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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Bloom Ball Reports A Bloom Ball report is based on Blooms Taxonomy that encourages higher level thinking. Your students will h...
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Poetry Task Cards Do you have students who just don't like to write poetry? These 27 Poetry Activity Task Cards
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Similes, Metaphors and More Activities Packet This packet of ready to print student worksheets is a great resource that can be ...
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Stopping by Woods Robert Frost. Being a Native New Englander, I always look forward to reading and interpreting this poem each year with my stu...
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Halloween Student Worksheets Language Arts These Halloween student worksheets are fun and educational! I like to connect holiday words and activ...
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ABC Book Template for All Ages Teachers often think that ABC books are only for primary grades. I've successfully used ABC templates with middle...
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This is a 14 page packet that's fun to do before the holidays. It includes: a copy of the original poem, and other worksheets with rhyming activ...
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Kids are asked to think about things they're thankful for OR that they're thankful about something they did or accomplished. They're also asked t...
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Autumn ELA Student Worksheets and Art Activities Celebrate autumn with your students using these ready to print language arts and art activity ...
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Autumn and Fall Writing Papers As a Native New Englander, there’s always a heightened sense of excitement as summer wanes and the signs of autum...
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This poem is a lot of fun to use when teaching rhyming words. One worksheet asks the kids to find the words that rhyme with those on the sheet. ...
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It seems that we often give our students bookmarks with reading strategies or questions to ponder about novels. I designed these bookmarks to be ...
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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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Winter is a time to have fun! These winter word activities will bring a smile to your kids' faces as they cut out word tiles and move them around...
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When the first crocus bloom in my New England garden, it's time to do Haiku poetry with my students! The photos and images are my own. Complete...
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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.