Books–The Gifts that Keep on Giving!

Every December and June I have a big book give-away for my students. I scout garage and library sales throughout the year, and I ask anyone and everyone for donations. So, I’m asking you, dear parents, to peruse your child’s book shelves. Are there any books that are no longer needed? If you can answer…

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MCTI–Michigan Career Technical Institute (Hint: It’s FREE)

I recently had the pleasure of touring the campus of MCTI, a FREE college option for some of our students/children with severe learning differences. They have many career path options. Students take an introductory 5-week class on pinpointing strengths and skill areas, and then they begin their chosen program based on those results. A few…

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Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year, Teachers and Parents!

Welcome to the new school year at Grand Ledge Public Schools! My name is Francie Skarritt and I will be teaching Language! Live at Hayes Middle School this year. I have been teaching for 29 years and am looking forward to another year using this wonderful program. Language! Live is designed to help your child…

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EdWeb.net a Great FREE Resource for Teachers

EdWeb.net may be just the thing you’re looking for if you need more FREE professional development hours and are not sure where to get them. The webinars are very user-friendly, and you can watch them when they are on and interact or listen to them whenever it fits into your schedule. You can print out…

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Surviving the Teenage Brain (book)

So what is up with the teenage brain anyway, and how do we survive this period of time in our kids’/students’ lives?  In The Teenage Brain,  Dr. Frances Jensen explains that a teenager’s brain is like a souped up sports car with no brakes. The last organ in the body to mature is the brain,…

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Free! Teacher Talk Advantage Website is now free!

The Teacher Talk Advantage Website by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller is now free!  I have paid $60 for this each year and have gotten great value for my money, but now it’s free!  And it may be just what you’re looking for! That site now has free articles, free instructional videos, free teacher talk…

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Here’s to a CALM and HAPPY 2016!

As a parent, I have searched far and wide to find really solid, usable advice on parenting over the years.  My sons are all grown up now and creating lives of their own but I still find myself using the information I have learned from Kirk Martin on a regular basis.  I apply it mostly…

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Aimsweb Update–11/2015

I met with ERESA to get our Aimsweb 2.0 questions answered.  Important things to know as you go forward: You may not enter scores any earlier than LAST WEEK.  If you’ve been saving your scores to enter them all in at the same time, this is what you’ll need to do:  First, enter in your…

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Super Brain Yoga–VIDEO

Watch this 4-minute video on Super Brain Yoga.  It is one simple 3-5 minute exercise that has you crossing the mid-line and it gets your students (and you!) moving–and smarter.  I’m going to try this with my classes this year and I’ll keep you posted!  Let me know if you try this with success in…

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Language! Live Introduction Video

Language! Live is a new literacy program that is being used in our 7th through 12th grade reading intervention classes.  Watch this video to get an idea of what it’s all about!

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