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This bundle of 20 worksheets is designed to be used with any novel or short story. They also work great with movies and short clips. These worksheets can be used for independent or group assignments and emphasize most basic elements of literature
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This past summer I read the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. I have decided to use this on the first day of school by introducing students to the concepts of growth and fixed mindsets in an effort to help them see that abilities are things you
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This Power Point presentation uses pictures to illustrate the authors use of imagery, which helps students visualize the setting the story.
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In this bundle you will find four worksheets that explain the following methods for students to determine context clues: *Examples *Synonyms *Antonyms *Prior Knowledge/Experience Additionally, there are two graphic organizers and three
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This fun activity can be used to help students learn the power of the vivid verb. I have included a list of unusual jobs; students can randomly draw from a hat, or select the job of their choice. Students then write a resume' based on this job--the
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A multigenre research paper is a fresh, differentiated take on the typical research project. Students will learn various writing styles while tapping into their prior knowledge and combining new media literacy and multiple points of view. Multigenre
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In this product you will find a thorough write-up in the MYP unit planner format, enrichment resources, an MYP rubric, a PowerPoint that discusses important events leading up to American Revolution with MYP questions embedded in the content that
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This is a massive differentiated unit with an MYP IB component. If you have a laborious directive from your district to create an extensive unit using various differentiated methods, this is for you. My school is also an international baccalaureate
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This is my MYP Curriculum Map for the year. Each month has a unit title, Guiding Question, Area of Interaction (AOI), Approaches to Learning, and assessment examples. If you have further questions about my units, please feel free to email me.
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This is a complete MYP Course Outline, complete with aims, objectives, areas of interaction, and a listing of my MYP units, their titles, guiding questions, and significant concepts.
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In conjunction with this activity, you will need a copy of the PBS reality series Frontier House. I have found this is available in most public libraries and many schools have it in their media center. This unit allows students to study history from
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

This is my tenth year as a teacher. I taught for two years at a charter school, where I had several different preps ranging from 7th grade social studies, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade language arts. I had no classroom of my own, so I became organized pretty quickly! I currently teach 8th grade English and Social Studies for Bloomfield Hills Public Schools, and I really enjoy both my students and colleagues, with whom I frequently collaborate to create interdisciplinary units.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in teaching the basics, but my passion is developing intellectual character and creating opportunities for students to problem-solve and apply what they know to real life. I want all of my students to succeed, and I believe in flexibility and differentiation. I love this profession and despite it's challenges, there isn't anything else I'd rather do.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my B.A. from Albion College in 2001, where I majored in English and History. I received my Masters degree in 2005 from Marygrove College.

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I think this site is great and I love that the proceeds from each purchase I make goes to another teacher! I've gotten some fantastic materials from teachers on this site; it's a truly powerful blend of collaboration and social networking.