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Teaching Decimals to Elementary Students

By third or fourth grade, children understand money - build on this knowledge for teaching decimals quickly and efficiently.

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Teacher Job Interview Portfolio Ideas

Your teacher job interview may require a portfolio | Ideas for presenting your best work.

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Preparing for High-Stakes Testing | Elementary Insights for Year-End Assessments

Do your students have the best attitude for year-end, standards-based testing? Teacher prep must go beyond academics.

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Teaching Fractions to Elementary Students | Easy Steps From Concepts to Mastery

Teaching children about fractions begins with an understanding of food and portions, then moves on to other facts from their daily lives.

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Uncontrolled Swearing in School | An Elementary Teacher's Response

Student swearing in school will crush your elementary classroom community. How to stop this disruptive behavior in the classroom.

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Projects for Gifted Students | Presenting Challenging Work While Staying Fair

Piling on projects for gifted students is the wrong approach to keeping them busy. Pointers on how to manage your fast learners.

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Teaching Place Value | Creative Approaches for Elementary Intermediate Grades

Move beyond a focus on 10's and 100's when teaching place value. Reinforcement and application for number sense and algorithms.

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Teaching Multiplication | Mastering the Algorithms: Area Model, Partial Product and Standard

Teaching multiplication in ultimately means mastering the standard algorithm. After memorizing 1 x 1 though 10 x 10, the next steps are fast - if you follow this intentional process.

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Teaching Multiplication Facts | Mastering Multiples to Prepare for the Multiplication Algorithm

Teaching multiplication in 4th grade means memorizing 1 x 1 though 10 x 10 (and more) until they are automatic responses. Try these strategies to get your students there in record time.

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Teaching Kids About Money | Mastering Adding, Subtracting and Making Change in Intermediate Grades

Teaching kids about money takes creativity and lots of repetition. These ideas for playing 'store,' counting play money and working within a budget are very effective.

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Math Worksheets in Elementary Classrooms | How to Find and Use Worksheets for Greatest Effect on Student Learning

Elementary math worksheets (free or teacher-created) can be tremendous assets for lesson reinforcement if they contain sufficient rigor...and are used for effective feedback. Here's how.

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Using Elementary Writing Rubrics | Effective Approaches for Maximum Student Growth

Elementary writing rubrics are simply tools. Here's how to use them for greatest impact on student learning in the language arts, and how to provide specific student feedback.

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Students Who Finish Early | Providing Individual Instruction for Fast Learners in Group Settings

Students who finish early can be challenging to teachers who are trying to manage a group of children. Tips on keeping boredom at bay for gifted children.

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Personal Whiteboard Activities for Teaching Math | Managing a Brain Starter for Elementary Students

Whiteboard activities are perfect for number strings or related-problem sets before teaching your math mini-lesson.

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Elementary Science Activities | Keeping the Mess Under Control and Learning on Track

Teaching elementary science activities is a wonderful, enriching time for both teachers and students - IF you let the kids get hands-on and use my tips to control the mess.

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