About Me

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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Guided Reading: DIFFERENTIATING Reading Instruction Using Small Groups (Grades 3-6)
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Latest Blog Posts
  • Nov 25,18

    Using Pictures for Creative Writing Prompts

    Pictures tell a story and are ideal to use as writing prompts to help generate ideas, promote creativity and encourage thoughtful expression. The picture might be a personal photograph, famous artwork, magazine ...

  • Oct 27,18

    5 Most Important Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies

    “The cultural competence of the adults is intimately connected to the achievement of students.” – Gary R. Howard. Culture is what makes our families special. Culture is language, traditions, b ...

  • Oct 17,18

    Writing About Math

    Writing about math greatly enhances mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills.  When students write in math class they expand their knowledge and better understand and retain math skills. Writing in m ...