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This four-week unit uses novels that highlight different world problems (I've included the titles that I use - focusing on clean water, women's rights, genocide, poverty, etc) to encourage student discussion about the challenges our global society
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This unit provides daily group activities for dystopian-themed literature circles. There are Monday questions, Wednesday questions, and Friday questions all themed around issues of power and self-sacrifice. I recommend having students answer these
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This unit covers an introduction to poetry analysis using a pre-assessment, post-assessment, resources for students, and two differentiated learning practice activities. Students are introduced to poetry analysis through questions guiding them
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This form talks students through the process of plotting their growth on a chart and helps them to set appropriate goals for their current year. The growth chart mentioned in the sheet varies by year and would be given to a teacher by administrators
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This tic-tac-toe assignment gives students choice in how they want to interact of their summer text of choice. Students make connections, summarize plot, question, infer, determine importance, and more. The assignment is general enough to work with
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This is a complete unit of study (10 pages) for the Greek/Latin Roots Geo/Therm/Scope/Meter/Logy. It contains a pre-test for 24 words using the above-mentioned roots, a process for having students personalize their studying (including a menu with
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I've taught eighth grade English/Language Arts for the past thirteen years, but have also recently taken on an adjunct role facilitating master's degree programs for fellow teachers through a local university. I also currently work in district roles involving gifted education and human-centered design. In the past, I've also taught seventh and ninth grade English/Language Arts, Spanish II, become a licensed media specialist for grades K-12, and advised PhD in Education students at an online university.


For me, effective teaching is all about connectedness and relationships with my students. If they can't trust me and feel comfortable in my class, they can't learn from me. Therefore, my style varies based on student needs. However, I love laughing with my students and seeing them simultaneously using their critical and creative thinking skills. My style is definitely laid-back with a focus on facilitating rather than lecturing.


The most rewarding experiences for me as a teacher involve moments of my students' successes after they move on from my classroom: acceptances to med school, becoming teachers themselves, asking me to edit their grad thesis. To know I was a stepping stone on their path there makes me very proud.


Bachelor of Science in Education (English and Spanish): 2003 Master of Library and Information Science: 2007 Master of Science in Education (Professional Development and Shared Inquiry): 2011


I teach middle school, but I dread my daughters approaching it. I know what's in store for me. Kids are generally awesome for their teachers, but... less... awesome... to their parents, in my experience. Regardless, middle school is the best age group there is. Young enough to stay goofy and adorable, but old enough to speak to as adults. I'll be here a while.

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