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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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Looking for new spelling activities that you can use with any spelling list? Use these worksheets with individual students, small or large groups...
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IMPORTANT! If you purchased my Common Proper Nouns Student Worksheets, please don't purchase this. It's the same packet. One of my best sellers!...
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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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Doesn't it seem like each year there are more and more kids who can't spell? In my opinion, they need more understanding of the sounds of letters...
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Use these 84 Common Core words and phrase cards to help your students understand the meanings of informational text. Laminate them and use them t...
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Your kids will love doing these worksheets with Rufus the Bear as they create words with short vowel sounds. Good for vowel sound reinforcement a...
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Display this Thanksgiving Word Art poster in your room and give one to each of your kids. This free download includes art, music and Language Art...
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Add a special touch to the meaning of the holidays by having your kids or family members write holiday postcards to friends and other family memb...
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These two colorful posters are reminders of the elements of writing. Display in writing centers and around your classroom. Great for wor...
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These two colorful posters are reminders of the elements of writing. Display in writing centers and around your classroom. Great for word wall...
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This is a great Earth Day or nutrition, healthy foods activity. Discuss healthy foods with your students and what choices they should make in ord...
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Kids need reminders of how to spell plural nouns. This handy chart will help them remember the rules! Great for centers. Create a word wall! An ...
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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.