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By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Develop growth mindset for middle school students by introducing metacognition strategies  and “power of yet” activities into your classroom.  These interactive growth mindset activities for middle and high school develop your students’
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Study Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Task Cards, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6
$9.75
$7.80
18
Bundle
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
This Adapted Macbeth Script for Middle School is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare's classic play. Whether you are teaching Macbeth to low ability students, or using it as an easy way in to the original script, this will save you time. In here
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Drama
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Cultural Activities, Printables, Scripts
$5.75
7
Digital Download PDF (9.67 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Use these reading task cards for making inferences and deductions with your Middle School students.  Test reading comprehension and encourage reading between the lines with the 32 making inferences and deductions task cards, suitable to be used with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.6
$4.70
8
Digital Download PDF (2.70 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
The Greek Mythology Bundle is the perfect combination of Ancient Greece activities for your Middle Schoolers.  Myth quests, posters, games, stories, and a Greek Mythology launch unit will engage your Middle Schoolers during this topic. Save 20% when
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies - History
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Google Apps, Printables
$25.42
$20.34
8
Bundle
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Looking for a way to develop your students' reading, while having fun - look no further! These cards have 12 short texts for students to really drill down into the skills they need to become excellent readers. Students love zombies and this, along
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.9
$4.50
36
Digital Download ZIP (3.63 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Podcast graphic organizer pdfs for any classroom! Looking for a way to introduce podcasts to your classroom with minimal hassle? Here's the solution! Choose any audio (or even video) of any length or topic and have students complete this organiser
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Handouts
$4.00
34
Digital Download PDF (1.13 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Use as a CHALLENGING and FUN review or brain break for Greek Mythology online or offline. ‘Would You Rather...?’ questions prompt students to evaluate options and make choices, so they are useful for encouraging critical thinking skills. To make
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies - History
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.73
11
Digital Download PDF (0.65 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
All my zombie-themed resources BUNDLED together! Covering reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as well as mindset and intelligence activities! Engaging activities that will interest Middle and High school students of all abilities.  A
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$37.40
$29.92
11
Bundle
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Looking for a way to develop your students' critical thinking skills. Read about, and be inspired by, hexagonal thinking - which can be used in ALL subjects - here, here and here. It's a great approach for visible thinking, metacognition and
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Social Studies - History, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning, Google Apps
CCSS:
CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.5, CCRA.SL.6
$4.85
5
Digital Download PDF (0.04 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Suitable for distance learning. Display 1 as a bellringer or prompt at any point during your online lesson. Alternatively, screenshot a prompt and add it to your slide deck or instructional materials. Students can respond in Google Docs or Forms.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 9th, Adult Education, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.3, CCRA.SL.6
$4.70
7
Digital Download PDF (6.83 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
If you are introducing metacognition strategies into your classroom, this is a great start. Develop reading skills (CCSS-aligned), get your students discussing passionately and improve their capacity for learning - what's not to love? A perfect
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Study Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Task Cards, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6
$5.75
2
Digital Download ZIP (13.31 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Save 20% with this massive bundle which contains all of the Greek & World Mythology products from my store to date (May 2022). I may add relevant products as I edit them for publishing, so buying the bundle now means you never again pay for any
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Google Apps, Printables
$94.72
$75.78
Bundle
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
The Shakespeare Introduction Project offers an interactive opportunity for students to create a game using the information in this product.  An adapted Macbeth script eases middle school students into the world of Shakespeare and can be used for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Close Reading, Drama
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Printables, Games, Scripts
$10.45
$8.36
Bundle
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Save $$$ with this bundled pack to enhance your spy genre or adventure unit, after-school activity, or summer camp. Inside are engaging activities for reading, writing, speaking and listening. All are designed to engage students and link their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), Fun Stuff
$13.25
$10.60
2
Bundle
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Get that lesson out of the way with all the prep done for you (or your sub)! Students use these figurative language worksheets in an engaging way by reading and/or listening to music lyrics along the zombie / death theme. They'll be tapping their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Songs, Minilessons, Printables
$4.50
10
Digital Download ZIP (3.56 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
These highly engaging Podcast Listening Comprehensions, Worksheets, and Activities cover the entire season 1 of “The Two Princes” - a podcast by Gimlet Media.  Perfect to develop listening and reading skills with Middle school students.  Making
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Close Reading, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Printables, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.5, CCRA.W.7...
$32.50
$26.00
1
Bundle
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Use these reading task cards for your Middle School students.  Test reading comprehension and encourage discussion with the 24 reading discussion task cards, suitable to be used with ANY novel study.Why will these Reading Comprehension Task Cards
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Fun Stuff
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.6, CCRA.R.10
$4.80
7
Digital Download PDF (1.34 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Finally! A set of meaningful bellringers for morning work or starters that you can customize to YOUR students and save time. Get your students practising real skills and staying totally engaged throughout - see the reviews! Use these with my digital
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, PowerPoint Presentations
$6.00
6
Digital Download ZIP (9.95 MB)
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Develop growth mindset for middle school students by introducing metacognition strategies and “power of yet” activities into your classroom.  These interactive growth mindset activities for middle and high school develop your students’ metacognition
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Study Skills, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Task Cards, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.6
$17.75
$14.20
Bundle
By Diversity in Mind with Abena
Get to know your Middle School students with these Get-to-know-you activities and icebreakers.  This Back to School Bundle includes First Day Icebreakers to get to know your students as well as resources to set up your classroom routines
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Google Apps, PowerPoint Presentations
$54.25
$43.40
Bundle
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

TEACHING EXPERIENCE I've been in the classroom since 2000, beginning with teaching English as an Additional Language in the UK and abroad. I then moved into teaching English language and literature in mainstream schools. I've taught across all age groups, and currently work with delightful, multinational teenagers in Southeast Asia. I work in an international school, and split the rest of my professional time between producing resources and supporting teachers to make their classrooms more culturally-sustaining.

MY TEACHING STYLE

As well as always considering diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), my teaching stems from the acronym EMPOWER - I created this when trying to summarise my core values as an educator. It provides a compass to remain true to my beliefs around learning.

E - ETHICS: I want to encourage upstanding individuals who have a care for the ecosystem around them, including both living and nonliving beings. No human is illegal. Science is real. Love is love. Kindness is everything.

M - METACOGNITION: by promoting the understanding of learning, I hope to enhance the experience of personal development intentionally. Encouraging learners to 'hack' their brains leads to the most effective learning.

P - PERSONALISATION: every individual is just that - individual. The same approach from last year's cohort might not suit this year's so I aim to ensure my lessons address relevant needs. Whatever cultural backgrounds make up our community, I aim to explicitly value and celebrate them all.

O - OWNERSHIP: I have delivered teacher-training on student choice and voice, and always strive to ensure this is one of the core features of my teaching. When we feel like we are in the driving seat of our own development, we are so much more effective at reaching our goals.

W - WAYS OF LEARNING: I am not married to any one approach, but rather collaborate with my learners to find out what will best work for them. While I promote enquiry-learning, such as PBL, through my lessons in order to encourage critical thinking, direct instruction (in short bursts) also has a place in my toolkit. I take each approach on its merit and suitability for the learning we are trying to achieve. My lessons are infused with critical literacy wherever possible.

E - EMPOWERMENT: in all my teaching, I want learners - whether adult, teens or children to come away feeling they have been given the confidence, strength, knowledge and skills to move forward in their learning journeys. I want to make myself redundant by coaching independent, resourceful and thoughtful learners who know how to achieve their goals.

R - RIGOUR: I believe that enjoyable learning experiences do not have to be 'fluff' - learning itself is fun! Therefore, I do not shy away from challenging my students to reach ever higher, ensuring they are supported in their goals.

What else??> I fill my inbox with blog subscriptions related to everything DEIJ; sustainability & permaculture; the (critically discerning) use of technology; metacognition; student choice & voice; the Flat Classroom; 21st Century skills; PBL; and secondary school teaching.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My qualifications have come from my love of learning and always wanting to find the next challenge. Among the most relevant to my day-to-day teaching and resource writing are Google Education Trainer; Flat Classroom Certificate; Flat Classroom Certificate; and Project-Based Learning Certificate (by PBLU from the Buck Institute of Education).

I write PD and teaching resources for a number of publishers including Heinemann's Digital Campus, Teachit and ZigZag Education.

I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to present regularly at various conferences including 21st Century Learning, Teachers Teaching Teachers, Google Apps for Education events and the Global Education Conference.

When I have time, I am an examiner for various boards. This has included Cambridge Young Learner exams, GCSE, A Level and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

I also facilitate student presenters at conferences such as Learning2; it's an honour to help them get their voices heard.

The best honour or award I've had? The 'Thank you!' from my learners at the end of a lesson.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA in English & Philosophy. From there, I went on to secure my masters in Education (Applied Linguistics), and the UK's national teacher qualification - the PGCE - in English & Drama.

Along the way, I also gained my Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English Language to Adults and Young Learners. I'm currently studying for my doctorate in education through Bath University in the UK (with a focus on DEIJ and culturally-sustaining pedagogy) and teaching in Asia.

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