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Deborah Aughey
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Hi Deborah,

Quick Question: I purchased your Benjamin Button download (I looks really good!). My question is whether you have it in another format (Word, Pages, etc.) so that I can edit it it - meaning I would like to send the story to my students with out all of the activities attached. I am not able to do that with the pdf file.

Thank you in advance
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Hi. Send your email to deborah.aughey@gmail.com and I can send you the word doc. Thanks for asking. Debbie
January 30, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Susan C.
I love the Podcast Book Talk Project that you created. When I clicked on the link mentioned in the product description, I can only find examples of Art Talks:
Book Talks http://93565.podomatic.com
Would you be so kind as to share with me some samples of your students' Book Talk Podcasts? Thanks!
January 24, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Reading by the Standard 9-10 (ELA Common Core)
Do you have a rubric that you use to grade this project? If so is it available on this site or would you be willing to email it to me? Patriciafrazier@lcboe.net or penelope3124@yahoo.com
January 9, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Hi! I just purchased The Newspaper Weekly Assignments and Rubric and would love to have the word doc. Thanks so much! Pam
gleichp@gmail.com
October 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
No problem! Debbie
October 4, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Hi. Do you have an answer key for the Hoop Dreams viewing guide? Thanks!
October 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Hi-Unfortunately, no. I created the Hoop Dream questions in the 90s and the original was on a floppy disk. LOL. We found the questions in the file cabinet and re-typed them to post them. Debbie
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Buyer re: Practice with Close Reading- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hi, I teach 10-12th grade special Ed. My students range from a 7-9th grade levels, would your packet be to hard for them?
September 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Hi- great question! I don't think it would be. My son's 9th grade class is reading TFIOS and his teacher bought the packet from me. He enjoyed the class discussions and extension activities from the questions. It was a bit strange seeing him do homework with my copyright on it! If you purchase the item, email me at: deborah.aughey@gmail.com I can send you the Word doc and you would be able to edit the questions to differentiate if you felt the wording needed to be adjusted for your students. Debbie
September 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Reading by the Standard 11-12 (ELA Common Core)
I purchased the Reading my the Standard 9 -10 packet that you did. I teach both 10th and 12th grade English, and I'm wondering if this packet is much different from the one I already have.

Thanks for putting together such great materials and making them available! I love your work.
May 5, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Hi- I'm grading research papers so I just saw your comment.:)

The standards for 11th and 12th are slightly different and expanded so I made the 11th and 12th assignments more sophisticated. They need to add something, complete a different task or do more to achieve mastery of the standard.

I really appreciate the comment. After reviewing a paper that took more than 40 minutes to edit and add motivating comments without killing the spirit of the student, I needed a pick me up!

Debbie
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Taryn S. re: Journal or Blog- Romanticism and Transcendentalism Topics
I was wondering how you scored the journals. I just collected them from students and am having a hard time scoring the bad ones. Some of them clearly put a lot of thought into them and others seem to have hastily thrown them together the day before the due date, but obviously I can't prove that.

Do you have a rubric you used?
February 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Hi-

Here is an idea of how I would grade it.
A top score is a "5" or an A+.
A 4.8 is an A.
A 4.5 is an A-.
A 4 would be a B.
A 3.7 would be a C.
A 3.5 would be a D and a 3.4 would be an F.
If the entry is missing, the student earns a 0 on that entry.
When I count up the points, I round up.

Here is the rubric:
*Focus on Topic (Content) - Comprehensive, complete and creative. Main idea stands out and is supported by detailed information.

*Flow and Rhythm (Sentence Fluency) - All sentences sound natural and are easy-on-the-ear when read aloud. Each sentence is clear and has an obvious emphasis. Student selected diction appropriate to the writing task.

*Grammar and Spelling (Conventions) - Writer makes no errors in syntax (grammar, spelling, punctuation and sentence structure) that distracts the reader from the content. All names have been double-checked for correct attribution.

*Transitions and Conclusion (Organization) - A variety of thoughtful transitions is used. They clearly show how ideas are connected. The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader with a feeling that he or she understands what the writer is "getting at."

*Media- The photos, videos, embedded media and graphics are attractive, creative and appropriate. The work is original or cited appropriately (with permission) and adds to the accompanying blog entry.
February 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Hi! What's the Flipped Classroom?
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Great question. In the English classroom, it is a bit different than in other classes. It also depends on how much technology the students have access to at home and in their communities.
I have a lab on my floor and 32 laptops on carts. Thus, students can use desk top and laptop computers 1-2 times per week. Most students have a cell phone or a SMARTphone. Seventy percent of our school takes free or reduced lunch. Without our IB program that buses kids in from all over the county, we would be a Title 1 school. I am mindful that all students do not have technology access all the time so I provide phone tutorials, before and after school help and I open the lab early so students can post assignments and view resources.
A Flipped Classroom model started with Math and Science classrooms in wealthier areas of the nation. The idea was to flip the homework to the school setting and post lectures and instruction on blogs or e-learning spaces so students could access them 24/7.
I use Edmodo and post all handouts, PowerPoints, videos, tutorials, etc. there. Edmodo even has stats for the individual student (how frequent he or she is logging in and what is being accessed.) so I adjust resources as needed. A typical day is an opening where I go over the agenda and some whole class instruction (15 minutes max), then a work session (an hour) where students work on reading text or writing together or alone, then a closing where we recap key points of the lesson. When students are working together, I pull them aside to do one on one conferences. It is certainly less teacher-driven. For readings, I offer lots of choice. Most lessons have a problem-solving element so text (informational and literary) is read with a purpose in mind rather than on a timeline or to support the canon.
February 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Joshua Dantzler  (TpT Seller) re: Newspaper Weekly Assignment Plan and Rubric
Hi Mrs.Aughey ,
This Is my first year teaching and my first year teaching Journalism/yearbook. I just got hired this January due to teacher before me leaving.Journalism and yearbook are really new for me. I have really been searching the interent for things to with my kids but no luck .I was hoping that you could really help me .These last couple of weeks have been very stressful. I haven't recieved my first pay check yet so I have been scrambleing around trying to find anything and everything. It would really be helpful if you could send any workseets,lessons,and activites or even give any suggestions . My princiapl has already warned me that people from our district are going to be coming and observing me . So any asistance is grately appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Mr. Dantzler
January 26, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
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Contact me at deborah.aughey@gmail.com I can send you some of my lessons and handouts! Check into my.hsj.org to get a free online newspaper site. It is super easy to set up. Each kid can get a separate log in but you control what gets published. Make sure to apply for a free fellowship from the American Society of News Editors http://www.hsj.org/teachers/index.cfm?requestAction=goMenuContent&CmsPagesID=3&menu_id=6 I went in 2009 and it was the best professional development I ever received. Debbie
February 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Viewing Guide for the film "Walkout"
Do you include the answer key?
October 21, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Not for this one. I used this in Multicultural literature a few years back and saw it on one of my flashdrives. Most of my film guides do, however. Debbie
November 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: American Literature Common Core Standards Checklist in MS Word
Is this document only the reading literature standards for 11-12? Do you also have the other areas (reading informational, writing, language, speaking & listening)? And do you have it for grades 9-10?
October 9, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Yes, I purchased Practice with the Argument scenarios. I'd appreciate getting it through
email.
August 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Hi Cancilla-

Paul has the upload files feature turned off for the sale. Would you be able to provide an email for me so I can you send Practice with the Argument scenarios? I can't wait for you to try it out. As soon as the upload feature is working again, I will re-upload the file. Again, thanks for notifying me! Debbie
August 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Practice with the Argument- Scenarios
This link downloads your autoblography instead
August 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Hi-

Thanks for telling me. I will resolve this immediately. I really appreciate it. If you purchased Practice with the Argument- Scenarios, I can email it to you.

Debbie
August 12, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Krystal Mills
Krystal Mills  (TpT Seller)
Hi Deborah! I saw that you've joined up with The Lesson Cloud and here on TPT. I teach Grade 7 and am on TPT, TLC etc... as well. I'm having a HUGE middle years Back To School giveaway/blog hop near the end of August with a fellow middle years blogger/TPT'er. We've got 22+ bloggers/TPT'er all participating so far(all middle years - grade 4-8). I know that you're middle years too - so we'd love to have you join in, if you'd like! People so far have donated items from their stores, shopping sprees - whatever you like, really. In return - hopefully you'll get lots of followers, traffic and views to your TPT store (and blog if you have one.) For the fields in the form that may not apply to you - just fill in "doesn't apply" or provide alternate info...if you don't have a blog, but you're on Twitter - feel free to put that info...for example. Here's the link to participate!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGJNMHJHVU5FX0lwV2hyRXVzWno1UUE6MQ#gid=0

You can find me on TPT at: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Krystal-Mills

My blog: www.lessonsfromthemidddle.com

Hope you're having a great summer!

Krystal
July 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Ruth S.  (TpT Seller)
Debbie Is it possible that you sign up for Facebook? We have a great group of TpT sellers and Kristen Bower, who's an administrator of the Lesson Cloud FaceBook page said that she'd like you to join us. We're all authors on the Lesson Cloud. We post our products there and link them back to our TpT stores. Take a look at the website. We have all grade levels represented there and if you join up, you can post your products on the page and be an author. If you click on Meet the Authors, you'll see all of our blogs that people can click on. Mine is on the right hand side.. Teacher Park. Here's the URL...http://www.thelessoncloud.com/ Being an author doesn't mean you have to write long blog entries. It mostly means you are allowed to post your products there.. Everyone asked me to tell you they like your TpT store but you have to raise your prices.We've all been selling so long that we know that lower prices don't encourage sales... :)
Let me know ok?
Ruth
July 7, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Ruth S.  (TpT Seller) re: Viewing Guide TED Talks- Dan Meyer "Math Needs a Makeover"
Scipi I'm so glad you gave Debbie those wonderful hints!! Scipi is the BEST! I learned a lot from her when I was new on TpT. By the way, Debbie, I followed you on Pinterest and pinned two of your products to "HighSchoolHerd" where I have pinning rights. It's a collaborative board of high school teachers from TpT so any time you want one pinned on that board, let me know and I can do it for you. A few of the TpT teachers from the Facebook page took a look at your products and really like them. They did say that you should increase your prices. There's a guide that Rachel Lynette created that has suggestions of how much to sell things for. I'll look for it and give you the site so you can see what people are charging. Don't underprice your products. You deserve more for them. I sell more higher priced products than the less expensive ones. Have a great weekend :)
Ruth
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Scipi  (TpT Seller) re: Viewing Guide TED Talks- Brian Cox on CERN's Supercollider
I saw your Ruth's posting on the Lesson Cloud Facebook page; so, I thought I would look at your freebie. I also teach math, now on the college level, but I did middle school for several years. Since you are new here are a few suggestions that might help you to better market your products.

Add a second page which is a directions or suggestions page. List several ways you use this product in your classroom. Never assume that a buyer knows how, why, or when to use your product. 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.

It is important that we see what others are doing; so, feel free to look at any or all of my freebies listed below to gather some ideas. If you care to, a rating or any feedback you might have would be great.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Trash-to-Treasure-FREE-Activities-Lessons-Using-Recycled-Items

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dots-Fun-for-Everyone-FREE-Activities-Game-that-Uses-DominoesI

am now your 13th follower, and hope you will reciprocate at my store as well. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/SciPi/Products Also, here is my Pinterest account: http://pinterest.com/scipi/ You might find some math items there that you can use.

Welcome to TPT, and good luck with selling!
July 6, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Deborah Aughey  (TpT Seller)
Hi Scipi-
I really appreciate your feedback
Ruth has been an angel and I have learned so much- little tweaks to make my curriculum so much better.
I went back to my free one and immediately put in page numbers and a copyright sign. Since I am new, I really had not thought of that. The idea that something that I or anyone else on TpT worked so hard to craft could be sold on another website under someone else’s name is horrible. I do not mind sharing my material with friends but blatant theft is terrible. Wow!
I followed you on Pinterest and also followed you on TpT. I downloaded your recycled treasures lesson, too. This helped me visualize how you do the copyright sign. I also really liked your idea of the clothespins. I think I am going to use that for oral presentations this year. I’m thinking that my students can move the clothes pins as they go then I will have a daily visual count of who still needs to present.
Any other tips, links, ideas or networking advice is sincerely appreciated. I am thrilled to be a part of TpT. What an inspired idea.
Debbie
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Ruth S.
Ruth S.  (TpT Seller)
Hi Debbie, I tried replying to your note about your sister and you loving science but it wouldn't let me. I think that's only when I download a free product. You get one reply only. Here in the Q/A area, TpT teachers can chat back and forth although it's probably really not for that.
I just left a comment on your blog.. What an interesting life you've lead!
Here's my Pinterest account http://pinterest.com/ruthspe/ You'll see the number of followers I have and you won't believe the business it's generated on TpT. Amazing!
I have a Twitter account but haven't really figured it out yet. I have tons of people following me... I have to get on Twitter. I can't find you on Pinterest, but if you follow me, I'll see you. I use blogger because it's user friendly. A friend of mine gave me a birthday gift which was to have a blog designer design my blog for me. Designing it myself was easy but I couldn't resist her gift. I'll pass your TpT store and Pinterest, etc. accounts along. We middle and high school teachers have an advantage on TpT. There are MANY primary teachers competing so I'm glad I'm not in that market. I'm also an author on several blogs.. Lesson Cloud, Connect-A- Blog, Classroom Freebies and Teacher2Teacher where I post book reviews. Connect A Blog is WordPress and it's been a challenge but I'm getting the hang of it. If you have Facebook, Paul put a TpT page up and it generates a lot of sales. I can invite you into some of the private rooms we have on FB where we network. Sorry this is a rambling note! It's late and I have to finish a press release for a candidate whose team I'm working with for the election this year.
Have a great day!
Ruth
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my 23rd year teaching. My husband (also an AP English teacher) and I launched our first son into college this summer. I teach AP English Language and newspaper journalism. Each instructional experience has helped me grow as a teacher- US Peace Corps; Togo (West Africa), inner city Miami, suburban Seattle, ESL in Korea, international school in Colombia, school of choice Miami, Florida Virtual School and now, suburban Atlanta. I love to read and write with my students. I am currently fascinated by the Flipped Classroom movement. Friends have asked, "Why all the TED Talks?" First, I love them and have been an avid TED Talks podcast subscriber for several years. Making viewing guides gives me an opportunity to re-watch some of my favorites and write curriculum to support some of the most inspiring and interesting web-based presentations in the modern world. I think about which ones I would use in the classroom, what my teaching colleagues would use or what I would like my students and my own children to view in their classrooms. Send me your viewing guide suggestions! Follow me on Twitter @dlaughey and Pinterest http://pinterest.com/dlaughey/

MY TEACHING STYLE

Constructivist, Culturally Relevant, Flipped Classroom, Technology Infused, Tiered Instruction, Choice, Teacher as Facilitator, Reciprocal Teaching

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

NBCT ELA AYA, 2001-present; NBCT Renewed 2012; Grant Recipient, 2010; American Society of News Editors (ASNE) Journalism Fellowship- Arizona State University, 2009; Miami-Dade inclusion TOY, runner up, 2001; Decatur High School Spirit of Giving TOY Award,1993 Publications- Columnist; Technology in the classroom: A Teacher’s Experience; SEEN Magazine http://seenmagazine.us/articles/article-detail/articleid/1795/technology-in-the-classroom.aspx "Mel." Inner Lives: Women Writers Explore Their Identity, Expression and Transformation. 1st ed. Vol. 1. Atlanta: BookLogix Services, 2011. 178-81. Print.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Enrolled in doctoral program, Kennesaw State University; MS Urban Education: Instructional Technology, Florida International University; BA English and English Education, Florida State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Workshop Presenter (school, district and state level) 2000- present; International School Teacher- Cartagena, Colombia 1996-1997; ESL Teacher- Pusan, South Korea 1995-1996; US Peace Corps Volunteer- Togo, West Africa