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What is Simply Skilled Teaching?

Hey there Peeps… I hope this post finds you all well! I have been getting this question via e-mail A LOT!  So… I figured….it might be time to give my peeps some insight into what Simply Skilled Teaching is all about! STRESS…ANXIETY…EXHAUSTION… LACK OF TIME WITH FAMILY…. This is ….. This is the reason I created Simply Skilled Teaching. These are the words I hear OVER and OVER and OVER again within the various online teaching communities that I am…

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Hatching Chicks…Peep…Peep

hatching chicks in the classroom

  Hi Friends…I hope this post finds you all well.  I wanted to share a little bit of Spring with you today 🙂   When I first started teaching second grade, I wanted my students to have a hands-on experience with live animals by doing a life cycle unit.  I chose chicks…of course…aren’t they just the cutest little things! Unfortunately, I don’t get to do this unit anymore because our Kindergarteners do this unit in their classroom so I had to…

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5 Ways to Engage Your Learners in October

Hey there Friends… Here in the northeast the chill is definitely in the air and you can feel that Fall is here! Fall is my all time FAVORITE time of year! So I just wanted to share some things that I do with my kiddos to get them engaged and excited about the activities and lessons that we will be working on during the month.     As teachers we are ALWAYS strapped for time! Teaching has changed A LOT over…

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Guided Math: Flexible Grouping

Hey there friends… Here is the second installment of my Get Your Groove On with Guided Math Blog series!  I hope you find this post helpful! There are basically 9 main components of Guided Math. If you would like to get Guided Math up and running in your classroom, you will need to focus on these components:     Today we will talk about All Things Flexible Grouping! Flexible grouping is a very important part of your Guided Math instruction.…

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Apple Day is COMING!

APPLE DAY is coming!!!! YAY!!!   Apple Day is one of my FAVORITE days of the school year!  I have been doing Apple Day for the past 20 years in my classroom and I still love it every year.  Even though I LOVE summer, Fall is my favorite season.  The crisp air, the cooler temps, comfy light sweaters, and the COLORS of Fall are just mesmerizing here in NY!  I can sit and look at the trees all day when…

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Guided Math: All Things Organization

Hey there friends… So sorry it has taken me so long to get this post up and running!   Here is the first installment of my Get Your Groove On with Guided Math blog series!  I hope you find these little tidbits helpful! There are basically 9 main components of Guided Math. If you would like to get Guided Math up and running in your classroom, you will need to focus on these components:     Today we will talk…

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The Low Down on Daily 5 – Rotations – Video #2

Hey there friends… I am soooooooo sorry this took so long to post.  I have been swamped lately.  But I promise… over the next couple of weeks, I will post my video on Listen to Reading and Word Work.  Here is my quickie video on my Daily 5 Rotations Board.  I hope you enjoy it! And here are some FUN FREEBIES for you to get your Daily 5 Rotations board ready!…

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Start your year off having a GROWTH MINDSET! {Freebie}

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well.  I wanted to share an activity with you that I do during the first week of school.  I am a STICKLER when it comes to saying the words “I CAN’T!” Those words are actually like hearing nails on a chalkboard for me…it drives me a bit bonkers.  So right from the get-go, we get RID of the words “I CAN’T” in our classroom and learn to change our thoughts and words…

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The Low-Down on Daily 5 – Video Series!

  Hi Friends.. Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I am so excited that you have stopped in to catch my Low-Down on Daily 5 Video Series.  I am super excited to show you what my kiddos do each day during their rotations.  Each week I am going to be posting another video on the Low-Down on Daily 5 Video Series.  My videos will focus on my Work on Writing Station, my Word Work Station, my Listen to Reading…

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