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Learning to probe for more in-depth study prepares students for the many research papers they will be asked to write in their future years of education. Beginning researchers must learn to narrow a topic from a general topic to a more specific one.
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Overview: Note-taking, or paraphrasing, is defined as taking the words of another and putting those words or ideas into your own words. Paraphrasing for comprehension is writing those ideas to learn material presented. Using all the modes of
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Overview: The importance of understanding the basis of our government is important to every citizen of the United States. This unit provides a condensed and understandable interpretation of the Constitution using terms that young people can
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Abstract: This is a lesson to help students understand themselves and others. They will discuss stereotypes, tolerance, fairness, culture, racism, etc. Role-play will allow students to put themselves into situations where they might be
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This is a multi-task unit using the Navajo Code Talkers of WWII as the source of information. Students learn the history of these brave, but slowly disappearing, soldiers of WWII while learning literacy tasks as varied as writing poetry. using
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Abstract: Have you ever wondered what to do to make the history book come alive? Or how to involve students in their learning with hands on projects? Or what to do with those students who finish every thing you give them quickly and sit looking
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Abstract: During World War II, and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a naval base in Oahu, Hawaii, Americans became frightened that the Japanese might also bomb the western coast of the United States. They felt that the Japanese Americans living
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Myths are some of the oldest stories in the world. For over 2,000 years they have been handed down from on generation to another. In mythology gods and goddesses have magical powers, heroes are strong and brave, and nature is explained. This
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Abstract: So much history has been learned from the letters and diaries that were so carefully and thoughtfully written in the past. Today, letter writing is a lost art, replaced by the cell phone and email. Lives are busy with little time to sit
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Overview: This unit of study will ask students to become familiar with the Dewey Decimal System, the many different sources of information available in libraries, and how technology can be used in the research process. It will utilize web links to
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Overview: It is never too soon to think about the future! Students, in just a few short years, will become life long learners and workers; it is important for them to know themselves, their abilities, and their interests in order to fulfill their
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I'm sure you've experienced the following situations: It's late in the afternoon, you're tired, and ready to go home. All of a sudden, your principal calls you in to tell you that he's "chosen" you to go to an all day meeting at the district
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While most students know and love the game of baseball, many do not realize that the great African American players in the major leagues today would not have been allowed to play in the first half of the 20th Century. Segregation existed in the
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Overview: There are many copies of the Declaration of Independence for students to read; however, with the language in which it is written and the use of "f" for "s", it is often confusing and difficult to comprehend. With a copy written in more
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Abstract: While most scientists agree that the Earth's temperature is rising, not all agree that man has contributed to that warming. Rather, some think that the Earth is experiencing a climate change much like those created during the Ice Age.
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Abstract: With the Know Child Left Behind Act, testing has become high-stakes for students, teachers, schools, and school districts; much rests on the results! While in the early years students learn the fundamentals of reading through phonics and
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Each year new teachers come into the building and each year student teachers are brought into the classroom looking for all the wisdom that teachers can share. We all have some, mostly humorous, but packed with a punch of truth! This collection
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Overview: As Hispanics have been adding to America's culture, they have also protected their own separate culture. It is this culture that you are to research. As you research and read, you are to create an ABC book of the Hispanic culture. ABC
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With the use of media today, information is only a click away. That said, however, it is important for students to understand the workings of the library system. Hopefully, books and libraries will be a part of generations to come, and being able
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Most children are taught fairy tales by their parents very early in life, and with television and the movies, there probably isn't a child who hasn't danced with Cinderella or waited with Snow White for her Prince Charming. Fairy tales are a part
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Like most of you reading this profile, I am a lover of children, a care-giver, and a dedicated teacher. I spent 32 years in the classroom before retiring several years ago. During my tenure as a teacher in the elementary grades, I was on a myriad of writing committees, including those that developed the benchmarks for the district. As a literacy coach, I was able to present at both local and state levels at both the Reading and Math conferences. I co-authored a book, Beyond Book Buddies, by Corwin Press. I have also written for the internet and been a critical reader for both Scott Foresman and Corwin Press. As a teacher I wrote and received many grants at both the state and local level. During these last years, I have been writing units of study for my daughter who teaches in Texas. She has been able to use and adapt them for her Special Ed students of high school age, a task for all teachers using units and lessons of study written by others. The method of teaching should be the decision of the teacher and should meet the needs of the students he/she teaches.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style was eclectic, but I did everything I could to involve students in their learning. I believed in being a facilitator rather than a lecturer. I hated dittos and used textbooks as a reference tool. Because of my product oriented philosophy, I started writing my own units of study during my first years of teaching, not finding them in the references that I had. I developed studies that went across the curriculum and involved differentiated instruction. I have used Easy Books as introduction and patterned units after them. My preference is to write through social studies and bring in all of the literature standards that I are applicable. I have team taught, taught only one or two subjects and all the students in the grade level, and looped. My favorite through the years has been to teach all of the subjects to all of my classroom.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Again, like most of you, my honors and rewards have come in my classroom as I have seen the spark of understanding that comes with comprehension. I have been proudest of the hugs that I have shared with my students, and the tears that come with the end of the school year. That said, I have also been honored to be nominated for Teacher of the Year three times in two different districts and became a finalist one year. The rest of my honors are the same as most of yours. I have been recognized for writing my book, I have been asked to serve on committees, and I have written grants and given presentations. It still thrills me to hear from some of my students of past years, several of whom I have corresponded with even into adulthood.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

During my teaching tenure, I have earned a BS in Ed, a MEd, and about 70+ hours in various methods and subjects. I received my Bachelor's from the University of Texas in Austin and my Masters from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, MO. The other hours have come through colleges and universities in Missouri and Colorado.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

By writing for the internet, I hope to share my experiences and my knowledge with teachers. Like many of you, I was constantly told to just "get together with my teammates" to create units of study. The only problem was that I could never find the time, and neither could they! In presenting my units, I hope to give teachers ideas, based on standards and research, that they can take into their own classrooms and use as a starting point for their own lessons, ones that fit their teaching styles and their students' needs.