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Ruth S.
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United States - Connecticut - Northford
Ruth S.
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"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn".
 
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This is one of my MOST popular products and has been for over five years! There are sixty activities, five per card that can be used with any bo...
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This handy chart is a great way to reinforce figurative language terms and definitions. Have your students keep this as a reference during writin...
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Best Seller! Do you have students who just don't like to write poetry? These 27 Poetry Activity Task Cards can be used to create poetry packets, ...
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Best seller! Looking for a new type of book report that will motivate your students to work for extra bonus points? Use these ready to print tr...
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This is one of my best sellers! Perfect packet to align with the Common Core! Students who write narrative stories in primary grades often need ...
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This packet of ready to print student worksheets is a great resource that can be used year to year. Use them to teach and reinforce figurative la...
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Stopping by Woods by Robert Frost. Being a Native New Englander, I always look forward to reading and interpreting this poem each year with my st...
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My Common Core Standard Reading Figurative Language worksheets can be used with any story or book! There are three worksheets one for similes, o...
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Fun! This is a real hit with kids and one of my best sellers! Play some Beatles tunes prior to giving your students these lyrics. They have to ...
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Have you noticed that your students sometimes do not know how to spell the plural forms of nouns? This 10 page packet includes: one student refe...
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Doesn't it seem like creativity in the classroom, is on the back burner these days? I, for one, encourage my students to use their imaginations a...
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Snowball Synonyms is a fun, hands on craftivity project! Students cut and paste the synonyms on snowballs, then write sentences using some of the...
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Display these colorful question signs in your classroom. Signs include: WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHERE, WHEN and HOW There is also one sign with the word...
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Display these colorful CC ELA informational text posters with an animal theme as you teach and review informational text. Print them on stock pap...
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Keep creativity alive in the classroom! It's important to provide our students with creative writing activities. Teaching to the test takes up a ...
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Great graphic organizers to help your students organize their ideas! Take a stroll over to my blog, Teacher Park, where you'll find more teachin...
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Would you like some prompts or discussion starters that students relate to? Do you have reluctant writers who say they don't like to write? These...
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Run weekly contests using these synonyms, homonyms, antonyms task cards. This is a valuable enrichment activity for word structure. Complete inst...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been an elementary and middle school teacher for over 25 years in Connecticut. I also served on the Weekly Reader National Teacher Advisory Board as the Connecticut State Rep and appeared on "Good Morning, America" in 1993, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Weekly Reader. I worked closely with the other state representatives and Weekly Reader's editorial, graphic arts and marketing departments. I was a NASA/Lockheed Martin Mission Systems "Student Signatures in Space" teacher for ten years. My students, Board of Ed, staff and others signed NASA posters that accompanied astronauts during space missions aboard the space shuttles. One of the posters was signed by all students in our school, teachers, parents and the Board of Ed. It returned from space, and was hung in the school's Media Center.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that learning must be a personal and exciting experience for students. I have fun teaching and believe that humor is an essential part of the classroom. A teacher must be able to laugh at herself and with her students. I'm a firm believer in Gardner's "Multiple Intelligences" theory that all children have different strengths and learning styles. To accommodate my students, I integrate art, music and hands on activities into all of my lessons. It's essential that students learn how to make connections, predict outcomes and use their analytical skills and strategies in order to comprehend text. My students work cooperatively in small groups to share ideas and to brainstorm for answers. They constantly use self assessment tools to track their comprehension, skills and strategies.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Educational background - B.S., Western Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, two Masters Degrees

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

For four years, I was a guest presenter at the NELMS (New England League of Middle Schools) convention in Providence, Rhode Island, where I taught educators from New England, Canada and other countries about my innovative projects for grades K-12. I'm an avid writer and have written and edited a variety of educational articles for local newspapers. I also edited a 250 page manuscript that will be published in France this fall. Recently, I wrote articles and created activities about various space topics for NASA's "Student Signatures in Space" program. They were written on the elementary, middle and high school levels based on the National Science Standards. The articles were published by NASA and sent to teachers and students around the world. I'm currently finishing two historical fiction novels for kids, ages 9 - 14. It's a pleasure to be able to share my original lesson plans that I've developed over the years with other educators.