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Building Relationships with Morning Meetings

Building a caring classroom community with my students was one of my most important behavior management techniques. If your students know you care about them and learn to care for each other, it cuts down on a lot of behavioral problems (or it at least makes them easier to solve). One of the best ways to build and maintain a caring classroom community and culture is through morning meetings.  Here is

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Teaching The True History about the Wampanoag and Thanksgiving

I was having a conversation with my mother earlier in the week, and she told me she had saved the “Indian” costume she made for me for Halloween when I was a little girl. She wanted to know if my daughter would wear it. I was a little taken aback by her question because I thought it was commonly understood… It is improper to refer to Native Americans as “Indians.”

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Teaching About Veterans Day

While I hate to admit this, I never paid much attention to the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day until I became a teacher. Veterans Day, which is November 11 every year, is a state and national holiday reserved to celebrate the lives of all U.S. Military Veterans. (Memorial Day, on the other hand, is to honor those who passed away serving in an American war.) This post contains

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Autumn Across America (But not in Florida )

Living in Florida, I often don’t realize it is fall. It seems like all the Halloween and fall décor is up way too early, then I realize it is actually October! Seasons just aren’t the same here. Fall was one of my favorite seasons when I lived in New England. I miss the crisp weather, the vibrant leaves, and apple picking. The book Autumn Across America by Seymour Simon gives

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Building Relationships with Morning Meetings

Building a caring classroom community with my students was one of my most important behavior management techniques. If your students know you care about them and learn to care for each other, it cuts down on a lot of behavioral problems (or it at least makes them easier to solve). One of the best ways to build and maintain a caring classroom community and culture is through morning meetings.  Here is

read more »

Teaching The True History about the Wampanoag and Thanksgiving

I was having a conversation with my mother earlier in the week, and she told me she had saved the “Indian” costume she made for me for Halloween when I was a little girl. She wanted to know if my daughter would wear it. I was a little taken aback by her question because I thought it was commonly understood… It is improper to refer to Native Americans as “Indians.”

read more »

Teaching About Veterans Day

While I hate to admit this, I never paid much attention to the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day until I became a teacher. Veterans Day, which is November 11 every year, is a state and national holiday reserved to celebrate the lives of all U.S. Military Veterans. (Memorial Day, on the other hand, is to honor those who passed away serving in an American war.) This post contains

read more »

Autumn Across America (But not in Florida )

Living in Florida, I often don’t realize it is fall. It seems like all the Halloween and fall décor is up way too early, then I realize it is actually October! Seasons just aren’t the same here. Fall was one of my favorite seasons when I lived in New England. I miss the crisp weather, the vibrant leaves, and apple picking. The book Autumn Across America by Seymour Simon gives

read more »
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