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This resource contains a non-fiction story about alligators and crocodiles and how they live. Scaffolding activities are provided to increase reading comprehension. Materials for Literacy *Brainstorming chart *Prediction activity *Vocabulary Word
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Use Patricia Polacco’s book, Thunder Cake, to make a unique Mother’s Day card for Mom or Grandma. Analyze the feelings Patricia has when she is scared because a storm is coming and how Grandma helps her to deal with those feelings. Graphic
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A Creative Writing Activity Students work in pairs or small groups to brainstorm facts about Cupid and then combine these facts with creative ideas to answer the questions in the “Cute Cupid” interview. Answers given during the interview are used
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a retired Special Education teacher with over 20 years experience teaching grades 1 through 8 in elementary and middle school settings. I started out teaching special kids in a self-contained classroom and eventually moved to a resource room. Later, I was invited to teach graduate level courses for the Literacy Department at a Long Island, NY college. I loved teaching the aspiring teachers as well as those veteran teachers who wanted a master’s degree in literacy or special education. When I retired from public school the Director of Special Services asked me to return on a part-time basis to become the district’s first official teacher mentor for new Special Education teachers. That was a great way to continue to share with new teachers. Unfortunately, this position ended when the district had economic problems, like many other districts, and had layoffs for the first time in decades. No new teachers, no need for a mentor. That was a very sad day for all, mostly the kids.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Even though I am retired, I will always be a Special Education teacher at heart. When creating resources my goal is always to prepare lessons that encourage even the most reluctant learners to become active participants. My materials require students to engage in hands-on learning and provide opportunities for them to experience success so they want to participate. Teachers need to turn reluctant learners into can-do kids.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Graduated with Special Education departmental honors

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BA in Elementary Education, N-6; BA in Special Education; MS Literacy Education, K-12

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