James Charnock

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"The task of the teacher is to stimulate apparently ordinary people to unusual effort; not identifying winners, but making them".
 
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Computer or not, letter-writing skills and formats have to be learned. Here are sometimes-silly, reproducible assignments: concrete, simple, and short--a real time-saver for the teacher. (Grades 4-8) www.TheEducationalFreelancer.com
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Thankfully chosen as one of the five best weekly freebies by TpT-related, top-selling blogger, Margaret Whisnant, at www.TakingGrades.blogspot.com. See her comment/paragraph immediately below. Then read more about this approach. "This author's
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Get those students out of their seats and performing in other classrooms! This easy-to-follow program not only engenders student excitement (yes, they're fearful, at first), but teaches the maturing public speaking and anti-stange fright skills
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If you have to teach any middle or upper elementary students who are really PRIMARY students, skill-wise, you need a shortcut to getting phonetic and word attack skills across. Check out these unusual, non-traditional, yet effective ideas. (Grades
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I apologize that I could not number the pages, but because there are varied margins, a different number of columns (on and off), and graphics that move into some margins, numbering simply tended to discombobulate the whole article. This prevented me
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Learning paragraphing from trade or textbooks is about as appetizing as chewing leather. They are not enaging, not intellectually stimulating (that's their stated purpose, I believe), and, to some extent, not even correct. Teachers stand up and
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These templates for bulletin board letters are not pristine in appearance—being scanned copies of used templates—but they are unique in style and will look quite attractive once printed and traced on colored paper. You will not find these at Google
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Originally, this article was sent to a well-known math journal and was REJECTED. I called to find out why. The answer was astounding. The anonymous reviewers admitted that, yes, this is a short and foolproof way to get the correct answer to
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Often it's the comedian who tells a very short story and gets a laugh...or not. Herein, you will learn how to instill traditional storytelling skills in your students. The result may be funny or amazing or trickery, but always awesome. At the end
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This is not one of those "you ought to do this, but I'm not going to lead you by the hand" articles. I tell you WHAT diary writing really is, WHY it is important, HOW to conduct your program---and give a list of intriguing topics to use in a pinch.
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Why let the class clown get all the attention? Here's an engaging drama-like activity that allows the whole class to participate in one way or another: choral speaking, a cappella singing (unless you play an instrument), art work, drama, and being
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Bulletin Board Letters for Tracing These templates for bulletin board letters are not pristine in appearance—being scanned copies or tracings of used templates—but they are unique in style and
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Sounds easy enough, but there's a technique to such things, you know. Provides an example of two types of interviewing. Students will love the social interaction, too. (Grades 4-12) REVIEW BY MARGARET WHISNANT,A TOP TPT CONTRIBUTOR AND SELLER,
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"Memory writing" is simple, engaging, very logical, and very elementary, my dear teacher. But it's only elementary because it's basic, and its a wonderful starting, and continuing, point--not just for creative and expository compositions, but
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You would never guess from the single title that this is a capitalization and punctuation activity. No one has it, and publishers have refused to publish it because "teachers will find it too easy to copy," as one put it. It's physically,
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Even that little brat of a kid torturing an ant is doing some research: He has questions, has formed a hypothesis, is testing it, and is finding a conclusion. This best-I've-ever-used approach for research-writing projects is admittedly more
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They've been done for decades and will be for decades more. This article gives both teacher and student EXAMPLES--from "fanciful fiction" to "minority" book reports. Includes book lists and a "Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down" student-rating chart.
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Some ideas just don't sink in easily; you have to pound them, gently, in this case. This is a sneaky way to get across those skills of beginning categorizing, paragraphing, researching and article or compositional writing, especially of
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ON 1/8/2012, CHOSEN BY TPT AS ONE OF THE BEST TEN FREE DOWNLOADS. Sometimes creativity does have a way of getting out of hand--especially in children. So, herein, you'll get fun ideas off the beaten path that yet allow you to
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These are five activities/games which students in grades 4 through 8 enjoy while learning basic and intermediate geographic directions. Make one or more part of your social studies/science curriculum. They also fit into reading and literature
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

James Charnock, M.Ed, a teacher of 30 years at the elementary and junior high levels, is the author of many articles (some included herein) that have appeared in teacher magazines and professional journals. THE CREATIVE TEACHER: ACTIVITIES FOR LANGUAGE ARTS (GRADES 4 THROUGH 8 AND UP) is his second book--from which some of his TpT articles came. He has written one other book, MT. HOREB: THE LITTLE WHITE SCHOOLHOUSE ON LITTLE DEER CREEK, about the memories and 180-year history of one of Maryland’s last one-room schoolhouses, which he attended as a primary student; it is also a treatise on the issue of smaller schools. In addition to creating educationally-oriented market products, he was for several years a feature writer for a national reading journal ("The Reading Teacher" of the International Reading Association) and has served on the editorial board of a national English journal ("Language Arts" of the National Council of Teachers of English). He has always preferred the action of the classroom, and as a certified reading-language arts specialist, has also served as a mentor teacher. Former students have honored him four times (less than one-half of one percent of teachers are so honored even twice) by placing him in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers—“The best teachers in America selected by the best students.†They chose him as “the teacher who made a difference.†He has also been listed in Who’s Who in the East. Mr. Charnock lives in a suburb of Philadelphia where he continues as a freelance writer, often serving as a conference seminar speaker on the teaching of writing and middle school/junior high classroom art. He also volunteers his time to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and has taught an adult course in paper art.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In both math and English-Language Arts my style has always been what is now faddishly called "differentiation". This approach was recognized and blurbed about by a prominent endorser of my 2011 book, THE CREATIVE TEACHER: ACTIVITIES FOR LANGUAGE ARTS (GRADES 4 THROUGH 8 AND UP).

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

See "Experience," above.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Temple University: MEd, K-8 administrative certification; University of PA: Reading-Language Arts Specialist certification; Teacher of 30 years: Philadelphia

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For downloadable freebies and templates in teaching art in the middle grades and junior high visit my (G-rated) professional-personal website: TheEducationalFreelancer.com.

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