Student Reflections: This is a basket I leave by my desk. Students leave notes for me related to something they are struggling with, something they are proud of, etc., a great way to form connections with my students and keep in touch! Love!

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Reading Comp with POST-ITS: After making this chart, a student requested I create matching bookmarks! Love it...thanks Jesse!

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Inferring Meanings of Unknown words

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This is the best idea ever! We learned it at a workshop with Kerrie Sadler, a readers' workshop consultant. It is called Jot Lot. Give each child a number(for the year). They attach their post-its to their numbers at the end of a lesson demonstrating the task. Great way to assess who gets it and who doesn't!

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These are notebooks we cut in half for all sorts of things. The kids love them!!

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This is what I came back to find on my easel after a day of meetings! Thanks for the SMILE!!

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I LOVE teaching small moments! This picture is of a little girl getting a big donut on an errand with her mom. She made the story come alive in a way you would never know it was only about a donut....love it!! <
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Introduction

My name is Nancy Prather.  I taught kindergarten for 12 years and I am in my 4th year of second grade and loving it.  I thought I would start my blog with basically, a letter from one of my current students who has stolen a piece of my heart.  I love when a lesson goes well, or when a student achieves something for the first time, but what really gets me, and I am sure you can all attest to this, is when the personal connection I have formed with my students allows them to share their innermost thoughts with me.   I am sure you all have letters like this one!

 

And then there is the letter that simply makes me laugh, from a former student with the same name.

 

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New to Blogging

Hi Everyone.
I have decided to jump on the blogging bus to share my classroom with others.  Here is to my first blog...of many more to come!
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New to Blogging

This is all very new to me so here goes... testing
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