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Elaine, I know that it seems very paper heavy. There is a lot of fine motor skills involved in cutting and pasting as well direction following. The paper lessens somewhat in the grades following K. Then they get more workbook pages! Thanks for your comment. Happy Summer! Nancy
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Allie, Thank you for your love and support. I'm glad that we got to share this journey together. You are an incredible teacher and I hope that you will continue to share all of your awesome classroom with everyone. Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 31, 2011 on Final Thoughts at Classroom Solutions
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I can't believe that this year has literally flown by and that I am posting my last blog post here. I want to share some of my personal reflections about blogging for Scholastic and how it has changed me as a teacher. I also want to thank everyone for all of their support! Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
Sierra, Thank you so much for following me here at Scholastic. I hope that you will continue to find good stuff on my personal blog this summer and next year! Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 24, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Every day in my classroom students spend time writing, either by themselves or with partners. Some students illustrate books while others peer edit or meet with me. Every week, we have Writers Workshop in our classroom, and when a student has a completed book, they present it at Author's Chair. I am pleased to share with you a fun Author's Chair video featuring several of my students. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
Sharon, Thank you for sharing your reflections. Good luck and I hope you enjoy being back in the classroom again. Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 19, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Felipe, Thank you for sharing your reflections. Transitions are something I want to work on next year too! Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 17, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Amy, Thanks for you for your comment! I have really loved posting this year. I hope that you found some good information and helpful tips. I am going to continue to blog next year, but not for Scholastic. Read my next post for my next blogging adventure. I hope that you will follow me there! Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Sylvia R. Thanks for sharing. I found it helpful to organize my materials by subject area and type. I hope you find my tips helpful. Happy teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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M. Da Silva, Thanks for sharing. I'm going to check out "Power Teaching". It sounds interesting! Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Jennifer Hines, I don't reward the kids for moving up unless they get to the top of the chart or off the chart. The students pins are clipped in number order on the chart, 1-12 on the left and 13-25 on the right. If you have really young kids, attach their pictures to their pins so that it's easier to find. I only have them move their pins during a quiet work time (I'll tap them on the shoulder) or when I'm done teaching a lesson or giving directions. Usually if it's a lesson or directions, I'll tell kids that I am looking for good listeners to move their pins up. I don't reward students for moving up other than the top of the chart or off the chart because often times, the recognition from me is enough. I hope that this helps. Rick Morris also has a free e-book on how he used it on his web site. Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Jaime, Those are great goals for next year. Thanks for sharing. Happy Teaching, Nancy
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Shannon B, I know that organizing the library is going to take a while. Don't be afraid to break it into chunks and enlist other people to help you if you can. I didn't get my whole library done this year. I still have to finish my non-fiction area. Thanks for sharing! Happy organizing! Nancy
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Michelle. Good luck organizing your library. Even though it was a huge undertaking and I'm still not done, it was worth it! I still have to organize the non fiction books. :) Thank you for your comment. Happy organizing, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Jenn Harper, Thanks for sharing! That is a tricky situation with no closets at all. I found some cool metal garage shelves that are really strong and inexpensive (about $50) at Costco. You can configure them to be a tall shelf about six feet tall and four feet wide with four shelves or break them down to eight feet wide and two shelves tall. You could use those for shelving and throw a curtain over it to hide your stuff. If you have space on your walls, you might want to think about wall shelves. I hope this helps! Happy organizing, Nancy
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Jessica, I have LOVED using the rainbow chart this year too. It has really changed the attitude of several of my kiddos. They love competing to see who can be caught being the best and moving up the rainbow! Thanks for your comment. Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Marybeth Moses, You can absolutely do this with Kinders. You could color code your books with colored stickers to match the correct colored bins that you want them to go in. For example, all "Silly Stories" are green dots and go in the green bins. OR you can use symbols for your labels like happy faces go in the happy faced bin and are Silly Stories. Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Ashley P, WOW!!! Congratulations on your grants. That's truly amazing and I'm sure that you are going to have a blast with your new tech toys. Thanks for sharing. Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Adelia, Thanks for your comment. I love second grade too and I am glad that you found my posts helpful. Happy Teaching, Nancy
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Katie, Thanks for reading and making on comment on the blog! Good luck on your move to first or second. I think that you will love it. The kids are sweet, enthusiastic and they love school. Happy Teaching, Nancy
Toggle Commented May 15, 2011 on End-of-the-Year Reflections at Classroom Solutions
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Sara (#27), Thanks for your comment. Good luck with your organizing. :) I have really loved my Sterlite 10 drawer tower for math stuff. Happy Teaching, Nancy
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Bunny, Thanks for your comment! I am entering you into the drawing. :) Happy Teaching, Nancy
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Anita, Thanks for your comment. I love that you are tackling reorganizing the library with the children's input. Thanks for sharing! Happy Teaching, Nancy
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Jennifer Adams, Thank you for your comment. I have loved using the rainbow behavior chart this semester! Happy Teaching, Nancy
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Jennifer Adams, Thanks for your comment. I am entering you into the drawing. Happy Teaching, Nancy
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