only been able to fit into one pair of … [Read more...]

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Super Sale!

The TeachersPayTeachers Super Sale is finally here! All products in my shop are 20% off today. You can enter coupon code SUPER at checkout for up to 28% off your total order. Here are a few of my favorite and best-selling products to use in your classroom. Happy shopping! {You can also find all of my products on Teachers Notebook!} … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 5

Chapter 5 was all about Read to Someone and Listen to Reading. **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. I am learning so much from our book study! I have implemented D5 for two years in my classroom, however this year I want to follow the format exactly. I have had several DonorsChoose projects funded that aid my students in implementing the following portions of Daily 5. The sisters begin this chapter by laying out the framework of lessons for Read to Someone. These lessons consist of: EEKK, Voice, Check I Read, You Read How to choose books Choosing your classroom spot How to choose a partner Coaching or Time I love … [Read more...]

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Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 2

I've just returned from a trip to the beach! It was so nice to read chapter 2 of The Daily 5 while sitting on the balcony drinking my coffee! **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. When setting up the structure for D5, the sisters list the following as their core foundations: Trusting Students Providing Choice Nurturing Community Creating a Sense of Urgency Building Stamina Staying Out of Students' Way Trust When I first began D5 in my classroom, trusting students was very hard for me. I kept thinking that if I didn't continually "check" on the students, how would they stay on task? Surely if I left them alone and … [Read more...]

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Memorial Day Sale!

Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone has had a safe and fun weekend. In honor of Memorial Day, everything in my TPT store is 20% off! Here are a few of my favorite items... … [Read more...]

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Classroom Awards!

Every year I look forward to recognizing my students unique abilities on Awards Day! I  have the students nominate each other for awards and then I use their suggestions when choosing awards for each student. It amazes me how the students put a lot of thought into their nominations and they usually match up pretty well with the award that I had in mind for each student. I also give out an award for Perfect Attendance and the top 2 AR readers in our classroom. This year I decided to create my own awards. I made these on Sunday and I LOVE how they turned out. I can't decide which set I like better... the chevron pattern or the stripes? This packet includes 33 awards including Perfect Attendance for grades K-3, AR Super Star, Marvelous Mathematician, Handy Helper, Peer Teacher, and many … [Read more...]

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