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    5 Ways to Build Classroom Community

    Don’t you just love February? It’s the month for love and random acts of kindness. So, it’s the perfect time to teach your students how to spread love to others. Of course, I know we teach about kindness throughout the year but February gives us an excuse to go overboard.    Kindness is power; the power to help someone, the power to move someone, the power to inspire someone. When you start by helping one person with kindness, you never know how far that spark will go. RAKtivist   We have FIVE fun activities to help your students learn how to show others how much they mean to them through acts…

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    How To Help Your Kids Get Their Mojo Back Before The Test

    This time of year can be very STRESSFUL as we all are preparing for the state test. Students are tired of the traditional constant review. To be honest, who wouldn’t be tired of it? Sometimes we just need to shake up our normal routine to help our students get their MOJO back before the test.  I have always looked at my job as if I’m not enjoying it and having fun, then I know my students aren’t. Are their times to have boring activities in the room? Nope, I don’t believe so. You can make everyday skills fun, engaging, and relevant to their lives. Your students should be excited to come…

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    Shhhh…Silent Discussions in The Classroom

    Okay, when I say silent, I mean silent (except for music playing in the background)!  You won’t believe how your students will work during this time. So, I know you are dying to know how to do this (hehe)! It’s super easy to do and can be used for responding to literature, math problems, science, social studies, pretty much any topic! We used this during a Shakespeare unit. Instead of just asking the students these questions or having them write a “formal” written response to one of the plays we were studying. Simply write the statement or question that you want them to respond to in the middle of a…