Motivating Middle School Minds

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Motivating Middle School Minds
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Enjoy two versions of this literary classic! On version includes a paragraph or two on each page and tells the story in about 10 pages. The second version uses picture supported text for students who struggle even more. Both versions include a
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This adaptation includes many famous lines and vocabulary from the original script, making it ideal for a English Language Learning or Special Education student in a mainstream classroom who needs extra support. The student can participate in the
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A condensed adaptation of the book by Luis Sachar makes this popular novel accessible for all students. This adaptation includes a few samples of figurative language from the original book. This is a wonderful way for students who are mainstreamed
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This is a wonderful novel, especially when trying to teach about the depression or just to add multicultural literature into your classroom. This brief adaptation is perfect for ESL students or students with disabilities. Although the book is
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This power point reviews lab safety rules, procedures in the lab, and the use of emergency equipment. It even includes a brief video clip to engage students. In my class, we complete a window-pane (drawing pictures of nine critical things to
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This product includes three activities for students to do in their science interactive notebook. The entries include a Lab Safety Windowpane. (Pages 1-3 should be printed individually as one sided). When complete, students draw pictures on the
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In just seven pages, students are able to read a condensed version of Avi's book, Crispin Cross of Lead. A few examples of figurative language from the original text are included to allow work on multiple alternate assessment standards. This book
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Help students wade through the imagery and read an adapted version of Sounder. Some figurative language from the book has been included.
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313 pages condensed into 16 pages (plus a title page and character list). Although this adaptation has the same "parts" of the original book (Part 1: August, Part 2: Via), the adaptation is not written in first person. R.J. Palacio writes each part
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This activity gives middle schoolers a glimpse of money management decisions that people face in the real world. The numbers are smaller and easier to manage, but students still sometimes "go broke" and have to downsize. Print out the register for
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This simple chart helps students interpret chemical formulas and determine the number of atoms in a compound (which will be useful when teaching the law of conservation of matter.) In class, I use the first page for instruction, teaching students
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This activity is terrific after teaching about how human actions impact the environment. It also fits well with Earth day. Students are presented a common issue (an abundance of litter in the park). First, students use their creativity and art
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Students work in partners (or small groups) and research a topic of their choice. (A list if topics is provided, but students are not limited to those choices.) They are given guidelines as to the information they need to share and how their issue
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught middle school science and reading for 13 years at a school for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. This means that I wear both hats of General Education Teacher and Special Educator. I have also collaborated with FMD teachers to develop and adapt materials to use with students in Kentucky's Alternate Assessment Program. I have recently been moved to the high school department to lead our Teaching and Learning Career Pathway. This means that I literally teach about teaching every day!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that our teaching should be relevant and intentional, recognizing the unique talents and difficulties of each student. By differentiating our instruction, we provide each student the chance to succeed and reach their goals.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Our neighbor (in his 50's) asked if I could teach him to read. This gentleman has auditory processing issues, so his brain doesn't hear the sounds correclty and he dropped out of school in ninth grade - when the counsellor suggested sending him back to middle school due to his academic struggles. As an adult, he purchased programs and hired tutors, but was never able to understand phonics or read above an early second grade level. After working together for 10 months, he had improved to a sixth grade reading level and passed the GED exam! Attending the GED ceremony was one of the proudest moments of my teaching career.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have earned both a BS and MA Ed in Deaf Education at Eastern Kentucky University. I am also a licensed See the Sound/Visual Phonics trainer.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I married a Kentucky farm boy and we have two sweet daugthers. I enjoy watching them dance; they love to help me cook; and we read together every night before bed.

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