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Ms LB
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United States - Illinois - Batavia
Ms LB
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"The person who can make hard things easy is the educator" - Ralph Waldo Emerson".
 
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Poetry Boot Camp is a fun way to go over some of the basic terms you use during a Poetry Unit. It is a basic note taking session, but the teacher...
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A NEW 100 POINTS PROJECT! My students enjoy having choices in their assignments. When doing a book project I like to give them just that. The 1...
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Take your pick allows students to select which activites they complete about the book they selected. It is recommended that students work on the ...
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This mini-book project/activity asks students to use quotes and information from the novel or story to draw a character from the story. Teaching ...
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This is a project for use after a classroom works with Lois Lowry's, The Giver. Students will work together to create a quilt sharing informatio...
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Looking for a simple way to change up your book reports? Try having your students create the movie for the book. Students will still work with wr...
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For this project students rewrite a story using poetry. After students have learned about Poetry and different forms of it I discuss how many wri...
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As part of teaching research skills as well as a way to incorporate news events that we do not get out of our book, I created the Birthday Projec...
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Looking for a way to assess if students know they 8 Parts of speech and how to locate them in their own writing? Use any writing they are doing a...
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Students will create a poster about a novel they have read. This project requires stduents to create at least 9 squares that cover different par...
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During students study of biography they will create a timeline that not only show thier subjects important events but also show their own history...
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Have your students grade the book they just read. For the report card students give the author a grade on: characters, plot, setting, themes, an...
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As an assessment for the different parts of the novel including plot and conflict I have my students make a soundtrack for a movie? With the rate...
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For this book report students put the basic elements of their novels (plot, setting, static & dynamic characters, conflict etc.) on a Magic Book....
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This is a short(14 question) introduction to the life and works of William Shakespeare. The answers can all be found on the websites listed on th...
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As a way to refresh my students minds about the 8 Parts of Speech I had them write down examples of each on a post-it note and place on the corre...
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This printable bookmark is meant to give readers some reminders and assignments about vocabulary, word choice and quotes. Activities are given fo...
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Teach reading and writing? Get a sneak peak at the start of the year of your student's feelings and concerns about these two things as well as a ...
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The Feelings Chart is a chart for students to record the different moments in a text when they experience emotion and than reflect on them after ...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I currently teach in a Middle School in Glendale Heights, Illinois. I have worked with students from all ability levels and ethnic backgrounds. For the last 4 years I have been working with 8th graders only teaching English and Social Studies. I created and taught an Introduction to Speech and Drama class as well. During my teaching I have worked with many different styles of teaching and had my schedule for teaching change often. Currently I teach 2 sections of ELA (English and Social Studies content combined) 2 hour long classes and 2 half hour classes (one a study hall and one a book club for reading) I also direct the school plays and musicals having put up successful productions of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Krazy Kamp and This is a Test. I also lead the Drama Club in fun Improv games and drama exercises each week. Recently the students performed a play I wrote for them, Caffeine Chaos.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Carefree and fun. I like to offer my students options whenever possible for projects. While I find quality tools in my textbooks I tend to veer away from the book often. I am working on having a much more student-center classroom. My students make a lot of the choices about what they learn. This year my English classes are using workshop time daily. I have an openng activity, a mini-lesson and than workshop time. Students are learning alot about time management during this time. I am getting a lot of time to work with small groups and re-teaching loops.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Having my students put so much work into the play I wrote for them was the best honor I could have recieved. The Chocolate Moon Goddess Cafe is my shining star teacher moment. Each year I run the cafe for one day and one day only..it is a special poetry reading day that I have got nothing, but amazing feedback on form students and staff.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a BA in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College (2000), with endorsements in Language Arts, Social Science and Middle School. I have a Master's in English Studies also from Elmhurst College (2004). I take part in at least one workshop each year outside of my district in order to experience what is new in the world of education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love creating new ideas and plans for my students. I think the best thing I can do is learn from them so I often am asking them about how they learn and what they would like to do before creating lessons.