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Virtual Math Instruction

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • April 6, 2020, 11:56 a.m.

Written by Ashley Taplin

This past month has brought about dramatic changes in our schools and our home life. But, as we continue to distance ourselves physically, it has been incredible to see educators grow even closer in united fronts to deliver enriching education to students. Below are some ideas for deepening strategies in math that can be accessed both digitally and by print copy.

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Enrichment Learning Day

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • April 6, 2020, 11:47 a.m.

As the entire world is told to stay inside and be together with our immediate family, there are so many positive opportunities to give kids love and experiences. I once heard my pastor say that "Kids spell love, T. I. M. E." It is our prayer that this is a TRUE statement and looked at by all as a GIFT of time to be with our children.


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Picture Prompts for Quick Writes

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 21, 2020, 9:19 a.m.

Have you seen the NY Times picture prompts? These make a great quick-write-a-day.

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Setting Up for Virtual Learning

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 18, 2020, 7:30 a.m.

Do you need help setting up remote learning? On this resource, I walk you through apps, including Zoom, that allow you to record or live cast lessons and set up small group sessions. 

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Math Resources for Secondary

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 17, 2020, 7:50 a.m.

There are so many resources available online for secondary students. Here is a list of our favorites!

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Math Resources for Elementary

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 17, 2020, 7:39 a.m.

There are so many resources available online for elementary children. Here is a list of my favorites!



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ELAR Resources for Elementary Teachers

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 17, 2020, 6:11 a.m.

Looking for texts for elementary-age readers?  Check out these free (or almost free) websites for engaging, content-rich texts.  There's no reason to read boring texts!

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ELAR Resources for Secondary Teachers

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 17, 2020, 5:56 a.m.

As you create learning experiences for your students, here is a list of reading and writing resources to use for ELAR learning in the secondary classroom. 

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March Madness in the Classroom

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 9, 2020, 10:05 a.m.

Written by Randi Anderson

I've always been a sucker for a good theme. Every March, there is always buzz around the men's NCAA basketball tournament. Educators can tap into that buzz and use it in the classroom to get students motivated.

Ideas for Using March Madness in Your Classroom:


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Discussion Circles are Powerful!

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • March 9, 2020, 9:58 a.m.

Written by Randi Anderson

Throughout the past year I've spent extensive time talking, collaborating, and brainstorming ideas all focused on classroom discussions circles. The research around discussion circles is astounding for student growth. In fact, classroom discussion has an effect size of .82 which translates to a TWO YEAR gain in student achievement. See Hattie's Effect size chart for reference.

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