Mind Zappers

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Mind Zappers
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Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. John Lennon
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This is a quick note about daily behavior (good or bad), to send home in your student’s communication folder, or in their backpack. It’s a great way to communicate with your parents, without taking too much time.
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The daily point sheet is used in a Curriculum Assistance class. This is a class to help struggling students learn study skills and to keep up with their homework. The students are held accountable for their behavior and work, and are given a daily
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Mind Zappers has created a wonderful resource of interesting vocabulary to liven up the creative writing process. This packet includes over 1,000 vocabulary words in addition to simile and metaphor examples. Word Magic is categorized into colorful,
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This is a simple, positive, visual, incentive/reward system that I use every day in my special ed., self-contained, middle school classroom. It would also work beautifully in an elementary class.
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An integrated and multi-leveled project for your Special Education or elementary classroom that teaches the life cycle of a leaf; from the beginning to the end of autumn. Over a four to eight-week (or more) period, your students will incorporate
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This is a great tool to reinforce spelling or vocabulary skills. Demonstrate how to use CCC first, then, after a spelling or vocabulary quiz, write the correct spelling next to a missed word. Attach one of the CCC copies to the test and return
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My student teaching experience was on the Navajo Reservation in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, where I lived with the children in a boarding school. After I returned home to West Virginia, I had a calling to return to the "rez". After a few months and a few hundred dollars in my pocket, I returned to the west, and landed a Special Ed. job at Nehnanezad Boarding school outside of Farmington, NM. I stayed there for two years, got married, and moved back to WV and taught in a school in the country. From there, we moved to Raleigh, NC. This is where I took a break for several years to raise my two sons. When I returned to teaching, I taught art at a magnet elementary school. After three years, the program was dissolved, and several of us disappeared with it. So, I went back to teaching Special Ed. in a middle school. I am now in my 13th straight year in this position. It's been quite a ride!


I like to teach using all of my senses. Since I am extremely right-brained, I try to incorporate art in many of my lessons. I've been told by many that I am one of the most creative people they've ever known. What I really think they are really saying is, I'm kind of a quirky person who teaches in an unconventional style. I try to push my kids to the limit while trying to keep it light. Why not have fun while you are learning?


I was placed in Who's Who in American High Schools. Does that count? Funny, Special Ed. teachers are not noticed that often. I have to say my greatest rewards are when I see a light bulb go off in a child's face when they "get" it, or when a student I had years before sees me out in public and tells me I changed their life. Those are the best moments!


BS in Special Education with a minor in elementary education - West Virginia University Graduate Work - Indiana University


I recently co-authored a book with my sister. It is a tribute to our brother who is very ill. It is a YA Fantasy and our brother is a magical character in the book; as he is in real life. Besides my children, the book is one of my life's greatest accomplishments. Check it out: Genoa's Passage on Kindle, through Amazon. I would appreciate you "liking" the book's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/GenoasPassage?ref=hl

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