Kimberly Balsam - 5th Grade Teacher

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Kimberly Balsam - 5th Grade Teacher
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Help your students make their thinking visible with 10 graphic organizers: See/Think/Wonder, Think/Puzzle/Explore, 3-2-1 Bridge, Compass Points, Headlines, CSI - Color/Symbol/Word, Connect/Extend/Challenge, The 4 Cs -
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Get your students prepared to conduct student led conferences. We use these forms as rough drafts and have students create power point presentations or glogster posters to present to parents and spring conferences.
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Need help incorporating Visible Thinking Routines into your classroom? This learning guide will help you do just that! I have created 40 different graphic organizers to go with 17 different thinking routines based on the book Making Thinking Visible
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Grade students while teaching a historical fiction unit of study. Track their grades on one side using a rubric M (meets) P (progressing) B (below) E (extends) and use the back for a more traditional conferring sheet.
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Use to track or assess your students knowledge of story structure in narrative text. Students use any book to identify characters, setting, memorable lines, point of view, problem and solution and the theme of the book.
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Assess your essay writers with a rubric designed to assess both traits and continuum language.
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Assess and confer with students using a rubric M (meets) P (progressing) B (below) and E (extends) or change to your own rubric scores for a fiction writing unit of study.
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Score student fiction stories with a rubric that incorporates both trait language and continuum language.
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A reading assessment to use with students in their self-selected text. Can be used as a quick conferring check as well.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

16 years teaching in multiple states and grades. I taught in Nevada, Oregon, California and currently Michigan. I have taught grades 2, 4, 5 and a multi-age 4/5 classroom. Currently, I am teaching 5th grade at a 5/6 building.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am in a partnership with my students to reach their academic goals. I use a combination of inquiry, cooperative learning and research based methods. I use the Units of Study to teach both readers and writers. I also incorporate Visible Thinking Strategies in all subject areas.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I spent a week in London in the fall of 2013 presenting and learning at a Project Zero Visible Thinking Conference.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from Central Michigan University with 3 minors: biology, history and art.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am dyslexic and found it difficult to learn throughout my life. I have found ways to help me overcome these difficulties. I am dedicated to helping students do the same. I feel blessed to be immersed in text daily to help me overcome this.

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