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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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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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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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Tired of the same old book reports, but you still want your students to analyze what they read? Try my new Book Blog response sheet. Designed to capture students' interest by incorporating tech terminology, your students will enjoy completing their
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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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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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***Please leave feedback to let me know what you think of this product.*** I use many different rewards in my classroom to encourage student participation and good behavior. One of the rewards that is most popular with my students is the "Sit with a
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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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Every fall we have a pumpkin in our classroom. One of the things my students love to do is decorate and measure our pumpkin. I designed this simple sheet to give my students a place to record their estimates, measurements, and thoughts about our
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One of my students' favorite math center activities is the measurement walk. We use pedometers and a trundle wheel that measures in meters (you can adjust the form to feet or have students calculate distance if needed). My students walk in pairs and
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You're going to love these simple, child-friendly math activities. They are made to fit perfectly on a standard clipboard, giving your students the freedom to roam as they learn. There are 10 different activities that cover skills ranging from
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One of my students' favorite learning station activities is the learning walk. My students always take a buddy with them and sometimes a timer, as well. They follow the simple directions on the sheet as they make observations about their environment
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***Please leave feedback after you try this product out.*** It's always fun to do cooking activities in class with the children, however, it's even better when there's no cooking involved. This easy-to-follow recipe is always a success with children
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Are you looking for a new way to motivate your students to achieve their goals in the classroom? Look no further than our new Punch Happy Incentive Cards! These easy-to-use cards come 10 to a sheet. They are even set to print on Avery's Clean-Edge
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What better way to end the school year with your students than by using these 15 awesome products in your classroom? The products are some of our favorites and have been classroom-tested. Here's what you'll find in the bundle: DIBELS NEXT Progress
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We use the colors of the rainbow for many different projects in our class, including our spelling rainbow words. I teach my students the order of the colors using the mnemonic name, Roy G. Biv (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). I
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Looking for an easy alternative to weekly spelling assignments? Check out the great activities on my Spelling Homework Contract! It's easy to use and your students will love it. Students get to choose their activities from a varied list that
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It's the first day of school and you've lost your voice before it's time to line up for lunch! Need a quick and easy activity that will keep your new students engaged? Reach for our Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt! Our scavenger hunt has several
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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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