Idiot's Guide to Teaching

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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Keep them accountable for their silent reading time!
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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.
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Do you have students struggling with fluency? This quick reference prescription chart can help you immediately address every fluency issue. It includes strategies, descriptions and even some PDF files to help target every instructional level -
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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'
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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
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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
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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
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Are you being asked to write and use common assessments for ELA? Are your Professional Learning Communities using common assessments to determine whether or not your students have mastered the concept? Are you looking at student work to compare the
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This has it all! Anchor chart for training students, do's and don't's and up to 10 different roles you can use depending on the grade/ability level of your students. There is also a response to literature reflection sheet and a rubric you can use to
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Includes not only the usual story elements - settings, character, events, also includes an opportunity for students to include their personal thoughts and reactions.
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The best way to learn a new concept is to teach it! This strategy requires students to use discussion skills, prediction, questioning, clarifying and summarizing - all while teaching their small group or partner about the topic. Great cooperative
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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 -
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Using thought/speech clouds. It's unique.
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Literature Circles are an incredible way to further reading comprehension and critical thinking. But keeping the kids accountable? Ensuring everyone has something worthwhile to say? This is it! Students will come to literature discussions with
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Most students need support in order to annotate text and interact with text properly. Here are 9 sticky notes and codes to help them do just that! Easy to use and remember, these will help your students learn to read closely and critically even when
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Just about the toughest task we ask of our students and often a skill they have never been directly taught. This quick and easy guide will get children thinking and make summarizing not only doable, but also fun. This gives them explicit parameters
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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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