Be Proud of Who You Are

I read an article the other day that said, "The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks."  Are you trying to please others so much that you lose your sense of direction along the way?  Seeking approval of others is fine up to a point until you begin to compromise your health and happiness.  You worry so much about what others think that you cannot breathe.  Maybe you are terrified to step outside of the box in fear of going against the norm.  It's time to stop feeling insecure.  The constant thought of seeking approval forces us to miss out on the beauty of simply being ourselves. 


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Inspiration Sunday

John Maxwell is the author of this quote.  He says, encouragement is the oxygen to the soul.  We can all use a pat on the back.  Everyone needs a cheerleader on their side.  A person who stands beside them when their world is turned upside down.  Encouragement brings out the best in people.  The simple truth is people tend to become what the most important people in their lives think they will become.  How have you influenced others lately?  Have you inspired someone to be come better?  Do you believe in your teachers and staff? Bring out the best in the people you come in contact with this week.  The way to do this is through encouragement.  

People respond to people.  They don't just believe in you because you're the campus leader.  Build relationships that last.  If your staff believes in you as a leader, nothing will stop them.  Encouragement starts now!




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Drawing Conclusions Freebie

Introducing drawing conclusion couldn't be easier!  I sure wish I had thought of this when I was in the classroom.  Using riddles to draw conclusions, is a fun and simple way to either introduce the concept or improve it.  Since drawing conclusions is needed at all grade levels and for all subjects, these skills are extremely important.  It is a complex skill and it will develop over time. 

Drawing conclusions is a big part of third and fourth grade on my campus.  This new product is created for K-2 teachers to use to begin to build that skill with their students. 

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 A simple trick to cut the inside- simply fold the paper in half (see the fold above).  Cut the diagonal lines on the fold.
 I included a blank frame for students to create their own riddle and have their classmates draw conclusions.  This is a higher level thinking skill and highly encouraged to practice.  This will allow you to know for sure if a student has mastered the skill. 

If you down load this, please leave feedback and if willing send me pictures to use on the blog! 

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Measuring Angles with Protractors

I have to admit I am extremely happy to have a three day weekend.  It couldn't have come at a better time.  The weather is great today and has been for the last 3 days.  The highs will be in the 60's again today with sunshine!  It's a win-win.

Just wanted to a take a few minutes and share some new pictures with you today. 

Measuring angles with protractors is a new standard for 4th grade Texas students.  I created this packet for my teachers to use. 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Angles-using-Protractors-Task-Cards-and-Posters-1652141
 Posters are great to add in the stations or display in the classroom.  Students can use to refer to as they work through the task cards. 
 If you are not familiar with task cards, here is how to use them.  Students will get a recording sheet and complete the task cards.  You can do the task cards in small group instruction, tutoring or even in stations/centers.  Laminate the cards and cut them apart.  Students can start at any card and complete all 20 cards in any order. 

A fun activity is called SCOOT.  Laminate the cards and cut apart. Hang the cards around the classroom or even around the campus or down the halls.  Students complete the task cards and SCOOT to the next card.


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Winter Comprehension Passages for Young Learners

Building strong comprehension strategies begins early.  Rainbow comprehension allows even the youngest learners to use text evidence to build comprehension strategies.  This new theme is for kindergarten and lower first grade students. 

Rainbow Comprehension is best used in small group or guided with the teacher.  It requires very little prep.  Just print and go.  Students will need blue, yellow and green crayons, highlighters, or colored pencils.  The students read the passage at least two times.  The teacher reads the questions and guides the student to locate the answer using the correct color. 

This packet is a great way to "Quick Check" comprehension with your students each week as well as build a foundation of reading strategies with the younger students.  


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STAAR Progress Measure Charts NOW AVAILABLE

After many requests, the STAAR Progress Measure Charts for 4th grade Reading and Math are now available on my TpT store for FREE!   I only ask if you download it...please leave feedback.  It helps my store and it gives you credit for your next purchase.

You might also be interested in the following products:

STAAR Math Grade 3 Task Cards
Rock the STAAR Test Jeopardy Game
STAAR Math Grade 4 Task Cards
Accommodations Flipbook-STAAR Ready
Grade 4 Writing Rubric for Expository and Narrative Compositions
Math Stations STAAR Prep
STAAR Writing Prompts


 Students in 4th grade taking the STAAR Math must earn 70 more points than in 3rd grade.  TEA has decided that math will not count this year in Index 2 so growth is not a factor.  However, graphing and setting student goals is proven highly effective for student success. 
 Students in 4th grade taking the STAAR Reading must earn 82 more points than in 3rd grade.


 Here is a link to a blog post that I did last year using my STAAR Charts. 




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You might also be interested in the following products:

STAAR Math Grade 3 Task Cards
Rock the STAAR Test Jeopardy Game
STAAR Math Grade 4 Task Cards
Accommodations Flipbook-STAAR Ready
Grade 4 Writing Rubric for Expository and Narrative Compositions
Math Stations STAAR Prep
STAAR Writing Prompts

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Positive Behavior Punch Cards- FREEBIE

We all know the second semester of the school year can be the hardest.  We are getting into more difficult content.  With all that, comes more expectations.  With more expectations, comes discipline.  As educators, we can help the situation with positive behavior interventions.  One very simple way of keeping up and rewarding students is with punch cards.  Take a look...


 I created this freebie for you and your students.  It has punch cards for homework, Math Facts, I Read My Book, and Best Behavior.



The cards are a visual reminder to students.  As students complete the task, punch a space in the card.  When the student completes the card or the desired amount by you (the teacher), the student receives a prize.  If you need to make accommodations for certain students so they have less holes, simply punch out several at the end for the student.  

Cards are large so they can be easily found or placed in a notebook or pencil bag/box.  The cards can also be placed in a pocket chart since they are "punch strips."

Download Punch Strips
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