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During the holiday season my students and I research Christmas and holiday traditions from around the world. This is a great way to explore various cultures and to brush up on our world geography. I created this simple project form as a way for the
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The 100th day of school has arrived! It's time to celebrate those first 100 days of learning with an assortment of six activities/games that your students will love. You can plan a fun-filled day of learning around these activities that your
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At our open school/house nights I like to involve the parents in our learning, so one of the activities I give them is a pop quiz about their child's interests. The morning of our open house night I have each student complete the answer key page
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Debbie Diller's "work station" concept is one of the best ways to balance small groups and independent learning in the elementary classroom. Based on the ideas from her book, I designed several components to help me manage work stations in my room.
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After 20 years of teaching spelling to my students, I have finally found the system that works perfectly for my students! I've paired an individualized spelling program with the word lists found in the Treasures Reading Series (2nd grade) to create
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Making connections to their own family history is a wonderful way for students to appreciate how times have changed. One of my students' favorite holiday activities is this holiday interview. I send it home early in the holiday season to allow
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Using money in math problems can be confusing for younger students, so we practice with coins a lot in our math centers. One of our favorite learning centers uses this activity page and a bag of coins. I randomly pack the bags with a variety of
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My students love to practice their weekly spelling words in a variety of ways. One of our favorite activities is writing our words in a secret code. For this activity I use a simple number substitution code (A=1, B=2, etc.). There is space for 10
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When studying folk and fairy tales with my students, I like to have them create their own version of a popular story. We read books like "The Stinky Cheeseman" and "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" to help them get their creative juices flowing.
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One of the goals I have for my students is for them to work independently, making good use of their time. Isn't this true for all of us? I developed this "Things to Do" list to help my students track their progress on weekly assignments during our
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Everyone loves the old shoebox dioramas that we all grew up making in elementary school, but now it's time to go beyond that. Check out my new triorama template that allows your students to create a 3-dimensional representation of their learning and
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Our faculty has studied Debbie Miller's wonderful book, "Reading with Meaning," for a while now. It's a wonderful way to think about the reading process and it develops a consistent vocabulary with which we can discuss our reading at all grade
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This is a fun activity I've done with my students for many years. One of my fellow teachers came up with the list of directions that leads students through the process of drawing Santa's face. It's a great way to teach your students about the
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Your students will love these fun and easy-to-use activities during your Valentine's Day festivities or centers. Included in this packet are 5 Valentine's Day activities: a word search, a dot-to-dot puzzle, a word hunt, a scrambled word puzzle, and
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Are you looking for a great activity that combines math skills, social studies concepts, and a fun learning experience? Well, look no further! My Market Day Starter Pack for Classroom Communities provides everything you need to begin this awesome
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This form is completed by my students after hearing one of our Super Readers share his/her book with a group. Students are assigned a specific day each week as their "Super Reader" day. They are to prepare a book of their choosing to share with a
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Reading and analyzing non-fiction news articles is an important skill for learners of all ages. I developed this simple form to help students organize their thoughts and synthesize the information they gather from reading news articles. These work
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Tired of your students forgetting to capitalize words in a sentence? Call in the CSI team...well, almost. CSI: Capital Sentence Investigation is a fun literacy center activity your students can complete to sharpen their capitalization skills. There
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It's time to start planning those back-to-school activities and icebreakers. This bingo game is a great way for students to share about themselves and get to know their classmates (and teacher) a little better. This is a Word document, so you can
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This is a letter I send home with my students during the first week of school. The document is editable, so you can change any details you need to make it work for your classroom. It explains the Super Reader program that we use in our classroom to
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching for 21 years at the same school in Mandeville, Louisiana. I taught 1st grade for six years, then 2nd grade for 15 years, and now I am going back to 1st grade. I was the director of our summer camp for three years and have worked both before and after school programs. I also work as the web manager and technology point person for our school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I run a disciplined classroom, but I also believe that students must be given responsibilities in order to learn how to be responsible. I use a mini-society in my classroom to help build a community of learners. I would much rather use hands-on center activities to teach my students, instead of JUST a textbook. I differentiate instruction for both low and high performing students.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Leonard P. Monteleone Technology Award

Tech4Learning's Innovative Educator Award

Numerous website awards

15 Donors Choose grants awarded

Who's Who Among America's Teachers

Think Ink Essay Contest Winner

PTA Honorary Life Service award

3rd place Lakeshore Learning's Great Ideas contest (My "Writing Center Caddy" is still sold in their catalog today.)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S., Elementary Education, Louisiana State University

M.Ed., Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology, Northwestern State University

Ed.S., Educational Leadership and Instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology, Northwestern State University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have been married 21 years to my wonderful wife, Nancy. We have three awesome kiddos! We also have one very spoiled Schnoodle! :)

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