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Simplifying Small Group Formation

June 12, 2024

On an almost daily basis as a 3rd grade teacher, I was creating small groups in my classroom.  This was done for various reasons: seating charts, guided reading, partner work, project-based learning, field trips, and many more.  Whether for small group instruction, group work, or partner work, I loved the benefits of moving away from…

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Crafting Equitable Class Lists in Elementary Schools: The Essential Guide

April 8, 2024

In elementary schools, class lists specify the classroom assignments for students, along with their respective teachers. These lists are the output of the student placement process ..

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I Hope I Get a Good Class this Year

April 8, 2024

Any elementary teacher who has taught for any length of time has had one of “those” classes: the one consisting of challenging behaviors, students who should have been separated but weren’t, too many struggling readers, or any other combination of students that can make teaching a real challenge. These are the classes that make you…

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That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It

April 8, 2024

On March 15, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act. This bill would make daylight savings time the permanent standard time thereby ending the twice-annual changing of clocks. Daylight savings time has been observed in most states since 1966 with the passage of the Uniform Time Act. Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) argued…

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Is All This Data Analysis Making a Difference?

May 16, 2022

At the elementary school where I taught for 12 years, we would have twice-a-year meetings called Data Days. Our grade-level team would meet with the principal, the literacy coaches, and the special needs teachers to analyze all the student data in our grade level. This data ranged from district benchmark assessments to statewide standardized test…

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Class Composer: The Best Solution for Student Placement

February 9, 2022

Choosing a class list creator or placement software can help elementary school teachers plan balanced classes. Don’t purchase any class list software before reading this article.

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Creating Fair and Equitable Classes Doesn’t Have to Bring You to Your Knees

March 2, 2022

Where does it hurt? When it comes to assigning elementary school students to their classes, it’s the knees, the back and the head. Why? Because the vast majority of elementary school educators are still using blue and pink paper cards, sticky notes, and oftentimes the floor to come up with class rosters. The result is…

How Educators Should Lead

This Principal Starts Each Day with a Morning Assembly at School and Is Seeing Amazing Results

January 2, 2019

Why not start the day with a centered purpose? Learn how one principal is starting each day with an assembly and the impact it’s having on the school.

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How the Challenge of Creating Balanced Classrooms Completely Changed My Career

March 18, 2022

This article was originally published on We Are Teachers April 20, 2017 Every year as a third-grade teacher, I eagerly looked forward to the fresh start of a new school year and a new group of students. While every classroom presented its own challenges, I was always hopeful for a group that was balanced academically and…