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I need some ideas for my last hour class. I teach reading only and I have this class first hour for reading and then last hour again for “communication skills”. I plan on some days doing prodigy, mayb… more

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I’m going to start doing read alouds on Zoom for the students. Any recommendations for upper elemetary? Maybe something uplifting to help battle the anxiety they might be feeling?

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Why do you think kids don't care about grades/scores anymore? I realize that life is more than a grade or score, but when it comes to school and academics, that's the reality.

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Does any one use Wit and Wisdom reading? I am looking for PowerPoints, Slides, Reaources, etc ...4th grade

Looking for a fresh, new class science fair project. Something that clearly goes through the scientific process, not a demonstration. Something quick with instant results or results within hours.

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Any input on how to best assist brand new immigrants in transitioning to the USA while also gaining academically? Our school has a steady stream of newcomer students and I want to grow in how I help.

What is your favorite book to read aloud to your students?

First day of being a sixth grade teacher is Monday. Not sure what we’re doing!!!!

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Does anyone have suggestions for correcting Math papers with students?

I’m looking for advice on a project on presidents that I do with my kids every year. See comment below for more info (not enough space here to type).

I’m looking for opinions on reading logs for 5th grade. This is my first year in 5th and they’ve always done them in the past but I’m not a fan. Thoughts?

When do you start thinking about back to school things? I love summer but when you start seeing back to school sales, it’s a buzz kill 😂.

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I want to teach myself how to make fun, engaging worksheets this summer. What should I use? PowerPoint? And how do I learn all the tips & tricks?

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How tough are you on your kids pertaining to their responsibilities? My principal thinks I don’t give some kids enough chances to complete missing work/redo poorly attempted assignments .

What types of behavior management do you use in fifth grade? What do you love/dislike?

I am a second year 4th grade teacher looking for advice on how to keep track of grades/type of system you use. I honestly didnt do the best job keeping track of data last year, it is overwhelming!

Do you accept parent requests on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc...) what have your experiences been like and does your district have rules about it?

Anyone use choice grids with their students? I'm thinking if implementing them next year in my reading and writing program and am looking for suggestions.

How do you handle working with teachers that give very little back to the profession, don’t appear to like children and any interactions are negative or gossipy? And they are in your grade level

Does anyone else use standards-based report cards? Do you like them? We aren’t too excited about the change.

Do you teach Family Life/Sex Ed? How does it work at your school? My school teaches it in 5th grade, but I feel like our curriculum needs to be updated.

Any tips for how to make tutoring enjoyable for a rising 6th trader? We will be working on math this summer, but just going through the workbook seems really boring.

How are classes built at your school? Do teachers build the classes, or does admin place all of the students?

How do you do reading groups? I shift mine around so much because I can seem to find a way that I feel is effective and practical!

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What math curriculum does everyone use? My school currently does NOT have curriculum. We take and borrow from all different districts and states. A little frustrating!

I am interested in hearing thoughts on teaching reading strategies and skills (standards) . We are looking into cafe but there are so many standards. We need more application opportunities.

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I’m moving to new state (Indiana from South Carolina) and and going to a 6th grade position. Any suggestions for must have things for a 6th grade gen ed classroom?

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Do any of you use Accelerated Reader? Thoughts?

How’s your team dynamic? Is it cohesive or do you have members who don’t seem to love what they do?

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What would the “perfect” library program look like for your upper elementary students? Does your school have a library teacher or a library tech? What are their responsibilities?

How do you keep your students from constantly talking to each other? Especially with state testing going on and summer around the corner, the chit-chatting is next level!

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