NOT2cool4school

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Making school COOL for teens & tweens of today!
 
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This is the perfect spooky (sometimes terrifying!) novel unit to freak out your high school students! Recently updated and expanded, this COMPLETE NOVEL UNIT BUNDLE includes all of the individual products that I offer for my Who Done It -And Then
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One of the most beloved stories of all time, Where The Red Fern Grows is sure to be a hit with your middle school students like it has been year after year with mine! Don't be surprised by tears though -even from the boys!! This classic story
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My all-time best-selling product, Grimm's Fairytales Complete Unit, just got an upgrade! This unit now features a new super fun & modern interactive classroom activity, expanded & more detailed lesson plans, plus a bonus art project! I hope
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Even though The Count of Monte Cristo was written more than 150 years ago, the story is just as thrilling as it ever was. Your high school students will be engrossed in the Count's schemes of revenge and will be shocked by all the twists and turns
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High School and advanced 8th grade students love this classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which is still as thrilling and horrifying today as it was more than 75 years ago! With its thrilling plot twists, rich vocabulary, and timeless
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Food 411 is a curriculum I have developed to guide teens & tweens through an exploration of where our food comes from, how it gets from our farms to our plates, what our food is made of, how it is prepared, & what role food plays in our
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This test covers 13 of the most common and important literary devices & figurative language: -Imagery -Simile -Metaphor -Personification -Onomatopoeia -Foreshadowing -Hyperbole -Symbolism -Irony -Oxymoron -Theme -Alliteration -Assonance This
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One of the most beloved short-stories of all time, Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" is a timeless action story that continues to excite students even today. This story is sure to be an instant hit with advanced middle school, or high
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Arguably the most famous Greek tragedy of all time, Oedipus Rex, or Oedipus the King, is a fabulous choice for introducing your students to the world of the Greek tragedy. The stomach-twisting plot, heart-wrenching angst, and expected yet
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High School and advanced 8th grade students love this classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which is still as thrilling and horrifying today as it was more than 75 years ago! With its thrilling plot twists, rich vocabulary, and timeless
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A gold ring, goblins, elves, spiders, dwarves, a dragon, adventure, danger -you can't ask for a story that will better capture the interest of your tween & teen students than The Hobbit. In fact, The Hobbit was THE book that converted me to a
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A gold ring, goblins, elves, spiders, dwarves, a dragon, adventure, danger -you can't ask for a story that will better capture the interest of your tween & teen students than The Hobbit. In fact, The Hobbit was THE book that converted me to a
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High School and advanced 8th grade students love this classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which is still as thrilling and horrifying today as it was more than 75 years ago! With its thrilling plot twists, rich vocabulary, and timeless
$2.99
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Middle School and High School students love this classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which is still as thrilling and horrifying today as it was more than 75 years ago! With its thrilling plot twists, rich vocabulary, and timeless suspense,
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5 ratings
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High School and advanced 8th grade students love this classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie, which is still as thrilling and horrifying today as it was more than 75 years ago! With its thrilling plot twists, rich vocabulary, and timeless
$2.99
6 ratings
3.9
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A gold ring, goblins, elves, spiders, dwarves, a dragon, adventure, danger -you can't ask for a story that will better capture the interest of your tween & teen students than The Hobbit. In fact, The Hobbit was THE book that converted me to a
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A gold ring, goblins, elves, spiders, dwarves, a dragon, adventure, danger -you can't ask for a story that will better capture the interest of your tween & teen students than The Hobbit. In fact, The Hobbit was THE book that converted me to a
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One of the most beloved short-stories of all time, Richard Connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" is a timeless action story that continues to excite students even today. This story is sure to be an instant hit with advanced middle school, or high
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Updated! Heart-felt, thought-provoking, and inspiring, Thank You Ma'am by Langston Hughes is a fabulous short story to read with your Middle School students. The odd and intriguing story-line will keep your students interested as well as open the
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A gold ring, goblins, elves, spiders, dwarves, a dragon, adventure, danger -you can't ask for a story that will better capture the interest of your tween & teen students than The Hobbit. In fact, The Hobbit was THE book that converted me to a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

"You teach teenagers???" (with a disgusted facial expression). This is the usual reaction I get when I tell people the grades I teach. However, a select, odd-ball, and somewhat sardonic group of us, have found Middle School & High School to be our home. Call us crazy, gutsy, or label us with some outlandish martyr-complex. But what we know that the others, looking out at us with concern through the sun-catcher laden windows of their perfect elementary classrooms, is that the struggle is worth it. It's WORTH IT. Our students don't dote on us that unconditional love that is so easily bestowed by young children. Any respect or admiration that we receive, trust us, we have EARNED. That is what makes teaching teenagers so rewarding, for those of us who can handle daily re-enactments of "Mean Girls" and occasional scenes that could rival the best of National Geographic. This crazy, drama-central jungle-gym is where I have found my home for the past three years. I have taught Language Arts, Remedial Reading, Elective Drama, & Elective Nutrition to a wide-range of students over the past three years, including gifted as well as special needs. My biggest success each year has been instilling in my students a love and passion for reading and writing, particularly in those students who have never enjoyed either in previous years. In addition, I take pride in the overall role I play in raising my students' self-esteem (which is often in a delicate state), and praising them to success when their support systems at home fall short.

MY TEACHING STYLE

In this digital and social-media-driven age, it is more difficult than ever to grab our students' attention in the classroom. Making school "cool" for teens and tweens is challenging, especially since what's "cool" changes so quickly these days. We have to seize every opportunity to ignite a passion for learning, and get creative to establish an environment that students find stimulating and fun. Often this means rethinking lesson plans and finding creative ways to make our lessons applicable and relevant for today. Rather than fighting our students' socially-centered culture in our classrooms, we need to embrace it and use it as a tool to get our students' attention and make learning exciting for them by engaging them in learning through something they love and value. By doing this, students gain more respect and appreciation for their teachers' efforts, and will grow to enjoy and value learning again. My classroom environment is highly interactive as well as goal and rewards-system-oriented. Students are challenged by socially-driven class activities, modernized lesson plans, and healthy competitions. In addition, my students are encouraged through a positive rewards and recognition system I have established. This rewards system is highly motivating to my students, especially those students so in need of recognition. Everything I teach, everything I do in my classroom revolves around this crucial rewards system. It keeps my students motivated. It keeps them accountable. It keeps them excited. It works. My classroom would fail without it. And I want to share it with you! Join me in making school COOL again for our teens & tweens!

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have my Bachelor's degree in Directing/Performing for the Theatre. Also, I have Reading Endorsement and professional Teaching Certificate for the state of Florida.

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