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Let's... "Guide the Child, Salvage the Old" (chiseled on a park bench in Golden Gate Park) **More stuff to come!**
 
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Your class just listened to a song of inspiration, read a gut-wrenching poem, watched a powerful speech given by Barack Obama. Upon reflection, what did that song, poem, speech, etc. SOUND like, FEEL like, TASTE like (YES it does!), LOOK like, SMELL
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Character Traits Handout that lists more than 75 character traits/attributes with an opportunity for students to add their own! Very useful for lessons that focus on INFERENCING SKILLS. Meant to be combined with Free!!! Character Map Graphic
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Have your Cub “Reporters” use their investigative journalism skills to uncover and dig deeper into the Main Idea of any story with this fun and engaging, The 5 W’s Graphic Organizer. Use stand alone or incorporate this organizer with the greater
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To demonstrate their comprehension of literature from chapter books to comic books (even with lyrics, poetry, videos, and so forth), students utilize this graphic organizer to identify the key story elements. Icons specific to each element can
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During Independent Reading Time or during Reader’s Workshop, do your students just breeze past unfamiliar words. STOP! There are three reading strategies (Word Knowledge) they can use to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words: Context Clues,
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Thematic Daily Quick Writes that tap students' critical thinking skills and provides for greater classroom discussions the following day (or at the end of the week when the handout is completed). Perfect for a Community/Character Building Classroom
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Students analyze/evaluate each others writing using this nifty graphic organizer. Perfect during the writing process and upon publishing. Student feedback helps the author improve their work because the critiques generally specific AND positive in
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Based on the colors of an ordinary Traffic Signal, students use this Color-Coded system to produce and write a coherent paragraph. Included in this unit are Bulletin Board Placards and a “hard copy” of the Traffic Signal System (Road to the
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From the simplest to the most elaborate experiments, students today are being required to perform these experiments using the Scientific Method. And for good reason: many and most jobs in this new millennium are and will be science-based. Think
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Add to your Rich Print Classroom Environment and support student comprehension skills by displaying these Literary Connection Placards! (or print a copy for each student!) Recommendation: Print on a heavier stock paper and laminate for long lasting
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An all purpose, all subject KWL Graphic Organizer. Visually enticing to keep students thoughts more organized and later useful as a strong reference tool.
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A PowerPoint Presentation that introduces the "Traffic Signal System," a color-coded tool that supports students in their quest to produce and write the Perfect Paragraph. This PowerPoint Presentation has high quality graphics, animation and sounds
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Add ZING! to your Print Rich Environment with these original KA-POWerful! Figurative Language Placards for your Bulletin Board. Great for students to refer to when they strive (and with your encouragement) to add OOOMPH! to their writing. BAM!!!
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Graphic Organizer. Enables students to list character traits they've inferred while reading a story and provide the evidence.
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Inspire your Students to complete their homework by having them log their daily homework assignments on these highly graphic and theme-oriented of-the-season calendars. They include inspirational and motivational quotes, light activities, and
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What better way to understand the literary skill of Compare/Contrast (and at the same token, the process of inferencing) than to have your students Compare and Contrast themselves to a main character in a piece of literature. There’s even a place
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To reinforce the principles and beliefs of Martin Luther King, Jr., students decide in this kinesthetic activity whether various “Facts” read aloud about MLK, Jr. are True or False by moving to either side of the classroom where True/False signs are
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COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY, COMMUNITY! It's a fact. Empower your students, lift their self-esteem, build strong peer to peer relationships and incredible learning will take place in any classroom, not to mention it creates an environment conducive to a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Currently a Multiple Subject 5th Grade Teacher for a Major Urban School District in Northern California. Have previously taught for the two largest school districts in the country - NYC and Los Angeles. Most at home at the most challenging and diverse public schools. Earlier was a tech teacher and supervised a cluster of schools for an award-winning after school program. I graduated from a Big 10 university with a degree from their renowned journalism school which afforded me the opportunity to work in public television news and public affairs and later for a variety of cable and network television shows.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style and pedagogy is predicated on social justice principals. I align my teaching to student centered, constructivist, paradigms. I believe technology is a necessary component in lesson development and delivery, as well as harnessing the personal devices students utilize in their daily lives. I also adhere to the pursuit of creating a strong community of learners in numerous ways that are reflective of the diversity of cultures I continue to have the privilege of serving.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Future City Competition - Western Region - Environmental Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I didn't choose teaching as a career. Rather, it chose me. I began as a radio/tv production teacher at a vocational school in the Upper Midwest. My undergraduate degree is from Indiana University-Bloomington. I received my credential from Antioch University-Los Angeles. If anything, I continue to pursue Life Long Learning enrichment opportunities, such as, but notwithstanding, attendance at Writer's/Reader's Workshops at Columbia University's Teacher's College.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Creative person with a depth of knowledge, thanks to my background in communications, to develop curriculum that appeals to students of the 21st Century.

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