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Poor Lucy. My sweet bulldog puggle has this little human invading her territory. Although Violet has a sea of toys, she's started to prefer Lucy's toys, especially now that she can crawl all over. Violet will actually crawl over to where Lucy is chewing on a bone and take it! And Lucy just watches sadly! Lucy is SO patient and sweet with Violet! 

Maybe she's more tolerant now that Violet eats solids and tends to share with Lucy...

Does anyone else have sweet and funny baby-pet interactions to share?





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Good morning!

We're in it. And by it I mean testing season. As an instructional coach, I'm helping kids AND teachers prepare for upcoming state assessments in New York. I made testing survival kits for my teachers - motivational coloring pages, secret parent notes for encouragement, testing treats, letters to the students for support, and these short response checklists!

I love using pens with my kids to color code their Restate, Answer, and two pieces of Text-based evidence. When they become automatic at it, they will write with one color and use different colored highlighters to check their response. It's difficult to get full credit on the written response without a strategy like this!

While kids can't use them on the test, they can use this leading up to the test and we can hope it sticks! I have several strategies - RATT, RATTS, RAPP, and RAPPS - depending on the strategy different teachers use in my school. What strategy do YOU use successfully for short response questions?





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Hi everyone!

My husband and I love to buy in bulk. We went to BJs after I digitally clipped 9 million coupons and filled not one but TWO carts! Violet was a real trooper as we filled the cart all around here. Now that we have this sweet little girl in our lives, it's easier to have a year's supply of everything than to ever run out!

Plus, buying 8 dozen eggs leaves plenty for make ahead egg cups, deviled egg snacks, and hard boiled eggs in our lunches. Can you tell we are full on keto dieters right now?


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Good morning!

Since having a baby, I do every kind of meal prep that will save time! Plus, my husband and I are on the keto diet, so I need to meal prep minus carbs and sweets!

These delicious looking egg cups (I made cheddar, spinach and cheese, and buffalo chicken) took about 7 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook in muffin tins. I sprayed each tin with Pam like crazy and those little morsels of yumminess popped right out! Next, I froze them in ziplock baggies. Now I can just pop one in the microwave for a few minutes and have a healthy, delicious breakfast on the go!

If I can do it, anyone can! :)


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Our third grade class used Amy Lemons and Hope King's Write On unit to help us through procedural writing. The kiddos LOVED  making Pie In a Cup! We discussed the materials, made it ourselves, used sequence words to write a paragraph, and saw our writing through to publishing! It was a lot of fun and something different. All third graders have done How To Writing before, but none of them had made Pie In a Cup before!



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Our class revisited our old anchor charts about personal narratives this week because we are starting narratives! We are writing descriptions of our own personal Neverland as we read the novel, Peter Pan.

Our third graders are LOVING the book, Peter Pan, which is part of the EngageNY English Language Arts Modules that our school district is using.  Last week we warmed up our brains to the idea of writing about our own Neverland. I demonstrated writing with a timer. The class put a 3 minute timer on me and I wrote about my own Neverland in front of them. I didn't stop writing AT ALL. Then, the class got a five minute timer and had to write about their own Neverland for five minutes WITHOUT STOPPING. It was really amazing how much they got done...much more writing than a laid back writer's workshop day!

Check out the anchor charts we revisited this week:




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