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Making Memories in Upper Elementary: Data Not Included

We all get bogged down by the data, and RTI, and rigor, and data, data, data…it can be easy to forget that some of the most important lessons we teach our upper elementary kids simply cannot be learned from a textbook. When I think back to 4th grade, I remember the projects, the holidays, the way my teacher made me feel, and the friendships that I developed. It is important to remember to have FUN with our students…amidst all of the data!!
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Making Memories in Upper Elementary: Data Not Included
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    I get choked up every single time that I read this. This blogger does an unbelievable job of reminding me why I became a teacher. Upon reading this, I immediately feel at peace with myself as an educator and know that I am doing a good job every single day. As teachers, we should all read on a daily basis.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    Just as we are taught as teachers to focus on positive behavior reinforcement with our students, sometimes we too need to be reminded of the good in life. This website does just that. I like to share it with my students to help remind them that even if they failed a test or forgot their homework or are struggling with a friendship…there is still so much good in the world to be grateful for every single day.
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    I Wish My Teacher Knew…

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    Margot Carmichael says:
    This article went viral and it is no surprise. I have integrated this into my own room as a way to breed compassion and bonding among myself and my students. It is heartbreaking and eye-opening to see what students wish that I knew…and a constant reminder that there is so much more involved with teaching than just test scores.
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    affectiveliving.wordpress.com

    What Your Students Need to Hear

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    Margot Carmichael says:
    Not only do teachers need to be reminded about what really matters, but students do too. This is such a well written article that truly inspires me to help my students be better people, not just better learners, but better human beings. I print this out for my students on the last day of school and ask them to keep it somewhere safe and read it again in a few years. Most probably won’t…but if even one does, it will be worth it.
  • Margot Carmichael says:
    We do Just Dance in my classroom every morning. The kids LOVE it and to be honest, so do I!! It is a great way to not only get moving and active in class, but it brings us all together in a way that no lesson or activity can. This is a playlist of Just Dance Kids videos, but on YouTube there are tons of different types of Just Dance options. I was reluctant to try this, I felt silly dancing at first, but it has completely changed my classroom culture and community. And, it’s just plain FUN!