MalawiMama

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To guide students through their independent novels, this form allows them to access important literary elements like characters, plot, conflict, resolution, and imagery. It can be used throughout students' reading or when they are finished. This
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As students read each chapter together or on their own, they can interact with the novel's vocabulary, plot, literary elements, and imagery through the use of mini storyboards. The chapters can be printed one at a time for class use and homework or
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As a culminating experience to the novel, students are asked to create a colorfully visually timeline to depict the plot of the novel and showcase the skills learned including citing text evidence, properly using vocabulary, and writing.
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This simple graphic organizer helps students from Special Ed to ELL interact with vocabulary in multiple ways. It is great in English, Social Studies, Science, and even Math. You can leave it blank or fill in the words for students. Feel free to
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For those students who need more assistance staying on task, here is a weekly homework contract that allows both the parents and the teacher to track a student's progress on homework each week. Using accountability from the student, parent, and
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This easy to use vocabulary handout can be edited so that you are able to input any vocabulary terms as needed. Students are able to interact with the words in different ways to encourage comprehension of the term. They write the word, copy the
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When students read a section or chapter independently or as a class, this notes worksheet will allow them to identify the 8 most important facts. As the culminating activity for the assignment, students then use their notes to sketch an image of
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This comprehension guide takes learning through the beginning background knowledge stage and then into comprehension of the complex ideas in each chapter. Each chapter has comprehension questions, a spot to copy text evidence that summarizes the
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Students will collaborate to decide the sequence of twelve major events of 6th grade H/SS. This activity is a great introduction at the beginning of the year to show students how historical events often depend on each other and highlight what they
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As students read a novel on their own, they will engage with its vocabulary, imagery, and plot, in order to meet the requirements of this book report. The book report intends to allow students to enjoy their novel through the use of identifying
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Through the use of songs, jingles, and real-life usage, students will grasp the concepts of parts of speech and how they are used daily. This was created to make the learning of the eight parts of speech fun and interactive for students. They will
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The classic novel, A Christmas Carol, gives ample opportunity for teachers to expand student knowledge. While reading students will engage with the characters and be asked to step into their shoes, while also trying to decide, based on text
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This is a very basic plan great for independent study or homeschooling that allows students to read a novel and then dive back into it looking for literary elements, while also learning about the plot. It's simple and can be easily modified.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching since 2002. I started in 4th grade, but then fell in love with middle school. All but one of the years I’ve taught have been 6-8th grade students. I have mostly taught English, but I have also spent years teaching ELL and 6th & 7th Social Studies. Many of those years have been in the public school system, but I also spent three years at a private school, where I was the only junior high English teacher. My other responsibilities at private school included ASB advisor, chapel coordinator, talent show director, grade level chair, and spelling bee/speech meet advisor. While at public school I spent three years as the ELD Advisor for my school site and a few years as English department chair.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is about how my students will best learn the material. I have been trained in GLAD, GATE, SIOP/ADD, and most in CCSS. I believe that if the standards for learning are set high, students will strive to reach them with guided help. I believe students can solve problems on their own when given the proper tools. They are also capable of leadership when given that responsibility.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

From May 2012 through May 2013 I worked on my Masters, doubling up on classes to finish it sooner, and I earned a 4.0.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

From pre-school through 8th grade, I attended private schools where I was given personal attention due to the small class size. Then I went to a public high school, where I was exposed to many varieties of teaching styles and students. I finished my education at a private college, where I attended a credential program with three professors and only nine students. That personal, specific attention molded my teaching skills into what I have become today. My professor taught me to never give up on the students, because each day is a brand new start. I have never forgotten that lesson. I earned my BA and credential from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and then completed my Masters in Education Curriculum and Instruction in 2013 at Concordia University in Irvine, CA.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am happily married and have two beautiful, young daughters and a handsome son. They are my pride and joy and have softened my heart in regards to my students. In the summers of 2006 and 2008, I traveled with my church to Malawi, Africa, to train teachers in basic strategies like GLAD and graphic organizers. I am currently on the American board for that non-profit (SAFE-Africa), which is a joy knowing I’m helping other teachers and students halfway around the world.

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