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Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
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This packet of main idea activities and printables is designed to help your students grasp main idea in non-fiction texts. This activity pack tak...
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Help your students practice and extend their knowledge of main idea and details with these 24 colorful activity cards. These cards can be used in...
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This powerpoint explores theme in literature and teaches students how to discover the theme of a work. Talks about universal "big" ideas, how to ...
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This exciting and colorful unit includes 60 pages of lesson plans and activities to use with your classroom novel study of Barbara Robinson's The...
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Having trouble teaching text structure or organizatonal patterns to your class? Then this download is for you! I originally developed this lesson...
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This teaching pack combines my best-selling main idea items. It takes a new approach to learning main idea, starting with pictures and moving int...
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15 colorful and interesting cards with a theme about tornados and hurricanes help your students practice their knowledge of text structure and or...
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This fun powerpoint presentation is to help teach students about the differences between mood and tone and how they are used in literature. Appro...
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This teaching bundle contains three awesome items to help you teach Text Structure and Organizational Patterns to your students. Aligned with Com...
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This download contains four rubrics written in kid-friendly language and are informed by the WIDA performance definitions and can-do descriptors....
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These 24 colorful activity cards are designed to help your students review area and perimeter and the academic language associated with the conce...
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This download contains everything that you need to teach a full two-week unit on poetry. Originally developed for use with my 6th-8th grade ESL l...
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These printables are ideal for helping your students practice their dictionary skills. Originally developed for my 6-8th grade ESOL students, I h...
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These colorful activity cards can be used in a variety of ways to help your students reinforce their dictionary skills. Contains different ways t...
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This is a 138 page novel study unit to go with Paul Fleischman's Seedfolks. Aligned with 6-12 ELA Common Core Anchor Standards in reading and wri...
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This powerpoint helps to teach students to identify the main idea and details in a text, as well as summarize what they've read using the GIST st...
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These cards are designed to help your students understand all of the details that make up a setting in a story and how the characters are affecte...
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This powerpoint presentation teaches students about the different types of context clues and how to locate them. Each type of context clue introd...
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This is a bundled teaching pack that includes my Author's Purpose Powerpoint Presentation with Cloze Notes and my Author's Purpose Activity Sheet...
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Learning author's purpose is really as easy as PIE! This author's purpose packet comes with an author's purpose guide (leveled for basic, profic...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently an ESOL coach for my district, working with both ESOL and mainstream teachers to help them differentiate and improve the quality of their instruction for English language learners. I currently work in Maryland, but spent several years teaching in North Carolina, and I completed my student teaching in Tennessee as well. During my career, I have worked with students in grades K-8, though most of my attention has been focused on the upper grades, 4-8. I have been invited to Busan, S. Korea, twice to conduct 2 week teacher training seminars on Content Based English Instruction for English language learners, and I am SIOP trained. In addition, I also lead numerous Continuing Professional Development courses, workshops, and focus groups for teachers in my district. In addition to my MS, I also have a BA degree in Spanish and Mass Communications.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am very passionate about my job and working with teachers to help ELLs. When I was in the classroom, I spent hours at home planning lessons and creating materials to use in my classroom. Many of my materials were originally designed for use in the ESL classroom, however, they can easily be used or adapted for use in the mainstream classroom by students of every ability level.
My teaching style is very laid back. My students always knew that as long as they follow directions, we will have a great time in class!
I believe in catering to students' multiple intelligences and providing an area where they are excited to come and learn.
In my ESOL classes, I believed very highly in the value of reading and literacy, and worked hard to impress it upon my students as well. I also believe in the value of literacy across the content areas. I have many products in my store for each subject area, as well as several that are interdisciplinary. Most products are aligned with CCSS and WIDA standards.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Summa Cum Laude, Master of Science
Teacher of the Month

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

M.S. in Foreign Language and ESL Education from University of Tennessee, 2008
B.A. in Journalism and Spanish from Carson-Newman College, 2006

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I are natives of Knoxville, TN. We have no children, but do enjoy spending time with our niece and nephew when we can. We also enjoy spending time in the modern middle ages at SCA events. Catch up with me on my blog, The ESOL Odyssey. Find Tools for Teachers by Laurah Jurca on FaceBook.