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I love this!!!!! GREAT letter explaining "invented spelling" for parents. Often times parents want everything corrected and perfect and that's not what is best when learning. Invented spelling helps your child to communicate their thoughts on paper. It leads to better writers, which is a problem in schools today.
Differentiate homework & give students choice... Students choose when to do deliberate practice in math 20 min. [review (meet expectations) or take on a challenge (exceed expectations), & in literacy [write for 60 min./week & read for 60 min./week.] Logging what they have done & showing their progress to the teacher throughout the week is mandatory.
classroom organization- Great way to keep track of kids in case of emergency! Each kid always knows their class number.
"As soon as the kids walk in, this is what they see - it's our main "drop zone". They stop and turn their homework in, submit any notes from home, choose their lunch for the day, and turn in their library books. It's a one-stop-shop. It is so helpful that it's right inside the door, because the kids don't have the chance to miss it!"