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How To Make Pretty Classroom Labels for FREE

By Lisa Burns | February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Make Your Own Cute Labels! FREE! Ever wonder how all these teachers on TPT and Pinterest make their cute labels? Well, here you go- 10 easy steps. Never pay for labels again!   Step 1: Go to Canva. It’s free, but you’ll need to sign up. This is a good thing because it will save…

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Targeted Reading Instruction: How to Teach Reading Strategies

By Lisa Burns | February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Teaching Reading Strategies with Targeted Reading Instruction Teaching Reading Strategies is harder than it looks. It always seems so easy when you look at all the worksheets on strategies. Unfortunately, it is impossible to effectively teach reading strategies through worksheets. Let’s face it, skills taught in isolation remain in isolation. As Nancie Atwell said, ” A…

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The Power of Targeted Reading Instruction: What to Teach

By Lisa Burns | February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

” Jay sc- scr-am-ble-d, scrambled, Jay scrambled out of the way,” read Alex. “Wow, you worked hard on that word and quickly reread to check! Does scrambled make sense?” “Yes.” “Does it look right?” “Yes.” “Does it sound right?” “Yes.” “Keep up the hard work.” Great Reading Instruction Making the time to sit with readers,…

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Making Time for Self-Care: The Care and Feeding of a Teacher

By Lisa Burns | February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

11 Self-Care Tips for Teachers 1. Use Your Sick/Personal Days A mental health day is a justifiable sick day. Better to have a mental health day than to be sick for days because you wore yourself out. Look at the calendar and see when your longest stretches are without a break (no Monday off or other holiday).…

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Teacher Burnout: 10 Great Reasons for Self-Care

By Lisa Burns | January 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hey! I’m needing some time for self-care here, people. You can’t imagine even saying that, right?! We’re back in the swing of things at schools around the country.  Standardized testing is coming up. Grading is piling up, already. Our houses are a mess.  Meetings, planning for next year, appointments, more meetings, baseball practice… Feeling stressed?…

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The 7 Tool Teacher: Teaching Essentials

By Lisa Burns | January 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

  7 Tools Every Teacher Needs You know that teacher down the hall? The one whose students make more than a year’s growth every year? Yeah. That one. You can be that teacher. To begin, there are certain teaching tools every teacher needs to develop in order to become a teacher with those mad skills (I mean…

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Conquering the Morning Chaos

By Lisa Burns | January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

                       Chaos and coffee do not go together. I didn’t know how we got there, but our mornings had become chaotic. Mom! I can’t find my shoes! Mom, where’s my homework?! Hurry up and brush your teeth. We are going to be late! Does this…

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Decide: A Growth Mindset Life Lesson

By Lisa Burns | October 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

“How could she?! It’s so wrong and unfair! My life is ruined!” I wailed. “Hold on! Take a breath. I realize Sarah betrayed you. What she did was wrong and just plain awful. You need to give yourself time to find perspective. Take one day for your pity party. Whoop it up. Wallow in it…

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