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# Posts by Donnalyn Yates

## Teaching Supplies at a Discount!

I was impressed with this bundle of books from Knowledge Box Central. It’s a bundle of teaching tools on Money and Math, a value of \$35.00 on sale now for \$8.99! There’s a great blog about How to Talk to Kids About Money. What I like about this bundle is the span of grades it covers,…

## Dividing Fractions and Other Memory Tips

I found this clever video to help students remember the order of operations for dividing fractions. It uses the “Keep, Change, Flip” mnemonic to teach students how to divide fractions. Keep the first fraction the same. Change the division sign to multiplication.  Flip the second fraction over, then solve it the same way as a…

## Thought for the Day, 365 writing prompts for students

When I was teaching in the elementary grades, I used quotations and sayings as a writing prompt every day. I began each morning with a positive and challenging thought. After I retired, I wanted to share these writing prompts with teachers and parents, to use with their children. I organized them using a different character-building theme…

## Family Card Games to Improve Math Skills

My family LOVES to play cards. I grew up playing games and so did my brother and sister and all of my cousins. We always say we have the “card gene.”  As children, we had to know that 4 + 8 = 12 or 9 + 5 = 14 or we’d lose the game! Memorizing…

## Children with Learning Disabilities Need Mnemonics

I know for a fact that mnemonics make a difference in children with learning disabilities. But when researchers like Scruggs and Mastropieri say it is a proven fact, we’d better sit up and take notice. Thomas E. Scruggs, PhD and Margo Mastropieri, PhD, (Professors of Special Education in the Department of Educational Studies, Purdue University)…

## Mindfulness in a Device Distracted World

See more pictures of the book, Sidewalk Flowers. I subscribe to Brain Pickings Weekly which is an informative and inspirational email I receive each week. It is put out by Maria Popova, a well known writer, and this is what she says in her “about” page ” Brain Pickings is my one-woman labor of love…

## The Marble Jar – Positive Classroom Management

Giving students rewards for good behavior far out-weighs the negative approach. The first year I taught,  there was chaos in my classroom. I tried writing names on the board of those who were disruptive, and that didn’t work.   I tried every classroom management trick I could think of but they were all negative and…

## Using Comics to Visualize and Remember

Using Comics to Visualize and Remember I don’t know if you are like me but I love to learn new things. I’ve been reading some wonderful articles about the STEM and STEAM programs but when I have a lot to do (which is always), I begin to zone-out with all the educational jargon. Just give…