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How to Fix a Slow Chromebook

If you teach virtual students who use Chromebooks, you probably hear “Why is my Chromebook so slow?” at least five times a day. With so many students using these devices to learn from home, classroom teachers have also been doing double duty as Technology Support Specialists in helping to resolve

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Celebrate the 1,000th Day of School for 5th Graders

For most elementary school students, the 100th day of the school year is a cause for celebration. Kindergarteners typically mark the occasion by creating collages of one hundred items. But did you know that the 100th day of school is also a time to celebrate the 1,000th day of school

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Using Calendly to Schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences

Setting up Parent-Teacher Conference appointments was always something that we would do at Back to School Night when we would meet the families in person. But last year, I taught the 100% virtual class and had not met any of the families in person. I looked into ways to set

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Labor Day Career Interview

While schools in my region typically only start after Labor Day, many schools in other parts of the country have been in session for weeks before September rolls around. We look forward to having a three-day weekend. But many people do not really think about what the holiday is truly

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Back to School Tips for Parents

Back in mid-March, the majority of schools around the world closed down to in-person learning and moved to some form of distance learning. Because it happened with little advance notice, many schools did not have systems in place to transition over to digital learning. Over the course of a few

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Free Websites for 5th Graders

Over the years, I had found several websites for 5th graders to use with my students when we would go to the computer lab, or when they used their Chromebooks in class. When we began remote learning from home a few months ago, I expanded the list to include many

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Back to School Surveys for Students and Parents Using Slides

As a 5th grade teacher, I have the benefit of knowing a little about my incoming students from hearing about them through discussions with the 4th-grade teachers. However, over the years I have found that other pieces of information are useful in understanding my new students better, and could save

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