Catalyst to Critical Thinking

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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
Engage your students from the beginning with this thought-provoking, critical thinking activity. You can begin your discussion with NSA surveillance of Angry Bird Apps and move your learners into the NPR recent debate on government spying and
Subjects:
Government, U.S. History, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$2.99
4 ratings
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
If you are trying to find new methods of differentiating your instruction and want to check for understanding without the time of grading, this download is JUST what you have been looking for. I am sharing 20 great tools of instruction that are all
Subjects:
Professional Development, For All Subjects, Test Preparation
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool, ...
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Test Prep
$9.99
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
This text dependent question ELA practice set is designed to challenge students at both the DOK 3 and DOK 4 levels, as the texts included are complex, appropriate for grades 9 and 10. Students will also need to synthesize the two texts as they cite
Subjects:
English Language Arts, ELA Test Prep, Close Reading
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Literacy Center Ideas
$6.99
1 rating
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
The stems included here are meant to resemble the typical 9th-10th grade text dependent questions for many state ELA standardized assessments. There is an emphasis on DOK 3-DOK 4, strategic thinking type questions.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Test Prep, Assessment, Professional Development
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
• Citing evidence/ Identifying Support for Main Ideas • Justifying/Detecting Bias • Distinguishing Arguments and Counterarguments • Ranking & Prioritizing /Evaluating the Relative Strength of Arguments • Making Inferences/Drawing
Subjects:
ELA Test Prep, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$7.50
3 ratings
3.9
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
The 22 HAZMAT Scenarios included in this packet have been designed to allow all PSA teachers an opportunity to engage their students in differentiated instruction, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Perfect for Fire Certification, EMT, and
Subjects:
Career and Technical Education, Critical Thinking, Vocational Education
Grades:
11th, 12th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Cooperative Learning
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
Are you tired of hearing sighs when its time to read the textbook in class? Your students WILL read their textbooks without complaint with these 5 original approaches to literacy supports. Regardless of the subject, from math to science to
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
All 9 Learning Tasks included within this set, "The Power of Words," will allow you to leverage vocabulary to engage students with many sessions of Productive Talk. The strategies included are based upon research findings on the best practices of
Subjects:
Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Word Walls, Cooperative Learning
$6.99
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
Student achievement is directly related to equitable checks for understanding during instruction. This packet provides 20 formative assessments that will involve and engage EVERY student in your. Your checks for understanding will become pivotal,
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
This lesson plans serves as a great reinforcer to need of developing a strong work ethic. It is interactive and allow teachers to customize the lesson for particular needs. The rubric is of significance to teachers and students in several ways.
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, ...
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Cooperative Learning
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By Catalyst to Critical Thinking
This guide is intended to illustrate how teachers can incorporate strategic thinking lessons within the scope and sequence of a typical close reading. The emphasis throughout this guide is to encourage students to deeply read and contemplate the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, English, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

As a Professional Development Leader with Catalyst Learning Community, LLC, my experience with classroom instruction spans all age groups and subject matters. I have presented workshops, seminars, and feedback sessions for over 5 years. My expertise areas of Professional Development/Professional Learning Include: Embedding Formative Instructional Strategies Developing a Toolbox of Instructional Strategies The Psychology of Effective Instruction Differentiated Assessments Performance-Based Assessments Staff Development with Feedback Staff Development by Implementing Instructional Rounds State Teacher Mentor and Lesson Development Specialist, 7 years Wright State University, Education and Humanities Instruction, 7 years Public High School Teacher: History, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Mentoring, 15 years

MY TEACHING STYLE

In order to be effective in classroom instruction, I believe that students must be engaged and instruction should be based in research-based principles of learning. Teachers should be mindful of student habituation and continually working to develop instruction that is interesting, new, and engaging to students. Student curiosity needs to be tapped. Strategies should be used that routinely approach content and material from the 7 key learning types (Gardner). Most of all, that instruction should ultimately be redesigned so that students are asking more and more questions, NOT just answering questions that are continually asked To them.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected 7 years in a row by the state to work as mentor/coach for developing new teachers in the area of social studies. Fellowship Teacher Grant recipient, $7,000, 2009, for sociological study to develop instructional strategies. Numerous County Grants won on developing mentoring programs for underachieving students. AP Psychology Teacher

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor Degree: University of Toledo,1991 Master Degree: Bowling Green State University, 2002 Northwestern University, IL: Advanced Placement Instructional Training

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I left classroom teaching to become a professional development specialist it was due to my passion for learning. I have always been passionate about learning, but equally passionate about changing ineffective practices of instruction. By enabling other educators to perfect their craft and incorporate effective teaching strategies, assessments, and different approaches to teaching, students will achieve more. Moreover, teachers will continually improve with each step toward better, more engaging instruction.

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