Idiot's Guide to Teaching

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Get your kiddos writing and having fun at the same time using this organizer. It breaks down the process of writing a tall tale one paragraph at a time while also encouraging the creation of similes, metaphors, and vivid verbs. Use this with the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
RL.5.1, RL.5.3, RL.5.5, RL.5.9, W.5.1
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This resource contains examples of the craft/technique writers use - that of using a great "hook" to engage readers. It uses a variety of examples from current children's literature picture books to teach students how the writer gets the story
Subjects:
Literature, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Minilessons
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
One of the toughest tasks teachers have - evaluating and grading writing! Here is the ESSENTIAL rubric based on the 6 Traits of writing. Can be used for both narrative and expository genres.
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing
Grades:
4th
Types:
Rubrics
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Great scaffolding tool. Students use teacher led tips for predicting and thinking about text. Then students check the viability of their predictions and measure their own understanding.
Subjects:
Writing, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
One of the toughest tasks teachers have - evaluating and grading writing! Here is the ESSENTIAL rubric based on the 6 Traits of writing. Can be used for both narrative and expository genres.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Rubrics
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Interested in taking your students into higher level thinking skills? Socratic Seminar is the perfect way to do it. Using open-ended questioning and conversation, students are encouraged to think about issues, thoughts and ideas. One of the greatest
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.L.1
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Great tool for teaching students how to critically analyze content area text. To be used with textbooks, but also when examining primary and secondary source materials. Teach your students this technique at the beginning of the year and it's a skill
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RI.4.8, RI.4.9, RI.4.10, RI.5.8, RI.5.9, RI.5.10, RI.6.8, RI.6.9, RI.6.10
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Keep them accountable for their silent reading time!
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Novel Study
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Whether you are working with guided reading groups or the whole class, you know it is essential that children are reading at the appropriate level. This chart combines as many of the reading measures as can fit on one page - from age and grade level
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Teacher Manuals
$1.99
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Great scaffolding piece for non-fiction reading. Teach students to recognize text structures by using signal words. Then students can manage retells, summaries, responses to text, etc.
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th
Types:
Classroom Forms
CCSS:
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.5.1, RI.5.2
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
You know what you are teaching and why, but does your administrator? This planner puts the standards for writing informational or persuasive text at your fingertips as you plan your instruction. It includes a breakdown of words/phrases at the
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Writing-Expository
Grades:
5th
Types:
Professional Documents
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Use this guide to not only teach why we differentiate between primary and secondary sources but critical thinking as well. This simple guide can be used for every source document you present in your daily social studies or science curriculum. Get
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Close Reading
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Minilessons
CCSS:
RI.5.2, RI.5.9, RI.5.10, RH.6-8.1
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Focus your students' comprehension using this guide - whether retelling verbally or in writing this will help kids better understand the text. This checklist breaks the text into beginning, middle and end and requires students to think about changes
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Handouts, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.L.1
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
A quick and easy guide to help you determine instructional reading levels for all your kiddos - simple to use whether reading a DIBELS passage or grade level passages this guide will also help you determine error patterns for your instructional
Subjects:
Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.R.10
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Writer's Workshop writing teaching is done using Anchor Charts. These anchor charts are then posted around the room (sometimes laminated and placed into a binder) so that children can review them as often as necessary. This also accounts for
Subjects:
Writing-Expository, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Thematic Unit Plans, Posters
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Close reading requires metacognition. Anticipation guides are an excellent way for readers to access prior knowledge, read a passage and then determine the viability of the predictions they have made. Try this quick and easy way to access students'
Subjects:
Writing, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Do you have students who struggle with comprehension? This easy to use chart helps you choose interventions that will work based on each students' needs! Look through dozens of interventions and use the one that most perfectly fits your student -
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Classroom Forms
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.10
$10.99
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
Are you being asked by your administration to conduct professional learning communities? Create common assessments to measure student progress and teacher effectiveness on critical skills? Look no further. These 10 assessments will tell you in very
Subjects:
Writing, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
3rd
Types:
Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.3, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5
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By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
After diagnosing student needs using the portfolio checklist, use this template to strategically plan all writing instruction mini-lessons. These consist of craft/technique lessons, procedures & organization lessons, strategies and process, and
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Literature, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Minilessons, Classroom Forms, Graphic Organizers
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.W.10
$0.99
Digital Download PDF (0.03 MB)
By Idiot's Guide to Teaching
You know what you are teaching and why, but does your administrator? This planner puts the standards for reading informational text at your fingertips as you plan your instruction. It includes a breakdown of words/phrases at the various DOK (Depth
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text
Grades:
5th
Types:
Professional Documents
$0.99
Digital Download PDF (0.09 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Twenty-two years in education - all grades taught. Four years assistant principal, two years principal, nine years teacher coach. Additionally, national presenter in ELA. writing and CCSS.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Inquiry-based constructivist.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Golden Apple Teacher of the Year - School District Eleven, 1999 Graduate Student of the Year - UCCS, 1994

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MA + 96 Curriculum and instruction Educational leadership Reading Specialist

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My educational philosophy ... Education : the word originates from the root 'e', from 'ex' meaning out and 'duco' meaning I lead. The word literally means a leading out - the leading out of knowledge. My work ethic ... Work Smarter, Not Harder Why Do I Call it the Idiot's Guide to Teaching? Because I can make your teaching life simple, fast, efficient and fun all in one! My personal life .... Great husband, four terrific kids, two dogs, one cat, many fantastic friends! My hobbies ... Hiking, traveling, photography, writing, gardening My best hopes for TpT ..... I hope to share some of the hundreds of items I've created over a career and maybe I'll make a little money!

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