Compiling a Creative Classroom

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It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. -Albert Einstein
 
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Are you ready for some PARCC Practice??? This is a PowerPoint document including 12 weeks of PARCC POWs. These problems were created in the style of PARCC questions after the author attended a workshop learning to create PARCC-like Math questions.
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Are you ready for some PARCC Practice??? This is a PowerPoint document including 12 weeks of PARCC POWs. These problems were created in the style of PARCC questions after the author attended a workshop learning to create PARCC-like Math questions.
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This is a powerpoint that I have used yearly on the first day of school. Each year, I tweak the presentation to fit the grade level/class that I will be teaching, but the layout is the same. Basically, this is a script for your first day. It is
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Children always groan at the thought of practicing for those state mandated tests each spring. But it's something, as teachers, that must be done to help prepare our students. I used this in my gifted class of fourth grade, but it could be used in
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This is a presentation that was originally given to a group of teachers at a writing meeting. It uses Carl Anderson's book "How's it Going" as a framework for structuring writing conferences in a classroom where a Writing Workshop approach to
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This tried and true activity will get your kids excited about writing! The detailed lesson plan includes instructions on how to run a successful story cycle, with students collaborating in small groups to create scary, funny, and often quirky
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This is a PowerPoint document including 12 weeks of PARCC POWs. These problems were created in the style of PARCC questions after the author attended a workshop learning to create PARCC-like Math questions. All questions are unique from the online
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PARCC is making its second appearance before the year is out...don't be caught unprepared! This set of slides is an excellent way to prepare your 3rd-5th graders for the PARCC EOY test. Even if your district doesn't participate in PARCC testing, you
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This file is a complete writing project for your students to learn about perspective while having fun writing Thanksgiving-themed stories! Included is a detailed lesson plan, which can be modified for grade level and student ability. You will also
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This is a slideshow created to introduce the beginning of essay writing. Includes step by step instructions that students can interact with as teacher explains. Includes thesis statement explanation, ways to open an essay, examples (using the topic
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This document includes a prompt for student writing, an example, and a workspace for student responses to other writing samples. Give this writing sample after reading Lois Lowry's Number the Stars (or a study of World War II). Students compare
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This file gives you and your class access to a site where your students will be challenged, enriched, and engaged- at the center of their own learning. In teaching, there is always great diversity. This is especially true in math class. In a
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This is a creative and fun activity to do with your students on St. Patrick's Day! The only thing you need is enough Lucky Charms for each group to have one serving. This project involves a story about a girl whose dentist dad will not let her
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This is a project created to accompany a unit on metric and standard measurement. Students were able to test out of lessons after taking a pretest. If they tested out, they would work on the corresponding project part for that day. I have used
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This is a PowerPoint presentation to be given for staff development. In it, teachers will be able to gain practical insight into a Math Workshop approach for differentiated instruction. The slideshow can be emailed to teachers in order to give
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This is a 28-page document with everything you need to create successful Math Workshop Stations. Group names and station names can be cut out and put onto a poster. Folders for both Problem Solving and Independent Practice Stations can be created
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This game can be played as a Math Station or Center with 2-6 students. The direction cards are leveled so students are working to complete appropriate tasks for their abilities. Students play a go-fish type of game where they find doubles, doubles
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Put your students' creativity to the test! In this lesson, students create word problems based on the custom category you create in class. Students wander around the pumpkin patch of problems, reading and solving their friends' work. Includes
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 10 years of experience at a fantastic school- the same one that I attended as a child! I began teaching third grade, and after two years moved to a fourth grade self contained gifted and talented class. I teach critical thinking and higher level thinking skills across all subject areas in grade 4, along with accelerated 5th grade Math. I have worked with technology extensively and have always created my own materials. I've also worked as a Mathematics Coach across all grade levels and held several workshops for staff development. I have experience as a Language Arts mentor/staff resource, as well as tutoring experience with students in grades 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I strive to teach to the "21st Century Learner." All of my lessons incorporate some element of technology (but can be adapted based on your school's resources). In order to adequately prepare students for a future immersed in technology, it is vital that this is an integral part of their daily school experience. I encourage exploration with project, problem, and inquiry based learning. I follow many principles of the Responsive Classroom, and feel that my students gain the most from their educational experience when they constantly feel safe and enriched in their learning environment.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Acted as an exemplary Gifted and Talented teacher for administrators in other districts to observe Developed and taught Continuing Education Course: "Blogging, Skype and Beyond," "Structuring the Writing Workshop," and "Launching the Math Workshop." Presented significant classroom events at Board of Education meetings, including but not limited to presentation of board-funded grants Wrote and received grant to participate in Odyssey of the Mind, a worldwide student competition. Students placed first for their age group in Nationals.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I attended TCNJ, graduating with a BS in Elementary Education and English in 2004. I currently am enrolled in the University of North Texas, taking classes in Gifted Education.

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