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What is Expanded Form?

Are you teaching expanded form? Do you have a rubber band? Perfect! That’s all you need to introduce expanded form! As a second grade math nerd, expanded form has been my favorite number form to teach. To begin the lesson, I would use a rubber band and show what expanded means. By placing the rubber...

Parent Survey for Teachers with Google Forms

Parent surveys for teachers can provide valuable information and insight at the beginning of the school year.  If you’re anything like me, you may collect a paper copy of a parent survey for back to school and then it sits…just waiting to be hidden under piles of ungraded papers. Then when you need the information,...

Your guide to Virtual Math Manipulatives

Virtual Math Manipulatives are SO handy! Have you ever ended your rock star math lesson, only to find manipulatives scattered on the floor? What about the time you had just got into your teacher flow only to be interrupted by the crashing of base ten blocks hitting the floor and scattering to the far reaches...

Burned Out Teacher, There is Hope

Burned out teacher, there is hope for loving your work and your life without all the stress that comes with the job. As stressed teachers, we forget that we are people first and teachers second. When we make ourselves teachers first, we become burned out teachers because there isn’t room in our lives to be...

Back to School Night: An Easy Teacher Guide

Back to school night comes once a year, and Pinterest is full of elaborate back to school night ideas. But if you’re anything like me, I’m still rushing around putting the finishing touches on my classroom, and too busy to put extra time into an elaborate back to school night set-up.  Here is my guide...

Sell on Teachers Pay Teachers

There are 5 major things that happened when I learned how to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers. Sure it was overwhelming at first, but these 5 things helped me get on track to building a successful business and they can do the same for you! 1. I got my creativity back Do you feel creative...

5 Ways to Practice Counting Money in 2nd Grade

Spring time brings flowers, rain showers and counting money in 2nd grade. My students can’t contain themselves when they see the glistening silver and copper coins. There is just something about handling those fake plastic coins that stirs the excitement to learn how to count money in 2nd grade. Tooth Fairy Coin Match: Get those...

THE BEGINNING

Last spring, I planted some flowers by my front door. Now…you may not know me very well yet, but the fact that I thought I could grow flowers in my garden is laughable. I’ve killed every houseplant that has had the unfortunate pleasure of crossing my thresh hold. But I thought I’d try my black...

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