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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

Awesome ways to use technology in the classroom! Wonderful websites all teachers should know about (if not use)

Scholastic Teachersfrom Scholastic Teachers

Interactive Whiteboard 101: A Resource of Activities for Math Instruction

tons of great interactive math games for the smart board, from K - 12.

Pandora in the Classroom - I loved this post! I went and created an individual Pandora account that just has instrumental and child appropriate music that I can play in my classroom!

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Story Starters: ANYTIME {Not Your Ordinary Writing Prompts!}

You haven't seen story starters like these before! 10 compelling photos paired with carefully crafted writing prompts to engage even your most reluctant writers. Each photo includes four unique prompts, with a variety of writing forms. Gr. 3-5 ($) Or get the Full Year bundle here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Story-Starters-Full-Year-BUNDLE-Not-Your-Ordinary-Writing-Prompts-2216139

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30 Classroom Procedures to Head Off Behavior Problems

Awesome list of procedures to teach at the beginning of year

For my teacher friends: Don't just pin...WATCH. Within 30 seconds I had a new attention grabber and learned so many more teacher tricks...LOVE THIS!!! **This lady is amazing! I just watched all her youtube videos!**

daily writing prompts - I've done this, going to give it a try again. You can give them a prompt and/or allow them to select their own topic. Develops writing fluency! Also do 1-minute alphabet writer (they write alphabet in sequence over, and over until a minute is done- do uppercase and lowercase separately....good for handwriting/letter writing fluency).