Margaret Overbagh

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In order to prepare my students for the New York State ELA test in the spring, I used data from the practice tests to determine the area they most needed to work on. Students needed practice with multiple choice questions, short answer questions,
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A lot of kids who do well during read aloud, or a whole-class novel study, fall apart when they try to apply those same strategies to their independent reading books. This document offers students guiding questions as they read through Day of the
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This is a powerpoint presentation including text-dependent questions designed to guide 6th grade students through the study of the novel, Once, the genre of historical fiction, and the Holocaust. The majority of these questions are aligned to the
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This is a planning and conference notes organizer for small groups. I used it mostly for mixed-level strategy groups in reading and writing, but it could be used in other subjects as well. Includes space for students' names and levels, your plan
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Teaching Social Studies and Science to newcomer and beginner English Language Learners is always a struggle. There aren't a lot of materials that accessible to them, and they frequently have even less background knowledge than the rest of the class.
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As an upper-elementary ESL teacher in an immigrant neighborhood in Brooklyn, the question I got asked most was, "What do I do with this new student I have? He doesn't speak any English and I have no idea where to start!" I created this toolkit as
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Teaching Social Studies and Science to newcomer and beginner English Language Learners is always a struggle. There aren't a lot of materials that accessible to them, and they frequently have even less background knowledge than the rest of the class.
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Teaching Social Studies and Science to newcomer and beginner English Language Learners is always a struggle. There aren't a lot of materials that accessible to them, and they frequently have even less background knowledge than the rest of the class.
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This is summary sheet designed to guide teachers' thinking while doing running records. This was specifically designed for the Teachers College Running Records, but could be used with others as well. Split into four sections (fluency,
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This document includes 19 different bookmarks to provide students with book recommendations based on their reading level. When I made the switch from teaching elementary school to middle, I found myself with four times the students and a quarter of
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The are three basic ways to set up a co-taught lesson, but anyone who's ever done collaborative teaching knows that there's a lot more that goes into a successful partnership than the structure of a lesson. It's based more on the level of trust,
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This is a practice test originally designed as a predictive for the writing about reading section of the New York State Common Core test for 6th graders. There are five passages with a total of eight short answer questions, one single-passage long
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I used these when I first started doing accountable talk work with students in the form of book clubs. Years ago, that with fourth graders. Now, I know that many schools start in the early grades. These tools are great for reluctant talkers,
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This template for conference notes is perfect for recording behaviors and next steps for book clubs or literature circles. It also works well for guided book clubs to keep track of struggles and next steps to guide instruction. I used it in 4th
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In order to increase my students' stamina, I would first do a 10 minute stamina test. I'd have students read independently for ten minutes, tracking the number of pages they read, and writing a brief summary to ensure they weren't just speeding
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This is a powerpoint presentation including text-dependent questions designed to guide 6th grade students through the study of the novel, The Christopher Killer and the mystery genre. The majority of these questions are aligned to the 6th grade
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This is a multiple choice practice test with six passages and forty questions. There's a mix of fiction and non, literal and inferential questions. This test was designed for sixth grade Common Core tests, but given the lexile levels could also be
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These bookmarks, printed on cardstock, are invaluable to any literature circle or book club planning process. With a good model, 4th graders and up can easily do their own planning for book clubs or literature circles. Print them double sided so
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This document includes 4 copies of one of the recommended book bookmarks based on lexile level I created for my 6th grade students. I'm also selling a set of all 19 bookmarks together, which range from kindergarten up to college level. When I made
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This document includes 4 copies of one of the recommended book bookmarks based on lexile level I created for my 6th grade students. I'm also selling a set of all 19 bookmarks together, which range from kindergarten up to college level. When I made
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For the past ten years I've taught mostly ESL and ELA, mostly grades 4, 5, and 6, and mostly in New York City. In five years as a co-teaching ESL teacher, I worked directly with 22 different teachers. As challenging as that was, I learned an immeasurable amount from experiencing other teachers' classrooms on a daily basis. I also did brief stints in first and ninth grade, taught overseas, and now work as a consultant in NYC public schools.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In a student evaluation, one of my sixth graders once said I was "mean and no fun." I wanted to say "damn straight" and put it on my classroom door. Another student wrote me a note thanking me for taking a chance on her, being patient when she didn't deserve it, and teaching her how to love reading. That one made me cry. I can't articulate my teaching style, but it's somewhere in the middle of those two evaluations.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ELA Master Teacher at The Equity Project Charter School Member of the 9th Cohort of Bank Street School of Education's Bilingual-ESL Teacher Leadership Academy Presenter at ESL Professional Development Day for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Member of Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society Recipient of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer's Scholarship at New York University

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bank Street College of Education, BETLA, Teacher Leadership Certificate, 2011 New York University, MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2006 College of William and Mary, BA in English Literature and Public Policy, 2002

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I fell into teaching by accident as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. Best random decision I ever made.

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