Brain Waves Instruction

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By Brain Waves Instruction
Understanding a story’s theme is critical to deciphering the author’s message in a text. This 3-day theme unit is designed to make learning fun while helping students go beyond the surface meaning of text to truly understand the author's message
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
$5.49
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By Brain Waves Instruction
We tell our students to study for tests all the time, but often we forget to teach them HOW to actually study! That’s where this Study Skills resource comes in. It’s designed to give students practical tips and tricks for studying for tests in ELA
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Study Skills, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Study Guides, Activities, Test Prep
$4.99
457 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Listening comprehension is an essential element of ELA instruction. That’s because students do not intuitively know how to take notes, discern what is important in a listening passage, or even know how to reference their notes when answering
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Other (ELA)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Test Prep, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.L.1, CCRA.L.2, CCRA.L.3
$6.99
270 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Save and prepare your students to succeed on state assessments with this Test Prep Bundle! This bundle includes units on Answering Multiple-Choice Questions, Answering Short Answer Questions, and Tips and Ideas for Motivational Test
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Test Prep, Printables
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, RL.6.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.6, RI.6.10...
$15.97
$13.99
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This “Doodle and Do” resource includes DOODLE NOTES to help students develop understanding of the Problem-Solution Nonfiction Text Structure AND six activities that students can DO to help them showcase their learning. Since the doodle notes (or
Subjects:
Reading, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.5, RI.4.10, RI.5.1, RI.5.2, RI.5.5, RI.5.10, RI.6.1, RI.6.2, RI.6.5...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Understanding the central conflict in literature is essential to grasping a work’s overriding themes. Help students identify the core types of conflicts in literary pieces with this mini-unit. When students can identify a story’s conflict, they
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.10, RL.6.1, RL.6.5, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.3, RL.7.10, RL.8.1, RL.8.2...
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Listening Comprehension Malala Yousafzai Malala Unit Overview This 5-day unit packs a major punch! While studying Malala Yousafzai, students practice critical skills including listening comprehension, sequencing, participating in group
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
$4.49
160 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this 5-day Test Prep Unit, students learn specific strategies to promote success on standardized assessments and daily practice. Students will learn test-taking strategies for answering short-response questions. They will learn how to include
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Test Prep
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.6, RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.6, RL.6.10, RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.6, RL.8.1...
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161 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
Analogies provide opportunities to learn important critical thinking skills. That’s why it is important to not only teach students about what an analogy is, but how to solve an analogy. This fun and engaging 3-day All About Analogies mini-unit is
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Minilessons
$4.99
135 ratings
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This resource is for Interactive Notebooks or File Folders. If you would prefer more traditional resources, check out the Test Prep - Answering Multiple Choice Questions unit HERE.In this 5-day unit, students learn specific strategies to promote
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Test Prep, Printables
$6.99
117 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
If you’re tired of high-stakes state assessments bringing you and your students down, then it might be time for some Motivational Test Prep. This resource is filled with a range of ideas from creating motivating pencil flags to passing out mints on
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Other (ELA)
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Fun Stuff
$1.99
103 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
This resource is for Test Prep - Answering Multiple-Choice Questions. If you would prefer similar resources that are designed to be used in an Interactive Notebook, check out the Interactive Notebook Test Prep Unit HERE.In this 5-day unit, students
Subjects:
Reading, ELA Test Prep, Test Preparation
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Unit Plans, Test Prep, Printables
$6.99
84 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Waves Instruction
In this 5-Day Unit, students will learn how to respond to fiction and nonfiction texts with text-based evidence. They will have the opportunity to read, analyze, and respond to 10 different reading passages. Students will complete guided notes on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.5.1, RL.6.1, RL.7.1, RI.4.1, RI.5.1, RI.6.1, RI.7.1, CCRA.R.1
$5.99
20 ratings
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have over ten 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 students can 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 --- 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 boys.

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