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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this detailed, CCSS-aligned, 10-day unit, students will learn about narrative writing and actively participate in the writing process. Students will write personal narratives about an interesting experience that taught them a lesson. In their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans, Handouts
CCSS:
W.5.3, W.5.4, W.5.6, W.5.10, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.6, W.6.10, W.7.3, W.7.3a, W.7.3b...
$9.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
You never get a second chance to make a first impression...especially in the classroom. This resource is filled with activities to get your school year off to the best possible start. With a student survey, teacher interview activity, writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.10
$3.99
548 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Studying figurative language makes students better readers and writers! In this unit students will define, interpret, write, read, and analyze six types of figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
L.4.4, L.4.5, L.5.4, L.5.5, L.6.4, L.6.5, L.7.4, L.7.5
$6.99
739 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Get your students writing by tapping into their natural inclination to share about their lives. This extremely detailed and engaging Memoir Writing Unit first immerses students in the memoir genre. Then, using their understanding of the mentor
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Fun Stuff, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1...
$9.99
476 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Emergency Substitute Plan: We’ve all been there...when real life events get in the way of being able to teach our classes on a particular day. The most challenging part of preparing for a substitute and an absence is when it is unplanned. There’s
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
CCSS:
CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.4
$4.25
469 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
These 20 Daily ELA Warm-Ups are a great way to start each class! Use them as bell ringers, morning work, or even put them together into a bell ringer journal! Not only are they Common Core aligned, they're also incredibly engaging and motivating
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.5
$5.99
504 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Reading Comprehension SkillsHelp your students master 12 critical reading comprehension skills with this ULTIMATE BUNDLE of Reading Comprehension Mini-Units. Each 3-day mini-unit contains engaging, hands-on learning activities, guided notes, 6+
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Printables
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.8, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.4, RI.5.5, RI.5.8...
$59.88
$51.99
364 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Daily Doodle Vocabulary resource will introduce your students to dozens of new vocabulary words, and a brand-new way of learning them: with doodles!When students are exposed to new words, they become strong readers and writers. This resource
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
L.6.1, L.6.4, L.6.4a, L.6.4b, L.6.4c, L.6.4d, L.6.5, L.6.5a, L.6.5b, L.6.5c, L.6.6...
$18.99
$15.99
284 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Do your students crave creative ways to respond to their reading? How about you? Do you long for fun activities that motivate students to read while simultaneously developing students’ reading comprehension skills? Well, then you’re going to LOVE
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10
$4.99
246 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Daily Doodle Vocabulary resource will introduce your students to dozens of new vocabulary words, and a brand-new way of learning them: with doodles!When students are exposed to new words, they become strong readers and writers. This resource
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
CCSS:
L.3.1, L.3.3, L.3.4, L.3.4d, L.3.5b, L.3.6, L.4.4, L.4.4a, L.4.4c, L.4.6, L.5.1...
$18.99
$15.99
361 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Back to School School Start Take the guess work out of setting up a fun, engaging, well-organized classroom with this Back To School Toolkit. This resource has over 80 pages of kid-tested and teacher-approved resources for classroom organization,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$12.99
201 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Independent Reading Program: This Independent Reading Program is a 6-week program where students read self-selected books and complete 8 assignments to demonstrate and develop their comprehension and reading skills. Over the course of six weeks
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Handouts, Novel Study
$11.99
185 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Start the new school year off with a bang with this fun set of Doodle and Do Back to School Activities! Students will doodle their way through the first days of school with 5 different doodle note activities. Designed to instantly engage students,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Back to School
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
$4.99
189 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
If you’re on the hunt for daily warm-ups that work, then you’re going to love this bundle of 6 sets of This or That Warm-Ups! They’re wildly popular with students and teachers because they’re the perfect mix of engagement and learning!This bundle
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$35.94
$31.99
169 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Back to School Activities School Start First Week of School Get your school year off to a fantastic start with this resource filled with engaging Back to School Activities! Filled with back to school checklists, warm-ups, about me mini-books,
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Reading, Back to School
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Handouts
$3.49
144 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Make reading fun with this set of Doodle Notes and creative Reading Response Sheets! This resource is designed to first teach students about 6 different reading strategies with fun Doodle Notes. Then, students can showcase their learning with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3...
$12.99
$9.99
163 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This Doodle and Do resource is designed to help students learn about growth mindset. First, students will read a nonfiction passage about growth mindset (created in a doodle-style). While reading the doodle article, they’ll answer questions and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.10, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.6
$4.99
116 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This bundle of 3 separate emergency substitute lesson plans will put your substitute planning worries to rest! That’s because in this bundle you’ll find 3 sets of sub lessons that are not only educational and fun, but require absolutely no extra
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Fun Stuff
$13.25
$10.99
121 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Brain Waves Instruction
Great news! There's a BUNDLE with 6 SETS of the This or That Daily ELA Warm Ups! Find 120 engaging bell ringers HERE. Starting each class with a warm up has been a huge success in my classroom...and my students love these This or That Warm Up
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Spelling
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$17.97
$15.99
157 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Brain Waves Instruction
This Independent Reading Program has been developed specifically for middle and high school students to meet one of the greatest challenges of independent reading programs --- getting students to keep reading. During this Independent Reading
Subjects:
Reading, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$10.99
89 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have over 10 years of teaching experience at the middle school level. I’ve spent my career enthusiastically teaching English Language Arts, Reading and Writing Lab, Creative Writing, British Literature, and Social Studies. I have had the opportunity to teach internationally in Belize, England, and Africa. Leadership opportunities have allowed me to train and mentor teachers implementing programming and instruction. I’m passionate about instruction. In fact, I’ve had the opportunity to originate a Step Ahead Summer Program, an elective Creating Writing course, interdisciplanary curriculum for the Regional Summer School Program, and I even proposed, created, and implemented a Reading and Writing Lab course that was adopted school-wide to address students’ academic needs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching philosophy is all about creating engaging learning environments and differentiated instruction to maximize student achievement and learning. I believe in creating challenging and rigorous lesson plans that can be delivered in positive and fun ways so that middle schoolers find joy in learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

--- Co-authored “Assessment Motivation Program” published in the April 2012 issue of “Middle Ground” --- Presenter on 21st Century Leadership at an Educational - Partnership Principal Retreat --- Asset Award Winner --- Disney Teacher of the Year nominee

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

--- B.S. Ed. Elementary Education with Middle School Extension in English Language Arts --- M.S. Ed. Elementary Education --- Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I'm not busy dreaming up new curriculum, I love hanging out with my husband and our two fun (and pretty rowdy) boys.

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