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The BEST Pencil Sharpener for your Classroom

It’s the little things in life that can make a big difference in the classroom. When it’s time to complete an activity or take a test, the last thing we teachers want to see/hear is a line of students struggling to sharpen their pencils. Let’s face it, the sharpeners on our classroom walls just don’t cut it! They are unstable, difficult to use, and generally a waste of time, as many of my students have to sharpen their pencil 2…

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Why You Should Visit Crepe Expectations in Vegas!

Crepe Expectations was the last place I tried crepes during my adventure out west, and it was definitely one of the best cafes I’ve ever been to! My bestie, Darbie, and I visited Vegas just for one night, and our only plans for the next day before leaving were literally to go try out this crepe place. Darbie had been here once before, and she really talked up the place! Though I was tired and ready to move on, I…

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Teacher Thoughts: Words – Gateways to New Worlds

Every class period holds a new purpose, goal, promise. Students enter the classroom with expectations of gaining new knowledge. Words, however, are the gateway to the new world of knowledge, and, if students cannot understand the instructional vocabulary, they cannot enter the new world of knowledge. Typical vocabulary instruction and assessment has involved matching new words to their definitions, but chapter seven of Adolescent Literacy (Beers, et. al) describes three newer methods for secondary vocabulary instruction along with a new…

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Your Guide to Fay Canyon Trail, Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona has so much to offer hikers of all experience levels! If you’re looking for some beautiful sights, but you’re a little nervous about hiking up and down mountains and canyons, Fay Canyon Trail is the trail for you! When I went to Arizona, I was not exactly in the best shape of my life, and I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to hike and enjoy all of the beautiful trails. For example, hiking the Grand Canyon…

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Why You Should Visit Canyon Crepes Cafe in Page, AZ!

Ok, if you’ve been following me on Instagram lately, you might have noticed that I’ve gone a little crepe-crazy. I can’t help it! For some reason, crepes are everywhere in Arizona, and I’m not complaining! I fell in love with crepes when I ate my first one in Paris, France. It was a true romance-novel situation. Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of access to creperies in the rural Midwest. Luckily, my bestie shares a love of crepes, and…

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The Ultimate, FREE YouTube Playlist for Classroom Ambiance

As a high school English and Spanish teacher, my classroom looks different from day to day. On some days, students are collaborating in groups to come up with a theme to the latest story we read. On other days, you could walk in and see the kids working with a partner to learn the new vocabulary from the unit, and, as each unit winds down, you’ll see more individual work in my classroom while students master the skills we’ve been…

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10 Essential Items for a Trip to the Galapagos Islands

While studying abroad in Ecuador, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands! The Galapagos Islands are one of Ecuador’s many beautiful places to visit, and what’s not to love? This archipelago of tiny volcanic islands is located 1000 km (about 600 miles) off of the Pacific coast of Ecuador. It’s completely surrounded by some of the clearest, most beautiful water in the Pacific Ocean, and each island is home to a diverse population of plants and…

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Teacher Thoughts: Why Underclass Children No Longer Have Permission to Fail

Since the beginning of schooling, students have been classified and recognized by their social-class status. Children of underclass statuses, whether by region, race, dialect, or color, have been, and in some cases still are, allowed to fail school. There is a known pattern with children of poverty: they do not learn to read and write, just as their parents and grandparents before them failed to learn as well. Some would argue that this pattern, however, is not due to heredity,…

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