Karen Langdon
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"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence".
 
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This is a complete five/six week unit full of experiments and activities to teach about the basic concepts of force and motion - particularly push, pull, friction, and gravity. In this unit you will receive an introduction to teaching force and
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This is a set of mentor texts to be used when teaching a "how to" books writing unit. It is difficult to find mentor texts in the library that really show young writers specifically what we want them to do, at their level. These books offer high
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This is a complete five/six week unit full of experiments and activities to teach about living and nonliving things AND what living things need to survive. You can download a FREE sample of what is inside by going to this FREE product in my store.
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This system takes the typical behavior clip chart and turns it on its head. Instead of teachers judging student behavior, students AND teachers BOTH take ownership of their own feelings and set goals to create the optimal learning
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This is a complete package of paper designed to accompany a "how to" writing unit for young writers. Each paper has a checklist included right on it that students can use as a rubric to self monitor their writing. Included you will find checklist
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This is a five day planning form that has been adapted to suit the kindergarten classroom. It helps you take a favorite shared reading text and plan to explore it in several ways to assist in meeting both decoding and comprehension goals. You will
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This unit is designed to provide you with everything you need to introduce the concepts of the inquiry process to young learners. You will find a wide variety of experiments. Some take only ten minutes, some an hour, and some a full month. The
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This is an oral story paired with traditional yoga moves. Not only will students develop their ability to visualize a story told aloud, but they will move along with the story to create deeper meaning connections in the brain. You will receive a
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This guide is a companion to writing units on opinion writing for the early grades. You will receive a guide to using checklists with young writers, a pacing guide for the unit, a mentor text with various components highlighted to facilitate
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This is a complete package of paper designed to accompany a small moments writing unit for young writers. Each paper has a checklist included right on it that students can use as a rubric to self monitor their writing. Included you will find
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This is a complete poetry unit designed to be used within the framework of reading workshop. You will receive ten lessons with all stages of workshop outlined (minilesson, active engagement, independent work, group/partner work, share). You will
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This is a simple activity that allows students to see that wind is a force. They begin to understand that wind can push and pull, and they can experience first hand how increasing the strength of the force increases the resulting motion. In this
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This is a phonics alphabet that is printable to be used as the class alphabet chart. Each letter is on its own page, so you can organize the alphabet however you like. I have used real photographs and images, rather than clip art, to inspire the
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This is a set of forms used to guide planning for useful and appropriate guided reading groups. You will receive a tracking form to record when and how often you meet with students. You will also receive a skill checklist to track student progress
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This is a set of six hand drawn booklets that provide familiar and attainable mentor texts for teaching beginning, middle, and end. You will receive a zipped file. One file includes PDFs of the booklets. Each booklet comes in two forms - one with
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This is an oral story paired with traditional yoga moves. Not only will students develop their ability to visualize a story told aloud, but they will move along with the story to create deeper meaning connections in the brain. This is a great story
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This is a complete package of paper designed to accompany a personal narrative writing unit for young writers. Each paper has a checklist included right on it that students can use as a rubric to self monitor their writing. Included you will find
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This is a great partner experiment that encourages creative thinking and problem solving. Students use a variety of materials to build a boat, and then test their structure in water. They must plan and execute a design with a partner, predict how
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This is a great large group experiment that can be used to teach the scientific process. It shows students how different variables impact an experiment, and they have a hands on look at force and motion by observing a car going down a ramp. Finally,
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This is a set of whole class forms that is designed to be used with letter and sound identification assessments and a concepts about print assessment. The forms are accompanied by a sample set of data, instructions on how to use the forms to plans
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been working with young children since I was sixteen years old, and was a counselor in training at summer camp. After seven years counseling, directing, teaching,and organizing camping and outdoor education programs, I began pursuing my teaching certification. I interned and worked at a Head Start, a daycare, and a Reggio Emilia based child development center with young children, all before finding my home as a kindergarten teacher for the public school system. I have now had the honor and privilege of teaching kindergartners for six years, and each year has brought more adventures, learning, and joy!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in a classroom that honors children where they are, and teaches them to be the best people they can be as they grow. I am energetic and creative, and use lots of songs, music, games, and hands on experiments and activities in my classroom. I am also passionate about workshop teaching, using both writing and reading workshops in my class to meet students exactly where they are and help them to move forward. Most of all, I believe that teachers need to connect with their students in order to inspire their learning and growth.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Phi Beta Kappa Nominated for Teacher of the Year - 2011

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelors Degree in Psychology and French from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Study abroad in St. Malo, France Study abroad in Strasbourg, France MA of Arts in Education, University of Michigan, Flint

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to being a passionate teacher, I am an avid traveler. I believe in sharing these experiences with my students, opening the world up to them through my stories. Please visit mt blog here: http://www.teachingace.com/blog-2/