Igniting Minds

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"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." --John Cotton Dana
 
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By Igniting Minds
If you're in need of an engaging and rigorous mythology unit for your readers, look no further. This common-core aligned reading unit includes a variety of mini-lessons, assessments, and reading activities that will inspire your students to dig
Subjects:
Reading, Literature
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Assessment, Minilessons, Rubrics
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.7
$10.00
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By Igniting Minds
Has your school started a blogging initiative? Are you looking for ways to extend student learning? Wondering how to inspire your readers and writers and connect them to the real world? Well, this pack may be your answer. In this must-have
Subjects:
Instructional Technology, Writing, For All Subjects
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Assessment, Internet Activities
$5.00
7 ratings
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By Igniting Minds
There's no better way to end a round of Literature Circle discussions with an extension project that invites students to synthesize their learning and create something unique. In this Literature Circle Extension Projects Pack, you'll receive five
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Oral Communication
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Literature Circles, Rubrics
CCSS:
K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.B.4c
$3.00
4 ratings
4.0
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By Igniting Minds
Looking for a way to boost public speaking AND foster a love of reading in your classes? Try this effective book talk planning sheet and rubric to get students up in front of the class to share their favorite books. This framework requires
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Other (ELA), Tools for Common Core
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other
CCSS:
SL.6.4
$1.00
2 ratings
3.8
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By Igniting Minds
Looking for a way to invite your students to respond to their reading with rich and meaningful responses? Try using the Reading Response Red Light. With it, students will learn to make strong claims, find evidence from the text for support, and
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Printables, Rubrics
CCSS:
RL.4.1, RL.4.2, RL.4.3, RL.4.4, RL.4.5, RL.4.6
$3.00
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By Igniting Minds
Whether you are a novice or an old hand at Literature Circles, here's a set of tried and true lessons, frameworks, and assessment resources that boost discussion skills and reading responses. From book selection to final assessments, these
Subjects:
Reading, Literature, Informational Text
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Minilessons, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.3, RL.6.4, RL.6.5, SL.6.1, SL.6.1a, SL.6.1b, SL.6.1c, SL.6.1d
$3.00
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By Igniting Minds
You've heard of SMART goals, but have you heard of reaching for the STARS? With this easy framework, invite your students to set ambitious goals and actively work towards achieving them in a timely manner. After all, research shows that when
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas, Character Education
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Other, Printables
FREE
3 ratings
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Share this one-of-a-kind inspirational (and kooky) video with colleagues and students as a great way to kick off your school year and set some ambitious goals. (Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLZsW0v7oC4)
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Other, Video Files
FREE
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By Igniting Minds
Want to get a handle on Fountas & Pinnell levelling and Text Bands? Check out my video and find out which Text Band comes out on top in the Battle of the Text Bands. (Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RrSb0xKuiE)
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading, Literature
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Other, Video Files
FREE
1 rating
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By Igniting Minds
Wondering how to invite students to think at a deeper level while responding to a text? How about embedding some real-world digital citizenship lessons at the same time? Well here's your chance. In this reading extension project, students
Subjects:
Reading, Other (ELA), Literature
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Assessment, Literature Circles
CCSS:
RL.6.3, RL.6.5
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By Igniting Minds
As many of us know, one of our most important jobs is to know who our students are as readers and writers. Here are two quick and easy surveys that give you information on what your students think and feel about reading and writing. There are also
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Writing
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Homework
FREE
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching for over 20 years in public, private, and international schools has taught me one thing: Good teachers never cease to learn. From my classrooms in Connecticut, Jakarta, Prague, and Singapore, I've continued to fine-tune my craft by analyzing student work and reflecting on my own reading and writing. Along the way, I've created lessons that ignite passion and inspire learning. Hopefully some of them will do just that for you.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I create a robust culture of learning in my classroom through a student-centered, workshop approach. As active learners, we set ambitious goals and pursue them relentlessly while leaning on mentor texts and each other for guidance and feedback. At the same time, we develop effective frameworks of thinking that make complex concepts accessible and visible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Yet to be added

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Dickinson College; M.A. (Teaching and Curriculum) Michigan State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I grew up on a steady diet of treehouses and sand castles. As a kid, I never realized the power of writing. I would always chew on my pencil instead of on my ideas. It wasn’t until much later that I became a self-confessed write-a-holic, and now I can’t imagine my life without it. When I'm not busy clacking away at the keyboard, you can find me playing Polly Pockets (with my two daughters, of course), marching in parades with my bagpipes, and searching for the perfect ice cream flavor. Some day you may see my name on the cover of a nonfiction book about spies, but for now, I'm content exploring new ideas for my readers on my blog (http://rileysreflectingpool.blogspot.sg/). I currently live in Singapore with my wife and kids, but I often feel my New England roots tugging at me, especially during the winter months.

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