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This rubric was created using Zaner Bloser's checklist for cursive writing. I use it for students to self assess their own cursive writing before I officially assess them. Dyan Branstetter
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When answering open-ended questions on standardized tests, my students can usually get the right answer if they can focus their question. I taught them how to restate questions to become a topic sentence, and this worksheet allows them to practice
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These editing checklists are used by students after they finish writing a draft. The first worksheet guides the student through the self-editing process. After making the necessary changes to his or her draft, that student gives the 2nd draft to a
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This worksheet follows a mini-lesson (also included) to help students see the difference between telling (Miss Shannon was angry) and showing (Miss Shannon slammed the door and stomped to her seat. Her face was bright red, and her eyebrows were
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This mini-unit allows students to read, write, and respond to poetry. The document for sale contains 6 pages, including a checklist for the students, a recording log for poetry responses, a recording log for poems read, and a culminating activity
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After reading Judith Viorst's book Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, go through the book again with this activity. Students can calculate how Alexander lost his money, while rereading and practicing money counting skills. Dyan Branstetter
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This unit includes mini-lessons on nouns, proper nouns, verbs, and adjectives for a writing workshop. I use it at the beginning of the year with my third graders, and they have a lot of fun with it while internalizing the parts of speech. Dyan
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This editing checklist can be for teacher use when assessing students' friendly letters, for student use while peer conferencing, or for student use while self-editing or self-assessing. I make copies available to the students to pick up as needed
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After learning the cardinal directions, students have a ball completing this activity. Using the worksheet, pairs of students will write directions to get the teacher from his or her classroom door to his or her desk. After the students write the
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As a culminating unit on geometry, I share some M.C. Escher prints, and demonstrate the creation of a basic tessellation. We then read over the project guidelines and rubric together. Students are expected to create a tessellation that fills at
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I tape this problem solving tool to each student's desk to help them solve word problems. We refer to it when solving problems as a class, and students use it when solving problems independenly. After using it repeatedly, students are able to solve
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This project should be completed after reading an age appropriate version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. It is a R.A.F.T. (Role, Audience, Format, Topic) prompt with a rubric. My third graders get a kick out of the news
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This is a great math/science activity for the fall. Students will measure pumpkins to find the circumference, stem length, height, and weight. Then, students will count the seeds, and graph the circumference and seed count to compare the amount of
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This short unit is based on the following essential questions: How did music play a part in the underground railroad? How did slaves express forbidden feelings and desires, such as anger, resentment, or a longing for freedom? It was taught as a
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I found this great activity in a Mailbox Magazine my first year of teaching and modified it to meet my grade level's geography curriculum. The project has 15 days of activities that lead students through the task of creating a map. I use it as a
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This template is designed to keep track of individual student progress through writing conferences. After teaching a writing mini-lesson, students work on stories while I conference with individuals. I have the student read his or her story, and I
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This document explains how to hold a successful and effective writing conference with a student, and it contains a list of possible questions that could help to start conversations. I try to conference with 4 to 5 students each day after teaching a
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This document includes a demonstration for explaining how sedimentary rocks are formed using a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and two demonstrations for metamorphic rock formation using everyday materials. Dyan Branstetter
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This template for solving open ended math problems is very useful for helping students explain their thought process. I use a sample word problem, the template, and an overhead projector to model how to write out the answer to the problem. I explain
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Updated 10/08 Are you looking for a way to differentiate instruction and meet the needs of your early finishers in math class? A math contract consists of a grid of math activity choices based upon my math curriculum. My students are expected to
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am entering in my 12th year in the teaching profession. I have taught grades 3 and 4, as well as a gifted program grades K-6. I am currently teaching 3rd grade.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am a creative and passionate teacher, with much emphasis on Higher Order Thinking Skills. I previously instructed teachers in the Dimensions of Learning model, so that is evident in many of my units. With the push for test prep in school, I like to teach as thematically as possible to help the students uncover our curriculum. I find that the students make better connections and it provides a natural scaffold that way.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

In May of 2010, I received the Teacher of the Month award from my school district. My students nominated me, saying I "teach[ing] students that everything we need to learn is on our fingertips. She is smart, funny and kind." I have also been honored by the superintendent for putting forth extra effort with special needs students (both high and low), and a class filled with many behavior challenges. In my previous district, I was selected to train teachers along with my Superintendent/Asst. Superintendent for the Dimensions of Learning model. I also completed my thesis on comparing the Dimensions of Learning model with Full Option Science Systems vs. the traditional textbook in a science classroom. My shining teaching moments are always when that light bulb goes on in a students' head- the moment you know they've "got it", as cliche as that sounds.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) with a undergraduate degree in Elementary Education/minor in music, and I also received my Masters in Science Education K-8 from the same school.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I enjoy teaching dance lessons on the side, and I enjoy integrating the arts into my lessons and units.