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The Failure of Standardized Tests – An Open Letter to Policy Makers, Voters, Educators & Parents


Dear Policy Makers, Voters, Parents, and Educators: I fail standardized assessments regardless of what type of extra help I receive. Below is my story of what would happen if I was a public school student in today’s schools: my bad test taking would cause my school to be labeled as poor, and my teacher and … Continue reading

Five Minute Friday: Ready, Set, Jump


It’s Five Minute Friday time!  Remember you too can join in this “writing flash mob” and/or do it with your students.  It’s a simple and quick free writing exercise.  Read my post introducing Five Minute Friday for details on how to participate.  Also, check out how to incorporate Five Minute Friday with creating interactive posters … Continue reading

Five Minute Friday: The After-noon Jitters


It’s Five Minute Friday time!  Remember you too can join in this “writing flash mob” and/or do it with your students.  It’s a simple and quick free writing exercise.  Read my post introducing Five Minute Friday for details on how to participate.  Also, check out how to incorporate Five Minute Friday with creating interactive posters … Continue reading

Five Minute Friday: “Un” “Broken”


It’s Five Minute Friday time!  Remember you too can join in this “writing flash mob” and/or do it with your students.  It’s a simple and quick free writing exercise.  Read my post introducing Five Minute Friday for details on how to participate.  Also, check out how to incorporate Five Minute Friday with creating interactive posters … Continue reading

Five Minute Friday: Remembering the Best of the Best


It’s Five Minute Friday time!  Remember you too can join in this “writing flash mob” and/or do it with your students.  It’s a simple and quick free writing exercise.  Read my post introducing Five Minute Friday for details on how to participate.  Also, check out how to incorporate Five Minute Friday with creating interactive posters … Continue reading

Five Minute Friday: Home


It’s Five Minute Friday time!  Remember you too can join in this “writing flash mob” and/or do it with your students.  It’s a simple and quick free writing exercise.  Read my post introducing Five Minute Friday for details on how to participate.  Also, check out how to incorporate Five Minute Friday with creating interactive posters … Continue reading

Five Minute Friday- “Ordinary” Education


Last week, I introduced the NEW Five Minute Friday series I will be completing on adaptivelearnin.  Check out the link above to my post from last Friday to see what it is and how it works. I’m doing Five Minute Friday on adaptivelearnin to promote free writing.  I’m doing it so that you can see … Continue reading

Five Minute Friday- What Mamma Did


So, here’s the cool new thing that I’m starting which will be happening on adaptivelearnin every Friday, Five Minute Friday.  What is Five Minute Friday?  Check the link out for details from Lisa-Jo Baker on her blog.  She’s the one who started it.  Basically, tons of bloggers are doing Five Minute Friday every Friday.  As Lisa … Continue reading

Blog Challenge- 17 Inspirational Pins that Teach Character & Courage


Here are 17 inspirational pins I found on Pinterest which teach character that I would like to share with you. These sayings could be used as inspirational and motivational teaching moments for students.  Read them and brainstorm ways you could use these sayings to teach character and courage.  Students need to be taught how to … Continue reading

Bottom-up Teaching: Lessons Learned from My Special Needs Aunt


I have a special needs aunt and she has had the greatest influence on my teaching abilities.  My aunt has taught me skills that are valuable to any content area and profession.  What has she taught me?  How can you apply what she has taught me?  I share with you in hope that you too … Continue reading

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