Mrs Spangler in the Middle
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This resource gives students a pattern for organizing informative and argumentative essays. Think about it like this: How could one decorate the walls of a new house if the walls haven't been built yet? They can't! The organization of essays are
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This file is week one of a 12-week curriculum that teaches a student how to write a non-text based expository essay. It includes: ★ 4 days of lessons + 1 quiz in text with ANSWERS ★ paragraph pre-test ★ writing process review with powerpoint
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This syllabus and behavior system will help any new middle school teachers set up a class management system for their new classes! In the syllabus, I lay out an introduction, grading, supplies, homework, discipline and a student information sheet.
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This is a little editing and proofreading checklist that just covers the basics using COPS. C - Capitals (as in at the start of sentences & names) O - Order and Organization (does it make sense?) P - Punctuation (at the end of sentences and
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This is a little 1 page review of the structure of a paragraph. I have used this as a quick review or refresher on how to write a basic paragraph. It comes with an answer key too! If you are looking for essay writing materials, you might
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This little freebie is a worksheet to help students practice writing topic sentences by using the question as part of their sentence. It comes with an answer key. You might then wish to get my other freebie for a quick review on paragraph
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Can’t Live Without Mrs. Spangler in the Middle's Free Resources! This 'Can’t Live Without It' freebie is meant to help you learn a little about me as a teacher and a real person . . . and to provide you with a one-page resource you can use in your
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I made these cards to help review some basic proofreading and editing concepts that my students will be tested on in our new state test. The topic is Great Danes and there are 24 cards total. The file includes an answer sheet and answer key. All
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Have you ever felt a chill in the air as middle schoolers swagger into the classroom? Break the ice by getting them up, moving and having fun! Use 1 or all 3 of these fun activities to warm up the crowd! If you'd like more to choose from PLUS a
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Yes, I still sign planners (agendas) in Middle School! :) This is a little freebie for all my blog readers who are interested in helping Middle Schoolers create a habit of being accountable for their assignments. Read more about it here: Why I
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This is a freebie to accompany by blog post located here: How I Create Order with the Help of Bell Ringers Every year, I experiment with bell ringers in my middle school classes because every class is different. This year I am going to try some
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Introduce the six persuasive strategies of Big Names, Logos, Pathos, Ethos, Kairos and Research to your students using these pages and an interactive notebook foldable! This is just one part of teaching persuasive or argumentative essays. For
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Before I teach my middle school students essay writing, I always start with the vocabulary. This way we can all make sure we are on the same page! This little freebie is a cloze activity that you could use as an assessment of the vocabulary. It
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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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Teach and review metaphor and similes with these handy differentiated picture notes! This is a freebie so you can get to know Pixanotes™ and see how they will help all your students understand and remember more content - including those students
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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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This year, I had a new idea for how I wanted to approach test prep. I love using picture books like Miss Rumphius to make certain concepts easier to digest and I thought it might be a great way to get ready for those state tests too! This freebie
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Over the course of 22 years in teaching, I have seen many different styles of taking notes. The ones that seem to really work are the ones that incorporate visuals and content. It turns out that this is because our brains are primarily image
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#kindnessnation #weholdthesetruths This activity uses a song to help students uncover what they stand for to define their character. Once displayed, teachers can remind students to be "treasure hunters" instead of "trash collectors". You'll
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Have you ever wondered how to get a file from your Google Drive into your Edmodo group so you could make sure your students have the information they need? Here's a quick little video to show you how to do exactly that! Thanks and Enjoy! Let's
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After teaching for 21 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 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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