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Compartmentalizing in Elementary – Pros and Cons

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Compartmentalizing | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth | Join others in talking about the highs and lows of education

As our school starts to discuss what compartmentalizing is going to look like next year, I question how we can do it successfully. I don’t doubt we can do it, and that we can do it well, but as we know in education, so many good ideas fail because they aren’t implemented correctly. Whether it…

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How I feel sometimes after work…

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How I feel after work | Copyrighted 2016 Patty Benton may not be used anywhere else

Yes, this is how I feel many times after work. NOTE: This picture may not be used or posted anywhere else.

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You Need More Than the Ability to Take Standardized Tests

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State Testing | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth

This could not be truer, yet this is what the shift in education has come to. Instead of teaching for the future, more and more of teaching is to help students pass a test. Is there a balance? I believe yes.

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End of Day…

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Humor | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth

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The Trouble With Boys

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The Trouble with Boys by Peg Tyre | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth | Join others in talking about the highs and lows of education

I received this book at my old school and found it to be a great resource for me, as a teacher AND a parent. Having a son after having two high-achieving daughters, had taught me an incredible amount about the differences between boys and girls. It has affected the way I teach and relate to…

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The Stink Eye

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Humor | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth

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State Testing – Keep, Change, Move Away From?

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State Testing | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth

We are in state testing time here in Colorado. As we test our scholars and children, the questions to ask is what are the benefits of state testing? Do we keep state testing? If we keep it, how can we improve it? There are a lot of things about state testing that irritate me (just…

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Challenge Packets

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Challeng Packets | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth | Join others in talking about the highs and lows of education

One of the ways I have effectively found to deal with my “fast finishers” is to create a challenge packet each week. My class works on a DOJO rewards system, and students get challenge points on DOJO, while they continue to practice past learned skills and new we are working on. These are some of…

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Silence!

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Humor | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth

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What is the balance to differentiation?

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Differentiating Learning | The Missing Piece for Educators and Supporters of Educational Growth

We all know the term “differentiation”. I think that all (or at least most of us) agree the differentiation is crucial to the success of our scholars. Yet most educators are the only on in the classroom. How do we differentiate with classes that many times are tipping close to 30 scholars? How do we balance…

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