It's a Teacher Thing

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Free! Here's a quick way to focus the class before a session of independent reading or writing. The Reading Record-Status of the Class sheet helps you track student independent reading whenever you'd like. It's part of my larger Reading Response
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I created the Positive Thoughts Poster several years ago. I have it hanging on the inside of my classroom door so it's the last thing students see before leaving. I do a quick mini-lesson about the statements on the poster, and then I use the
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Free and differentiated. Utilize these two leveled character trait lists (grades 5-7 and 6-10) with more than 300 character traits. It benefits students to keep a Character Trait List in their binders all year for use when responding to prompts
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Free! Who said grammar can't be fun??? Use the Subject and Predicate Activities from It's a Teacher Thing to liven up your lessons and student learning. You’ll receive the following: *56-complete subject slips with solid borders (with an option of
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Free! The Positive Thought Posters were created with the idea of spreading just that: POSITIVE THOUGHTS. I wanted something in my classroom that kids could read when their eyes are wandering. I also have them on the door, so when students leave
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Question and Comment Stems for Discussion and Group Work is a freebie from It’s a Teacher Thing and addresses the Common Core State Standards. Help your students build confidence and feel more comfortable during group work, partner work, and
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A simple tool for your Back-to-School Night or Family Night, this Sign-In Sheet is a must-use at the beginning of the year. Get the essential information you need to help your classroom run smoothly. Here are a few other products from It's a
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Freebie! Close Reading for Teachers is for grades 4-8. Familiarize yourself with the basics of Close Reading. Included you'll find What is Close Reading How to Implement Close Reading in the Classroom Close Reading Anchor Chart Annotation
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This list of themes found in literature is a perfect resource for your students' binders. It contains more than 40 common themes found in literature and essential notes on theme. You and your students can add to the list throughout the year. This
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Increase student productivity and time on task with this effective, easy-to-use graph. Students target a specific goal, you set the timer, then off they go. Stopping and reflecting on progress at intervals is the key. Part of a larger unit (still
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Teaching our students how to carry on a conversation is an essential life skill. It’s important that our students receive direct instruction on how to engage in a civil conversation. Specifically, students need to practice how to agree, disagree,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching 22 years, most of this in middle school language arts and social studies. I specialize in integrating resource students into my mainstream classroom and differentiating student assignments. Prior to my current sixth grade position, I taught third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I'm a hands-on kind of teacher. Currently, I teach an integrated resource core combining language arts and social studies. I typically have ten students with IEP goals included in my sixth grade class of 25-30. Most of my plans allow for modifications depending on learning styles, IEP goals, and/or the needs of all learners. I combine objectives, and many of my units integrate reading, writing, and social studies.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received a degree in sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before I decided to become a teacher, I worked for five years as a full-time instructional aide in junior high classrooms. My teaching degree is from Humboldt State University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I consider teaching to be an art. I love the creativity of collaborating with colleagues to create lessons and discuss strategies. There's a thrill involved in honing the craft of teaching. I was also a bouncer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I think this may help in the classroom. :) Thanks to Laine from A Little Peace of Africa for the logo and banner. You'll find Laine at www.peaceofafrica.com.

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