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Archive for November, 2012

Literature Circles Explained


This week we began our first true to form literature circles.  Literature circles are similar to book clubs.  Each member of the group is reading the same section of the book and comes to the discussion time ready to share their take on what they read.  To facilitate this at the elementary level, students are […]

Weekly Objectives- November 26-30


Well hello again!  We are back from break, back from conferences, back from a much needed technology shut down on my part!  Thank you all for bearing with me as I took a break from the blog in order to interact face to face with the parents who attended conferences and my own family over […]

Thank You for Your Generosity and Kindness


My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  I love that it is a day dedicated to sharing your gratitude for what and who you have in your life.  I am saddened each year that the focus on this day is diminished more and more by that other holiday that follows it about a month later.  While I […]

Be an Explorer!


I came across this poster idea on Pinterest last night and fell in love with it immediately.  We need to encourage our students to become explorers.  What better way to learn, then to be aware of our environment, be curious about it, investigate it, and learn from it?  Just think of all of the FREE […]

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Weekly Objectives 11/12-11/16


This week is going to be HUGE!  It is one of only 2 full weeks we have for learning in the month of November, so as you can imagine I’m packing it to the gills!  We will start off our week with World Run Day on Monday.  Remember to wear your sneakers and dress in […]

‘Twas the End of the Marking Period- A Cautionary Tale


‘Twas the end of the marking period and all through the school, students and teachers were in a wrapping up mood. Assignments were handed in completed with care, in hopes that their averages would show some repair. Students all leave on that very last day, with sighs of relief, giving high fives on the way. […]

Fire Safety and Veteran’s Day- Weekly Objectives


This week is a shortened week due to the now canceled NJEA convention.  Due to Hurricane Sandy and the devastation it has left in its wake, the actual convention (a professional development opportunity for NJ teachers held in AC) has been canceled.   I encourage you to visit the following website to see how you can […]

An Attitude of Gratitude


Wow!  It is November already!  I can not believe how quickly the year is flying by.  November is a very important month in many ways.  We will spend time in class being grateful for the many things and people we have in our lives.  This month, each students will  record 5 things they are grateful […]

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