James Charnock

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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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By James Charnock
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,
Subjects:
Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson
$4.00
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Printables
$4.00
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
Graphic Arts, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
PreK, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas
$4.00
4
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
Geography, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 9th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities
$6.00
4
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By James Charnock
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-stage fright skills
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Drama
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities
$4.00
6
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
Visual Arts, Other (Arts)
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
$4.00
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson
$4.00
2
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By James Charnock
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.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson
$4.00
3
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
Reading, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson
$2.00
6
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
Poetry, Drama
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Scripts
$2.00
3
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
Math, Arithmetic
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans
$3.00
2
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
Geography, Writing
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities
$4.00
1
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By James Charnock
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.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson
$4.00
1
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By James Charnock
[I JUST 3-MIL LAMINATED 20 LB INK JET PAPER AND IT CAME OUT QUITE RIGID. THUS, YOU MAY NOT WISH TO BUY 110 LB CARD STOCK, AN ADDED EXPENSE. BUT YOU DO NEED TO LAMINATE AND 1-MILL IS NEITHER STIFF NOR PROTECTIVE ENOUGH--YES, THEY WILL GET TORN.
Subjects:
Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Games
$4.00
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson
$4.00
1
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By James Charnock
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,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Visual Arts
Grades:
8th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Flash Cards, Games
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (0.97 MB)
By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables
$4.00
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By James Charnock
Once students understand fractions and percent it's time to put this knowledge to use. This is a fun activity. Students will first practice surveying their classmates, then go out into "the field" (other cooperating classes or in the supervised
Subjects:
Math, Graphing
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson
$4.00
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By James Charnock
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson
$2.00
2
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By James Charnock
You've worked very diligently to help Johnny or Mary to read, but they are getting far behind and nothing seems to work. Barring any emotional, visual, or neurological impairment, why not try an approach you may not have thought of? Definition:
Subjects:
Literature, Reading
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Centers
$2.00
1
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

NOTE: NEEDED APOSTROPHES AND QUOTE MARKS ARE ELIMINATED HEREIN BECAUSE THEY DISCOMBOBULATE THE WORD. 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 last one-room schoolhouses in Maryland, 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 Whos Who Among Americas™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 Whos 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, geography, picture books, and middle school/junior high classroom art. For 21 years he volunteered his time to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and is continuing this tradition via being an active member of the Structures Crew of the Friends of the Wissahickon Park in NW Philadelphia, PA. He has also taught an adult course and held workshops 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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