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This is a complete five/six week unit full of experiments and activities to teach about the basic concepts of force and motion - particularly pus...
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This is a complete five/six week unit full of experiments and activities to teach about living and nonliving things AND what living things need t...
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This is a set of mentor texts to be used when teaching a "how to" books writing unit. It is difficult to find mentor texts in the library that r...
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This is a complete package of paper designed to accompany a "how to" writing unit for young writers. Each paper has a checklist included right on...
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This guide is a companion to the new writing units on opinion writing for the early grades. You will receive a guide to using checklists with yo...
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This is a five day planning form that has been adapted to suit the kindergarten classroom. It helps you take a favorite shared reading text and ...
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This unit is designed to provide you with everything you need to introduce the concepts of the inquiry process to young learners. You will find ...
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This system takes the typical behavior clip chart and turns it on its head. Instead of teachers judging student behavior, students AND teachers ...
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This is a complete package of paper designed to accompany a small moments writing unit for young writers. Each paper has a checklist included ri...
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This is an oral story paired with traditional yoga moves. Not only will students develop their ability to visualize a story told aloud, but they...
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This is a set of forms used to guide planning for useful and appropriate guided reading groups. You will receive a tracking form to record when ...
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This is a phonics alphabet that is printable to be used as the class alphabet chart. Each letter is on its own page, so you can organize the alp...
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This is a complete package of paper designed to accompany a personal narrative writing unit for young writers. Each paper has a checklist includ...
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This is a set of six hand drawn booklets that provide familiar and attainable mentor texts for teaching beginning, middle, and end. You will rec...
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This is everything you need to run a wildly successful early childhood 100th Day of School celebration. All activities, materials, and instructio...
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This is a complete poetry unit designed to be used within the framework of reading workshop. You will receive ten lessons with all stages of wor...
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This is a set of whole class forms that is designed to be used with letter and sound identification assessments and a concepts about print assess...
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This is an oral story paired with traditional yoga moves. Not only will students develop their ability to visualize a story told aloud, but they ...
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This is a book to be used for independent reading practice. It supports both reading and science curriculum. Students practice identifying livi...
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Buyer re: Alphabet Anchor Chart For Writing Folder - with REAL Images & Long Vowel Sounds
Can you make this available as 3" cards (for word wall labels in my small room!)
March 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Are you wanting each letter as a card, or the whole chart?
March 7, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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How can I use your material at home since my child is on the dreaded clip program (in Kindergarten) at school for behavior? Also, the books you recommend, are they beneficial for a parent to read? How can I find a school that teaches like you? LOL!

Thank you!!!
February 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Oh my - thanks for the kind words! I think the conversations and discussions you have with your child at home about their feelings about learning and school are very important. Even though the clip program is in place, you can explain that is a system that is being used to try to keep the class calm and focused. While we know that it is certainly not the best way to do it, I think it will help if your child views it in a non threatening way. Then have discussions at home about the parts of the day, and how they felt (focused, proud, distracted, confused, etc). If you had good talks, then you can share that info with the teacher. Say, "I am excited about something I am doing with ____ at home!"... And yes, I think the books would be very helpful for a parent as well. Take care!
February 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Sarah H. re: Clip Charts for Self Assessment of Learning and Emotions
Hi! I love this system. As an inner city/upper elementary teacher, is there any way you could make a version with "big kid" pictures? I also was sad to see that the only two black boys who are pictured are associated with negative emotions-- "silly" and "wiggly." I'd love to see less stereotypes with those. Again, I LOVE your chart system, and I think the idea is incredible... please don't take this as criticism, just a (hopefully) humble request. Thank you for making this!
January 20, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi - Thanks for the thoughts! I can definitely work on a "big kid" look, and I completely understand your thoughts for the black children. It was honestly unintentional - simply an effort to find the clearest representation of the emotion or feeling that I can. I will certainly keep this in mind, though. Thank you!
January 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Hi Karen,

I purchased your: Clip Charts for Self Assessment of Learning and Emotions package and I really love it. I was wondering if you have the individual child emotions pictures in a larger format so that I could use them as flashcards for my little Grade One students. During circle time this would be very helpful. Thanks so much!
November 28, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi - So sorry for the delay! I can absolutely do that. I will write again when it is finished.
January 21, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Laura Gossman  (TpT Seller) re: Clip Charts for Self Assessment of Learning and Emotions
Hello! You rock by the way!!! So do the kiddos keep their charts with them? Do you have them take them with them on times that they are out of the room?
Thanks again!!!!
November 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Thank you! I have not had them take them with them. This year I have been using pencil boxes, and I have the charts inside the pencil boxes. That way that have easy access, but they are not publicly displayed, which I like. There are certainly more ways to do it though. Let me know how it goes. :)
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I need the answer key for this I can't get it can u just send me the link of that please http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Romeo-and-Juliet-Act-II-Crossword-Puzzle-311847
November 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi! You have contacted the wrong seller. That is not one of my products. Best of luck!
November 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Krista V.
I am able to edit on a MAC! Thanks!
November 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Krista, email me. I am thinking if you send me the Spanish text I can insert it for you. langdon.karen@gmail.com Thanks!
November 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Krista V.
Hi,
I recently bought your Clip Charts for Self Assessment and would like to translate it into Spanish for my immersion classroom. Would you be able to send me an editable version that would allow me to change the text so I can use the same pictures that you have? Thanks for creating such a great product that goes beyond the traditional approach to management!

Krista Vanderzee
kvanderzee@grcs.org
November 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi! Do you use a PC or a MAC? I create my products on a MAC, so that is the only way they can be edited. Let me know!
November 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Force and Motion Science Unit for Early Elementary
Do you think that this unit would be too easy for second grade?
October 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
I tried to offer options within the unit in order to be able to differentiate. In that way, you could easily do the activities with second graders, and use the "extension" versions. While I do not personally teach second grade, I have had very positive reviews for this unit from second grade customers. Hope that helps!
October 17, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Kathleen A. re: Clip Charts for Self Assessment of Learning and Emotions
Hello, I am very interested in your practical and visually appealing materials. I wonder, with regard to the Emotions self-assess, would it be possible to simplify the descriptions? I appreciate how thorough they are; however, for Littles who also have focus issues, I feel it will be too much for them. Just a thought...thank you for your great work.
July 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi! For each chart I have two versions - one version has a longer description, and the other version is one word. I agree with you completely, and I wanted everyone to have a choice. For example, on one chart it says, "I enjoyed my work. I worked hard, had fun, and now I am proud of what I did!" On the simpler version it just says, "Proud." That way teachers can choose the option that is best for their students. On the emotions chart all descriptions are one word (tired, lonely, silly, etc). Does this answer your question, or were you looking for something else?
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Buyer re: Force and Motion Science Unit for Early Elementary
Love the experiments and activites. Just a few ?? regarding materials as I want to get everything ready for the fall.
1. Marble Construction Set--are there benefits to the set being transparent?
2. Dimensions for the ramps? Is the same ramp used for 3D Objects/Friction on a Ramp/Mr. Egg Goes for a Ride.
Thanks
June 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Thanks! 1. My marble construction set is not transparent, and we have had no problems. That being said, I could understand how the kids would enjoy watching the marble go through a transparent set. I would recommend going for something inexpensive. The kids will understand the concepts either way.

2. I use blocks that I have in my classroom to set up the ramps. For Mr. Egg it is a board that is about 3 feet long and six inches wide. Be sure to put rails on the sides (wrapping paper tubes taped on work well.) I don't use the same ramp for the friction experiment, just because I like to keep the Mr. Egg ramp, with tubes, ready for year to year. The friction ramp can be much shorter. A foot and a half by two feet is perfect.

Let me know if you have more questions! Enjoy.
June 16, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
The chains that you hang from the ceiling to hold your table center 3D shapes that you show in your Time Savers Guide?
April 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
I actually just use yarn to do that. It was hard to show in the picture, so I used a thin chain as a graphic, but I find that yarn attached to a paper clip works wonderfully!
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Buyer re: Time Savers Guide - Easy Ideas with Little or No Effort on Your Part!
Where do you get the chains?
April 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Can you tell me what chains you are referring to? Thanks!
April 14, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Mentor Texts for Teaching Beginning, Middle, and End
Are all the pages in color? I would love black and white options.
Thanks!
March 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
The pages are all in color. However, you can select to print in grayscale when printing, and you can get everything in black and white. I just tried it at home, and it looks great!
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Buyer re: St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt - Reinforces Curriculum and is Fun!
This is much cuter than my hand written clues. Is there one clue a day for a week or ? do you mind to email me & tell me which places in the school the clues are for? We are a small parochial school & don't have an art room, band room, etc. (some of the places I've seen clues for) Thanks....very intriguing! smskdg@hotmail.com
March 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
I actually do all the clues in one morning. There is a build up with the leprechaun over the course of a couple of days, but the actual treasure hunt all happens in under an hour. The packet includes all instructions for all stages.

As for the clues, you have two options. The pre-printed ones have these locations:
cafeteria
computer lab
art room
nurse's office
lost and found
recess doors
main office
gym
guided reading library
mail room

I also have a page where the clues look exactly the same except I left the location blank. That way the only thing you would write in would be the location. I also have planning sheets included to help with this. I tried to make it as adaptable as possible to fit your needs!
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Buyer re: Force and Motion Science Unit for Early Elementary
This unit is rated K-1. Our new 2nd grade standards deal with Force and Motion.
Have you had any feedback from teachers in 2nd using the unit?

Thanks,
Barbara
February 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
I have had one user specifically mention using it with second graders successfully. Much of my feedback does not specify grades, so it is hard to say what grades they are using it with. However, I do try to differentiate the unit within the experiments so you could elevate it. It is really up to you!
February 24, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Guided Reading Tracking and Planning Forms
Hi, Are your forms editable? As in, can I type my children's names in, or do I have to write them in by hand?

Thanks!

Kim
January 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi! The guided reading forms are a PDF, so you would need to write names in by hand. I have assessment forms (a different product), that are editable, but these are not. Thanks!

Karen
January 12, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Laurie Foote  (TpT Seller) re: Force and Motion Science Unit for Early Elementary
Super...I posted a picture of the unit and linked to your store. My blog is chickadeejubilee.blogspot.com
January 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Thanks so much! I did a shout back to you on my blog, so hopefully you will get some visitors. I used a screen shot of your blog title, and linked back to your post. Thanks again! Here is the link: http://www.teachingace.com/chickadee-jubilee-and-force-and-motion/
January 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Laurie Foote  (TpT Seller) re: Force and Motion Science Unit for Early Elementary
Thank you for this brilliant unit! We had SO much fun today. I had the Mouse Trap plan in the back of my head and was going to create a record sheet from scratch...you did the hard work for me. Do you mind if I add screenshot of the Mouse Trap page, when I blog about it?

Thanks,
Laurie
jubileerae@gmail.com
January 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
I am so glad that you guys enjoyed it! I don't mind at all if you add a screen shot. I would love a link back to my store if you mention the unit specifically. What is your blog? I would love to read it and link to you from my blog. Thanks so much!

Karen
January 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Special Education - Peggy Simpson
Loved your letter today! Thanks for being so awesome! Peg ;8)
January 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Oh thank you! What a nice thing to read. :) Happy New Year!

Karen
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Diana M.
Hi Karen,
I teach at Detroit Country Day and was wondering if I could shadow you for one day? I teach elemenatry science and love your materials. I was hoping to see what you do first hand.
Many thanks. Keep up the good work!
Diana Matthews
(248) 709-0307 (cell)
October 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi! That would be great! You are more than welcome. However, much of our science work (that utilizes the materials in my store) takes place in the second half of the year (starting January). You would get the best vision of how things look in my classroom then. Does that still interest you?
October 5, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Living and Nonliving Things / What Living Things Need Unit
Can this unit be used on the smartboard......like the chart for the experiment on what plants need to survive?
September 24, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I suppose it depends on how you want to use it. Any document can be projected on the SMART board, so you could open the PDF and have it showing on the board. The unit as it stands is not an interactive whiteboard lesson, so I don't think you could record data in it and save it. Does this answer your question?
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Jacqueline W. re: Shared Reading Five Day Planning Form For Kindergarten!
I have a question about your shared reading 5 day plan. Do you do this with every book you read? Or maybe you pick a special book to do this with and just read other stories once?
August 16, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
I definitely do not do this with every book I read. Shared reading is one component of balanced literacy. So for read alouds, I might do a read aloud with accountable talk (discussion afterwords), or just a read aloud for fun.

Shared reading is a different component. It requires a more in depth look. The idea is that ALL students have a copy themselves, or access to a large copy (big book, SMARTboard copy, etc) so they can participate in the reading. It is a way of leveling the playing field and then focusing on certain features.

In the beginning of the year (Sept through late Nov) I do about one shared reading text each week. In ADDITION, I do lots of read alouds, reading lessons, etc). Shared reading does not play as big a role in the second half of the year. Then I focus more on comprehension and reading strategies. Hope this helps!
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Ruth S. re: Phonics Alphabet With Real Images - No Clip Art!
Would it be possible for you to make a set with the writing lines on each letter? I teach kindergarten and my little ones need to see the line spacing for each letter to see how they should be correctly formed. I really like the real pictures used instead of clipart. Thanks.
August 3, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Karen Langdon
Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi! I finished the alphabet with handwriting lines. It is available in my store!
August 3, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer
Hi,
I just downloaded the "how to" and it wasn't exactly what I was looking for but maybe you can help :) Did you create the paper? That was what I thought I was getting. I thought it would be examples and blank paper - my mistake. Do you have any idea where to get the paper that you had electronically so that I can have students import the pictures of their steps. Thanks,
Gina Smith
May 17, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Hi Gina! I just checked my transactions, and it looks like you purchased the "How To Mentor Texts" packet. I do have another product that is the "How To" unit that includes the blank paper. I did create the paper, so this other unit includes pictures for an anchor chart, a pacing guide, blank writing pages, and another sample text. The kids won't be able to import pictures into this document, but they can draw or glue pictures on the paper. This is a link to that product.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-To-Books-Writing-Paper-Using-Checklists-Common-Core

Please let me know if this does not answer your question. I hope it helps!

Karen
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Scipi  (TpT Seller) re: Writing For Readers Writing Workshop Paper - Using Checklists!
I saw your posting on the Sellers Forum page of Teachers Pay Teachers; so, I thought I would look at your freebie. You have a high quality product that you might want Paul to feature in the Sunday newsletter. Just go to your dashboard and look for the green checkmark for submitting a product (under the first group of listings).

I do have a couple suggestions that might help you to better market your products. Use the footer to put the copyright symbol, your name and date of creation on EVERY page. Items, especially free ones, have been "stolen" from TPT and posted on other sites to be sold. You have to protect all of your creations. Also, number your pages.

I realize you don't teach math, but I enjoy reading input from a variety of teacherss. If you have time, I’d appreciate your input on one my freebies listed below.

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I am now your 6th follower, and hope you will reciprocate at my store as well. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/SciPi/Products

Welcome to TPT, and good luck with selling!
March 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Karen Langdon  (TpT Seller)
Thank you so much for the feedback and thought out response. I will ABSOLUTELY use your advice and add the copyright information and page numbers. I will also check out your products as well and get back to you!
March 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been working with young children since I was sixteen years old, and was a counselor in training at summer camp. After seven years counseling, directing, teaching,and organizing camping and outdoor education programs, I began pursuing my teaching certification. I interned and worked at a Head Start, a daycare, and a Reggio Emilia based child development center with young children, all before finding my home as a kindergarten teacher for the public school system. I have now had the honor and privilege of teaching kindergartners for six years, and each year has brought more adventures, learning, and joy!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in a classroom that honors children where they are, and teaches them to be the best people they can be as they grow. I am energetic and creative, and use lots of songs, music, games, and hands on experiments and activities in my classroom. I am also passionate about workshop teaching, using both writing and reading workshops in my class to meet students exactly where they are and help them to move forward. Most of all, I believe that teachers need to connect with their students in order to inspire their learning and growth.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Phi Beta Kappa Nominated for Teacher of the Year - 2011

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelors Degree in Psychology and French from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Study abroad in St. Malo, France Study abroad in Strasbourg, France MA of Arts in Education, University of Michigan, Flint

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to being a passionate teacher, I am an avid traveler. I believe in sharing these experiences with my students, opening the world up to them through my stories. Please visit mt blog here: http://www.teachingace.com/blog-2/