Gideon Twigg

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Students can use this checklist to assess themselves after a discussion. It was aligned with the CCSS Speaking and Listening standards for 8th grade but could easily be used in other grades. I used this with my struggling readers to help them
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This rubric was designed for use with 8th grade students and is aligned to the CCSS. Students see this rubric before discussion, have it with them during discussion, and reflect using it after discussion. The teacher can easily track kinds of
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This 2 page document gives an overview for middle school students (or older students as well) of the components and steps in writing a good essay. A generic graphic organizer that can be used for all essays and a mnemonic for the parts of an essay
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This 8 page document includes the following: -"The Rules of SSR" that explains expectations for this time -"Book Log" which sets the goal at 20 books for the year but has room for 20 more books on the back -"Books I Want to Read" gives
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 12 years. In that time, I have worked with students in kindergarten through 8th grade. I have spent the last 6 years teaching 8th grade English so the materials I am posting come from that because they are the most current, up-to-date plans.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My kids are guided towards reading between the lines and really analyzing the messages, bigger meanings, and symbols in the text. Most of my lessons feature discussion in a variety of forms--with partners, in small groups, or as a class. They also strive to keep students engaged by varying the activities within the lesson and posing questions that really make students think and spark debate. Additionally, I tend to use Socratic questioning to lead students to the answer rather than tell them the answers.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I currently serve as our English/Language Arts department chair. I have presented at local conference, state, national, and international conferences on issues related to teaching. I presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education's International conference, as well as the National Title I Conference. I also do technology training for Harford County Public Schools. Also, I received the Action Research Prize from Goucher College for my research on using cooperative reading strategies to raise the reading achievement of struggling readers.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my Bachelor's degree from James Madison University in Virginia in 2001 and my master's degree from Goucher College in Maryland in 2006.

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