Can’t do? or Won’t do?  Quick check to minimize unnecessary interventions!


Finding time for interventions or reteaching is very difficult!  Most times we assume if a student hasn’t done well on an assignment, it’s because they had trouble with it.  The truth is, sometimes students would rather not be bothered, right??  

Distractions, rushing through, or just a lack of motivation could cause students to put forth less than their best effort.  When this is the case, the last thing you want to do is set aside time to reteach the skill just to discover they didn’t need it!

So before you take the time to reteach or create an intervention, here is a quick method to determine if low achievement is a “can’t do” or “won’t do” issue…

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Here is a more official 2-page intervention tool you can use from one of my FAV websites for academic and behavioral interventions…Intervention Central!



Click on either page to go to the PDF!

Don’t waste time reteaching if you don’t have to!  Try these tools to eliminate unnecessary interventions!!



Mindfulness for kids…here is resource for school OR home!!

Mindfulness has become extremely popular recently and  I believe that this is a practice that children need as much…if noZen stonest MORE…than adults!

Just think about it….as adults we have developed self-regulation skills that we use when we have extreme feelings like anger, sadness, fear, or worry.  For children, although some are more resilient than others, these skills are not necessarily hard wired.  They have to be taught and cultivated until children are able to do them independently and be able to identify when they need to use them.

Dan Harris, ABC news anchor, defined mindfulness as the ability to see what’s going on in your head combined with the ability not to get carried away with it.  Sounds like something we ALL can use!!

Mind Yeti is a great place to start practicing mindfulness in classrooms OR at home.  Watch this video to see how!


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Sounds like it’s worth a try?  Let me know how it goes!



Amazing Dollar Tree Hack from Make, Take & Teach!!

You just have to love that Dollar Tree! It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to have the time to just wander the aisles of our local Dollar Tree. It used to be one of my favorite things to do when I needed to kill 30 minutes or so while waiting for soccer…

via My Favorite Dollar Tree Hack! — Make Take & Teach

Absolute BEST Resource for Reading Strategies at ALL levels!!!

I have been delving into what I consider to be the best resource for finding easy to implement strategies for children at all reading levels!

imagesYou cannot go wrong with this book because there are even strategies for non-readers to interact with books in a meaningful way.  The layout of the book is a teachers dream because you don’t have to sift through excessive paragraphs to locate the information you need. Quickly see the level, strategy, visuals, and even prompts for you to use with students while learning and using the strategies each on one page.

Click the book cover for ordering information!






Here is a sample page from the book…






Click the picture below of the author to watch a video of a comprehensive walkthrough of the book.  Trust me, you will buy it…and you will love it!!


As of today, I am anxiously awaiting the release of her new book The Writing Strategies Book!!  Check back soon for more information!