Mrs Spangler in the Middle

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A full week of fun and engaging plans for Middle School (and upper elementary) that focus on community building, going over class agreements (rules)/ procedures and group dynamics. There's so many activities, it's probably more than one person
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Go Back to School with TEN icebreakers and ideas of how to begin the first days of school with "getting to know you activities"! One is a "craftivity" that is perfect to display at Open House! These ice-breakers are appropriate for any middle
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This "A Christmas Carol" resource is based on the play that is found in 7th grade McDougal-Littel Literature books. In my class, we read the play scene by scene. We analyze each scene with a discussion, plot diagram, some Cornell notes and then
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Go Back to School with one full week of middle school plans with TEN activities to build community, go over rules/procedures, and have fun with interactive notebooks, active getting to know you games, surveys and more! There are 5 days of plans
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Start Strong with FIVE DAYS of fun and engaging plans that focus on building community, getting to know your students, going over class agreements (rules)/ procedures and group dynamics. What's included: ★ THREE getting to know you activities that
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Here's a great middle school Thanksgiving story you can use to celebrate the season while teaching important skills like summarizing, irony, and paragraph writing! In this mini-unit you'll get: ★ The public domain text of "Two Thanksgiving Day
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Get FIVE DAYS of back to school lessons for Middle School students who want to "Go Pro" that focus on community building, going over class agreements (rules) and setting goals. What's included: ★ Directions for two "getting to know you" games ★ A
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Now all Middle & High School Teachers can give their parents important class information AND "warm fuzzies" with just ONE sheet of paper for each student! This resource includes: ★ A video to show you (and your students) how to assemble the
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Here's a Month of Halloween themed bell-ringers all based on an original fiction text about visiting a spooky old house on Oak Street. Each week, students are given one sentence from the text and asked various questions about: ★ punctuation ★
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Here's a Month of bellringers all based on an included, original non-fiction text about Thanksgiving. It's a great way to celebrate the season and learn at the same time! Each week, students are given one sentence from the text and asked questions
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Use this flipbook to create an authentic holiday writing experience for your students! First, make the flipbook and discuss the 4 types of questions inside. The questions are about the gift-bringer, foods, customs, and language. Next, have
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Use this resource to help your students examine key excerpts and ideas from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech is NOT included as it is copyrighted. There is a link included that will take you to the National
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This resource of 3 different behavior systems will help any new middle school teachers set up a class management system for their new classes! One system is based on "behavior cards", one is based on a ticket system, and one is based on point
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Get all FIVE of my Back To School resources that help break the ice, build community, establish rules & procedures, and get to know your students with fun games and craftivities! What's included: ★Back to School for Middle School with ONE WEEK
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50% off for the first 48 hours of release! Here's four weeks of bellringers all based on the included poem "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe. It's a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day and learn at the same time! Each week, students are given
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Here's four weeks of bellringers all based on the included non-fiction text that gives facts and points of interest about 4 different places in the USA - The Grand Canyon, Washington D.C., New York City and Orlando! It's a great way to learn new
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Here's four weeks of bellringers all based on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. Since the speech is copyrighted, it is not included but there are links to the speech at the National Archives and a video. Each week, students
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Are you setting up a syllabus for the first time? Here's a peek at two different syllabi that I have used in my 23 years of teaching. They cover all the basics to help you get started with your own class! If you'd like a checklist to help you
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Play ZAP with your students to review the plot of A Christmas Carol! ZAP is easy to set up and easy to play! Just print, cut out the question strips and place into a tall cup. Then divide students into teams and you're ready to play! There are
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Taking time to have students make goals is so important but I have seen "get good grades" as a goal despite my efforts for too long! This year, we will work on SPECIFIC goal setting with a fun activity! First, students will sort goal strips into
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After teaching for 23 years in middle school, I've decided that's the place for me! I taught for ten years in the Orange County (Florida) Public School system at primarily the sixth-grade level. During that time I taught Language Arts, remedial reading, social studies and exceptional student education (aka special education). Then for 6 years, I taught sixth grade Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies to sixth graders in a private, independent school. Now I am back in public school and am teaching Middle School Language Arts to students with and without Special Needs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My style embodies all manners of creativity. I use any medium possible to share information and knowledge in new ways. This includes art, music, role-playing, and anything active. I am also a big fan of the Responsive Classroom and Tribes ways of teaching. These methods draw students into a community and helps them learn the curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment. My colleagues call me the "Kum-by-yah" teacher and I'm ok with that. :)

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I was named teacher of the year in 2007.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo. Bachelor of Art in English from SUNY Geneseo. Master of Education from Rollins College.

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Teaching is not a job, it's what I do.

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