Kelly Gruszynske

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Kelly Gruszynske
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A easy way to help students check whether the source is credible--does it have DONUTS? My students got a kick out of this, and it helped them remember what to check for when determining credibility. Helps with part of CCSS that require students to
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A variety of website links are provided for your class to practice a credibility check as a class (7 websites with a variety of problems) and for your class to practice individually (7 websites with a variety of problems). Answer key provided. Use
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After covering the pieces I've listed (with discussion questions) by Whitman and Dickinson, students will work on creating a project (dialogue, diary entry, skit...etc.) that explains how these famous poets would interact on a date. An explanation
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A simple study guide for students to complete while watching the old version of The Great Gatsby. It asks students to comment on the characters, plot, and themes, and it contains general opinion questions.
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This guided research project asks students to visit three websites containing information on bullfighting and gather information requested on the three worksheets. Some questions can be found quickly within the reading passages, but other ask
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Basic definitions of terms used when completing a Works Cited page as well as a sample paragraph that uses in-text citations that students would analyze/pick apart before doing their own works cited page and in text citations.
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After students have earned enough points/made it to the top of the behavior chart, they can vote on their PBIS reward day activity. All 15 ideas are either free or cheap to do in your classroom, and they are fairly easy to set up. Middle school
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This product contains activities and information about the Beat Generation that is appropriate for high school juniors and seniors. Background information is included as well as worksheets, handouts, questions, and instructions for listening to
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This product includes 9 reading passages (3 that are social sciences, 3 humanities, and 3 prose fiction) and 9 quizzes that ask questions about author's purpose, main ideas, supporting details, vocabulary, inferences, organization, point of view,
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This is designed as a middle school elective. Students are introduced to a culture point, vocabulary (basic greetings, leave-takings, questions, answers, and general remarks; numbers 0-10; days of the week) cognates, art, and geography. Students
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This product serves as an introduction to Spanish classes as well as a guided research project that challenges students to follow directions. This is set up to be placed in a notebook on the first few pages. Students are asked to use Internet
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Three steps to answering a question related to CCSS W6.8
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Quick & clear explanation of these four skills (well, plagiarism isn't exactly a skill...)
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A solid list of music and literature from 1970 to present is included, and students are asked to listen to/view each one and then find similarities. Students are asked to create a detailed MEL-Con outline from their findings.
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This project can serve as an introduction to a world languages course. Since all languages are not introduced in a world languages class, students can choose a country that they are interested in. This guided research project asks them to use the
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This includes three different behavior charts that can be used in the classroom or for small groups, like RTI sessions, in order to keep track of issues/progress. If a group generally has few behavior issues, the first chart might be best because it
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This SLO was approved for me for the 2013-14 school year. It shows the SLO for an entire 6th grade class (although your SLO can just be for a portion of your class) and it uses MAPS testing as the assessment. The goal is tiered, so there is a goal
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This product contains questions, a project, the film's study guide, and information for students to use and complete while reading Of Mice and Men. It is straightforward, and was used successfully for a quick unit with juniors.
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This product contains a handout of tips for studying vocabulary (in a world language). Additionally, it contains a few simple handouts that students can use for categorizing vocabulary or for writing repetition along with a handout for different
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A simple form to give to a student when s/he has a behavior issue. Check the box next to the infraction, and have the student respond with a statement agreeing or disagreeing with your judgment. This could be the first step in addressing behavioral
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a teacher since 2004. I started in a high school teaching creative writing and American literature. I then worked as a curriculum writer for an after school tutoring company in Chicago, focusing on their reading and math lessons for middle school students. I taught English in South Korea for a year, focusing on middle school students but also working with 4 year old children to college students. After returning home, I worked in a very small district and taught just about every high school English course possible, plus Spanish. In my current district, I have taught high school freshmen and juniors, and I currently teach middle school English, World Languages, and Exploring Spanish

MY TEACHING STYLE

Well, everything revolves around CCSS and data. But, I let students know that learning is a gift that not all kids around the world get. I don't do too many group or creative writing projects anymore, but some of the older plans may include that. I try to pack as much into a school year as possible and focus on the skills they will need in the future to, essentially, look educated. I think I'm creative and fun without being cheesy. I sincerely want students to appreciate literature, understand what they are reading, and write logically.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Hmmm...several students have awarded me with the Favorite Teacher award :)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's of Science in Education with majors in English and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse.

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