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We've all seen the Movie and Book Venn Diagrams. And so have our students - you can tell by the groans when you pass them out and tell them to take notes during the movie. However, I found many problems with these organizers. First - students are
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Want to impress your administration by bumping up the rigor of your classroom while still engaging your students? I have found that debates are some of the most effective ways of adding the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (evaluative, analysis)
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"As we continue through The Watsons go to Birmingham, each student will be taking on the persona of one of the Watson family members. We will work throughout the novel creating entries for this character’s travel journal. Each entry should be
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Economics by itself? Boring. Economics with a competition and prize involved? Now we're talking! I created this activity to enrich my Sixth Grade Social Studies unit on Economics. I begin by teaching about the stock market, going over vocab and
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I use this for The Book Thief - but quickly going through and changing the title will make this adaptable for any movie/book comparison essay. It is especially powerful when the movie and book are very different. The Book Thief was a fantastic
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Poetry. For years I would teach it every spring, and for years every spring I would hear a chorus of "Ugh" when I introduced it. As a poetry fanatic, it was always my goal to change my students' attitudes. One way I worked on changing their
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This product is perfect for a culminating activity after reading the novel The Westing Game. I use a Socratic Discussion format to increase the rigor in the classroom and get my students engaged in their learning. I have created all of the
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I was used to putting the standards and "I Can" statements on the board, but I was seeing that it wasn't making an impact to my students. I designed this checklist for my students to use to keep track of their own mastery so they could feel a
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I created this test as an assessment after my 8th grade Edgar Allan Poe unit. In keeping with the theme of Poe, I chose three texts that all discuss "haunted houses" in a different way. One is a literary text, an excerpt from "Fall of the House of
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Literature Circles. You've heard teachers talk about them, you've scoured the internet looking for good ideas, and yet you're still at a loss as to implementing them in your classroom. Look no further! I created this Literature Circle Unit in
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I was used to putting the standards and "I Can" statements on the board, but I was seeing that it wasn't making an impact to my students. I designed this checklist for my students to use to keep track of their own mastery so they could feel a
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Middle School Language Arts teachers have a lot on their plates. They have to teach Reading Literature, Reading Informational Texts, Writing, Speaking and Grammar all in one year. This is why I created a year-long independent grammar study - it
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"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Ghandi This is a powerful quote. Inspiring someone to not just sit and dream, but to take action. However, for many people (adults and students alike) it is not that simple. While the dream may be
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One of my favorite units to do with my 6th grade gifted language arts class is my month-long Fractured Fairy Tale unit. The reason I love it so much is because of how much it has blossomed over the years. It went from a simple unit to something
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Easily reach your Common Core Language Standard 6 while helping prep your students for the PARCC test! When I first saw the Common Core standards, I was overwhelmed. Not really because of WHAT they were asking me to teach, but because of HOW they
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To help prepare my students for the upcoming PARCC exam, I have been reworking all of my assessments to follow the PARCC format. This means going through and analyzing PARCC questions for specific standards, and then matching my own questions on
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I was used to putting the standards and "I Can" statements on the board, but I was seeing that it wasn't making an impact to my students. I designed this checklist for my students to use to keep track of their own mastery so they could feel a
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To help prepare my students for the upcoming PARCC exam, I have been reworking all of my assessments to follow the PARCC format. This means going through and analyzing PARCC questions for specific standards, and then matching my own questions on
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When I teach The Diary of Anne Frank, I use three versions: excerpts from the actual diary, the play and the film. One CCSS that I focus on when teaching the play and diary is RL 8.3: how dialogue propels the plot and reveals aspects of character
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Every year without fail, this unit is the favorite among my students. I even have former students coming back and telling me how much they enjoyed this. And who would have thought geography could be so fun! Overview: I created this project as a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Currently, I am a Gifted Intervention Specialist for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades. I taught Gifted and Talented middle school Language Arts and Social Studies for 5 years. Before that, I taught for one year as a 7th grade Communications and Reading teacher, and I did my student teaching for 12th grade in an urban Cleveland high school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I thrive on creative, engaging lessons - nothing beats those moments when you hear students leaving your classroom saying "Wow! That was pretty cool!" or better yet - the bell ringing and catching everyone by surprise because of how caught up in the lesson they were! My activities often include higher level thinking, simulation opportunities, project opportunities, etc. However, I know that in order to be successful, creative lesson need structure. All of my activities include rubrics, and I often have "Student Overview" sheets with common core objectives, instructions, and examples in an easy-to-read format.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher Appreciation - Video Announcements Advisor ETS Recognition of Excellence Award for Literature- awarded to those who scored in the top 15% nationwide for Praxis II.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in journalism, with a minor in English from Ohio State. Master's in Urban Secondary Education from Cleveland State. Gifted Endorsement from the University of Cincinnati.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am the coach for many extracurricular groups, including Power of the Pen (a state-wide writing competition), Academic Challenge, Model UN and WordMaster's Challenge.

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