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A great STEM project! Simulate what real engineers do! This 77 page unit is a different take on the more traditional Inventors unit. It takes kids through the Engineering Design Process as they complete a Whatchamacallit Workshop and create an
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Add RIGOR to your weekly morning work routine! Are you looking for a way to enrich and challenge your students? Are you always trying to find ways to infuse more rigor and creative thinking into your lessons? This weekly morning work file contains
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Brain Puzzlers are a fun way to foster critical thinking in your classroom, and they would make an excellent early finisher activity too! Essentially, students must look at the word or words on each card and consider the location of the words, the
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Analogy Puzzlers are a fun way to foster critical thinking in your classroom, and they would make an excellent early finisher activity too! Essentially, students must discern the relationship between the words on each puzzle card to complete sixteen
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I am always thinking about new ways to engage my students and to encourage critical thinking and creativity in the process. The Thinking Tubs address the Multiple Intelligences in meaningful and fun ways...and they give students choice and some
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Hink Pinks are a fun way to foster critical thinking in your classroom, and they would make an excellent early finisher activity too! Essentially, Hink Pinks are word puzzles that require your students to think of synonyms for each word on the
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The Equation Eureka task cards are a fun way to foster critical thinking in your classroom, and they would make an excellent early finisher activity too! Essentially, letter equations are well known phrases or facts where the key words have been
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Independent Study opportunities are powerful, especially for our gifted and talented students. This packet includes everything you need to launch an independent study center in your classroom. It's an adaptation of my Passion Project packet that
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I currently teach third and fourth grade gifted kiddos, and I enjoy every second of it! Over the past eleven years, I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with my job! I am extremely passionate about teaching and creating, and I enjoy being able to share that passion with others!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that teaching stretches far beyond the content areas. First and foremost, I work on establishing strong relationships with my students based on trust, mutual respect, and empathy. I realize that I am educating little people, and that even little people have problems that occasionally distract them from learning. I embrace this, and strive to meet their emotional and academic needs while at school. Sometimes we all need a pat on the back or a supportive smile to get us through the day. Beyond that, I take a child-centered approach to learning. I feel that if I say or do too much I am, in fact, inhibiting the students’ learning. My instruction is very much interactive, hands-on, authentic, and tailored to meet each individual student's needs as much as possible. I want the students to think intently and critically to find solutions, reflect on their learning, and gain independence. My role is to facilitate this learning and encourage them along the way. I provide the opportunities and then support as they complete assignments to ensure that every child feels a level of success and confidence in my classroom.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Masters in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction, a reading endorsement, and a gifted endorsement. I also work as an adjunct professor at a local university, and I love it! *Ultimate Goal: I would like obtain my Doctorate and perhaps work as a professor or Literacy Coach.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am an exceptionally lucky person who genuinely enjoys her job, and I consider teaching my greatest hobby. Third grade captured my heart, and now fourth grade is captivating me just as much! I also enjoy drawing, reading, singing, shopping and dancing. I thrive on being able to think creatively and think outside of the box. I love running! It is a great stress reliever! I also love traveling, spending time with my husband {of course}, my dogs Loralei and Stella, family and friends, and I love experiencing new things. I've recently delved into the world of workshops, and I am HOOKED! :)

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