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My name is Mary Peterson. I have over 35 years of experience as an elementary school teacher, professional development leader and creator of practical teaching resources to help teachers create joyful and successful classrooms. I have been a national

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  • Dec 31,19

    Card Games to Use in the Classroom

    Teaching students some of these good old fashion card games is almost like introducing them to a whole new world! Card games are fun and motivating, promote social interaction and are a very effective way to pr ...

  • Nov 04,19

    Why and How to Teach Phonics

    The latest report shows only 35% of fourth graders in the United States are proficient in reading.  I have been searching for articles answering this question; Why are so many of our students not reading? Many ...

  • Aug 04,19

    Getting-Acquainted Classroom Games

    A perfect way to begin the school year is to play some active and fun getting-acquainted games. Here are some of my favorites: Snowball Partners – Get enough sheets of plain white paper for each student. ...