Tools for Teachers by Laurah J
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This download contains two cootie catchers to help your students get to know each other when you return to school. Pair students off, give one a ...
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Fun mad-libs games help students to practice parts of speech by creating funny stories! Originally created for the Middle School ESL classr...
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This handout walks students through creating their own product and advertisement using propaganda techniques they've learned in class. No preview...
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This powerpoint game is for the $25K pyramid game for middle grades ELA. Covers topics such as: -Propaganda techniques -Literary genres -Figu...
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This fun poster makes a great back-to-school activity. It is a fun way for students to get to know each other and for you to get to know a little...
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This American Flag powerpoint is great for a classroom study of the American flag and other national symbols. This can be used as a whole class p...
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This powerpoint game is for the $25K pyramid game for middle grades ELA. Covers topics such as: -Features of Non-fiction text -Primary & Secon...
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This powerpoint template is for the $25K pyramid game. Great to use as a review in ANY SUBJECT AREA! This game is fancy! Complete with a built i...
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This fun Valentine-themed packet includes 7 Language Arts Activtities and 7 Math activities. It was originally created for my ESOL classroom. Dep...
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This fun activity pack includes two ways to help your students practice their math fact families for multiplication and division while getting in...
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If you're looking for innovative ways to introduce, review, or reteach main idea, then you've come to the right place. This activity was so popul...
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This packet includes instructions and template for creating a classroom cookbook of Winter Holiday recipes. This is an excellent resource for mul...
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This download includes a Geometry Vocabulary Magic Square activity at two levels so all of your students can practice their academic geometry voc...
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This download contains two leveled non-fiction mini-books about Winter. Each mini-book contains 9 colorful, interesting pages for students to rea...
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This fun activity pack includes two ways to help your students practice identifying equivalent fractions while getting in the Thanksgiving spirit...
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This gapfill will get your students talking about Women in History. Allows students the opportunity to learn content knowledge while practicing l...
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This fun activity will help your students improve their vocabulary, practice synonyms, and hone an important writing skill. One of the most impor...
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This is a fun activity that allows your class to brainstorm and carry out acts of kindness for classmates and teachers on Valentines Day. Student...
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This fun little song (to the tune of Jingle Bells) will help your students learn & remember the layers of the Earth!
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This freebie has two fun Valentine's Day themed word activities for students. Though I originally developed the product for my 3rd and 4th grade ...
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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.