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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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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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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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
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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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Keep them accountable for their silent reading time!
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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You know what you are teaching and why, but does your administrator? This planner puts the standards for reading literary text at your fingertips as you plan your instruction. It includes a breakdown of words/phrases at the various DOK (Depth of
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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
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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
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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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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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