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    For the Love of a Book, Week 14

    It’s time for another installment of “For the Love of a Book!” And I know you’re super-duper excited. I’m going to attempt to keep this one short because I have a zillion errands to run today (I’m hunting all the Goodwills in a 30 mile radius for camo cargo pants for my time traveler costume) so here we go! Today’s book recommendation is actually another Goodwill find. I swear, I cannot go into a Goodwill and not come out with at least 5 books. According to my records on LibraryThing, I have 549 books in my classroom library. Now, I know that’s probably not accurate because my books tend to grow legs…

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    Oh, If Only I’d Known…

    Hello, there!! Welcome to a new blog series here at Starring The Sixers! I finished up the Classcraft blog series last week and was trying to think what I wanted to do next…and I stumbled upon the idea of a series geared towards first-year teachers. My book, From Newbie to TOY in Zero-Five Years (super working title), is intended to help first-year teachers navigate the pitfalls of beginning to teach so I figured a blog series on that topic would be helpful as well. It’s a seven-week series that will take you more or less right up to that first teacher workday! Some posts will have freebies and some will…

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    Let the Planning Commence!

    Okay, yes. I know that we are barely starting our 3rd week of summer and that I should still be enjoying relaxing, kicking back, and basically doing nothing. And I am. But I’m also getting bored with that. I’m ready to start planning for next year. I don’t want to spend hours at my computer every day, typing away at this that and the other. But I want to do a little bit here and a little bit there so that I don’t get overwhelmed come August. In case you were wondering (or had any suggestions, comments, critiques), here are the main things I would like to accomplish this summer as…

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    For the Love of a Book, Week 13

    Welcome back to my favorite series, all about books that are awesome! I love books. In two weeks, there’s a “First Thursday” book sale from our local library system and I am so pumped. I love buying books and I especially love getting new books for my classroom.Today, though, I’m going to leave my typical ‘what book am I recommending this week’ format and talk about something that’s on my mind lately. So hang on and feel free to chime in.I believe that books for young adults and even middle-grades are becoming more and more inappropriate. I am constantly worried about the level of ‘adult’ content that we are exposing…

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    Gamifying the Classroom with Classcraft, Week 6!

    I know, I know…it’s been a very long time since my last Classcraft post. Probably nobody noticed because probably nobody reads these posts but I wanted to finish out the series anyway. So let’s dive right in! This week’s post is all about the awesome premium features that you get when you, well, go premium. I debated for a long time on whether or not to upgrade and finally decided, what the heck. I shelled out the money and it was totally worth it. Today, I’m going to point out a couple of the premium features that I use most often. I’ll try to keep it brief but there’s a lot to…

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    Summer!!

    I feel like Olaf, singing about summer! That blessed, glorious time is finally upon us and has been upon us for a week now. It’s a time to kick back, relax, and enjoy being free from school.I did that. For like a week. Now I’m back on the computer, browsing Pinterest and dreaming up ideas for the next school year. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t spend all of summer doing nothing. I’ve got some good ideas simmering for next year that I want to start fleshing out, I’m thinking of moving away from interactive notebooks this year so I’ve got to start thinking about that…there’s lots…

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    For the Love of a Book, Week 12

    Okay, okay, okay. I know…I’ve been MIA for a while now. Like a month. Probably no one has even noticed but if you have, my apologies. The end of the school year is crazy and then I just wanted to lie around and do nothing this first week of summer. But today I am starting to browse Pinterest for lesson ideas and so I thought I’d get back into my blog with today’s installment of “super awesome book you should definitely read and recommend.” You all know that I absolutely love Gordon Korman. When I go to book sales, the first books I look for are ones by Korman (although I’m…