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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This is a list of 10 (or so) different things you could do with a class to help end the year. These are things that I have done with various classes generally in Middle School over the past 22 years. Most of the ideas are "grab & go" with
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Mix it, Match It! is an interactive game. The teacher mixes up all the questions and answers that are on separate cards and gives each student one card. Students must then find their match! Directions for students: 1. Read the card. 2. Decide
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Looking for a way to differentiate the curriculum through Language Arts and still practice close reading in groups? This is a short story project that is based on the multiple intelligences. Students take a multiple intelligences "test" and then
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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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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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This resource provides scaffolded practice activities for working with the organization of text-based essays. It includes: ★ Center #1: Text-based Vocabulary with interactive notebook foldable and cloze activity. ★ Center #2: Informative Essay
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According to David Coleman, President of the College Board and architect of the Common Core, the secret to scoring well on standardized tests is in the understanding of academic vocabulary. So I went to my state's (Florida's) website and pulled
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Looking for a way to practice essay support in centers? Look no further! Here are 3 centers + an interactive notebook foldable to record sentence starters! ★ Two original texts about Stonehenge with a prompt ★ Center #1: Relevant vs. Irrelevant
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This file includes a model of organization for an expository essay that is NOT text based and another copy for you (or your students) to cut up for a hands-on activity. The included essay is a basic essay (not a polished one) that I think will be
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This is a 30 minute lesson targeted for learning & using the trait of Ideas. I teach middle school and think of this being most like an introduction, refresher or extender on the topic. It provides step-by-step instructions with an objective,
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Looking for a way to practice conventions like capitalization, punctuation and basic grammar in centers? Look no further! Here are 3 hands-on centers + an interactive notebook foldable for each! ★ Center #1: Complete Sentences ★ Center #2:
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This is just a little quick and fun Halloween themed way to practice brainstorming vivid verbs. Just use the haunted house door and windows as "lift a flaps" where students generate more vivid verbs for the words given with a partner. Thanks and
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Let your students practice the skills of Focus, Organization, Support and Conventions in Centers! SAVE with this bundle of all FOUR of my Essay Practice Centers! ★ Focus Practice: A different center for Purpose, Audience and Task ★ Organization
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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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Get scaffolded practice activities for determining focus of purpose, audience and task in a piece of writing with this resource! It includes: ★ Interactive Notebook activity as an introduction to purpose, audience and task ★ Two Posters plus
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Mix it, Match It! is an interactive game. The teacher mixes up all the questions and answers that are on separate cards and gives each student one card. Students must then find their match! Directions for students: 1. Read the card. 2. Decide if
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As the school year or semester winds down, students seem to become "antsy". They need something that is self-directed so there's no time for them to "zone out" or cause a disruption. This is when I like to have students work on project based
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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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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 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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