Experienced Educator

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Here's a fun, engaging "Mystery Unit" that I do with my middle school students... In my opinion, this unit is fun for all types of learners and abilities. I have included my full 16 page "Contract" that provide students an opportunity to pick
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Short Stories
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$7.00
13 ratings
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I LOVE this Children's Book Unit... I've done this (in one way or another) with my students for many years and I love watching all my writer's go through the writing process and come away with a story that they are proud of and that reflects all
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans
$7.00
10 ratings
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I have always had my middle school students write a year-long autobiography. Every quarter, the students complete 2-3 "Chapters." Each Chapter deals with a theme (Family, Friends, Likes and Dislikes, etc.). At the end of the year, students are
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Activities
$5.00
2 ratings
4.0
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Ok, if you're like me and you've taught long enough, eventually you'll be asked to plan a "field day." Well, this happened to me last school year so I tried to do my best to plan fun, engaging activities along with integrating a popular movie (Star
Subjects:
Physical Education, Back to School, End of Year
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$15.00
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Ok, so I jumped on the 'Digital Story Bandwagon' and I'm glad that I did... In fact, my students did a very nice job creating stories that had a strong message/meaning (allegorical) and their use of technology knocked me off my feet!! Check out
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Short Stories, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Minilessons
$3.00
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I find that this assignment is great to lead off the year with in order to give students a slight peak into the areas that they will be delving into in my 7th Grade English Language Arts Class. The 4 focuses (Reading, Writing, Listening and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA)
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Minilessons, Games
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As an English Teacher, do you inherit students year after year that don't like ELA?! Well, I do. How I try to "tackle" this problem is through comparing Reading and Writing to things that students do (and do well). This 2 page handout will help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
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In my classroom, I'm always asking my students to "think outside the box," but many don't know exactly what I'm talking about. Well, after going over this handout (with examples) students have a better idea of what that expression means. In fact,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Minilessons
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By Experienced Educator
This is a reading strategy activity that I do with my middle school classes. The strategy is called SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recall, Review). I find this strategy especially helpful for students reading informational/expository texts. This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
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3 ratings
4.0
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By Experienced Educator
Here's a handout that I use for my students to provide information about PROPAGANDA. Students will look at the differences between truth, validity and logic. They'll also be introduced to the many forms of propaganda used in commercials,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
FREE
2 ratings
4.0
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In this activity, students are to create a visual (poster, video, slide show, etc.) that goes along with our "Coming of Age" Unit. In class, the students are reading a "Coming of Age" Novel so I thought making personal connections would be a great
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Video Files
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In this quick writing activity, students will be given an acronym (STAR) which will help bring their writing from "good" to "GREAT!" By using the 4 components (Substitute, Take Out, Add and Reword), students will spice up any piece of narrative
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
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By Experienced Educator
Do your students have trouble deciphering and following through with rubrics? Mine do. Every year I find students pass in assignments with pieces missing or not completed even though they were clearly on the rubric... Ugh!! Now, I pass this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
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By Experienced Educator
Here's an activity that students can do to "dissect" a poem and dig deeper into its meaning... This activity uses S.O.A.P.S.Tone along with other strategies that fit most forms and poetic subject matter...
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Poetry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Minilessons
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4.0
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In order to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, I organize a "Read Across America Day" in my classroom. This handout explains the origins of the day and also shares some activities we do. For example, I have my students participate in a "book
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Minilessons
FREE
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4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been coaching and teaching at the middle school level for 20+ years... In those years, I've taught many different subjects, focusing on a plethora of learning styles and even dabbled in administration. I'm currently teaching 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like to think of my classroom as "controlled chaos." My students are usually moving, talking and (if I'm doing my job) learning from myself and their peers. My goal day in and day out is for students to learn by doing!!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Golden Apple Award 2012 Apple Teacher 2017

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have taught for the last 20+ years at the middle school level. I have taught English Language Arts, Social Studies, Reading, Writing and Math. My team experiences range from a two person team to a five person team (and everything in the middle!) I've also coached basketball, baseball, softball, football and even tried my hand at Athletic Director. I LOVE sports which makes coaching a "cherry on top" of my teaching career. In the past, I've substituted for the school's principal and vice principal. The time in the office just makes me appreciate my classroom that much more :)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in southern Maine with my wife (who teaching French, Spanish and ELL), Holden (6 years old), Wilson (4 year old), and my dogs (Apollo and Murphy).

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