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There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience
 
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I have found that middle school students often don't know how to organize paragraphs in an argument essay so that they can cite textual evidence and their own experience evidence. I created this graphic organizer to help them properly structure an
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This is the final exam I used for my 6th and 7th graders after they read Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is very extensive, so you can use what you need if you feel the entire thing is too much for your students. All of my materials are
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I used this inferring assessment both as a pre-test and a post-test for my 6th graders. There are a few questions on inferring from statements, a couple on inferring from pictures, and several on inferring from a story. As always, this product is
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I wrote this final exam for Nothing But the Truth by Avi when I couldn't find one I liked. It includes character matching, multiple choice, short constructed response, and essay questions. Sorry, no answer key is included. As always, this product
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My middle school students struggle with writing research essays. I have found they are lacking knowledge of the proper structure and the essential components of research papers. I wrote a sample research essay and then used PowerPoint to break down
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I used this goal road map to help my middle school students start to envision their future. There are text boxes for 1 year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, and 20 years. It has a road map theme that can be used for upper elementary, middle
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This is a simple organizer for primary students to demonstrate their knowledge of the life cycle of a plant. It could also be used for other life cycles. I used it as a pre-assessment and a post-assessment after I gave them sentence stems about the
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I created this organizer for my 2nd grade math class because a school-wide goal was for students to fully respond to short constructed response questions in an organized manner. This included responses to story or word problems. The organizer can
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I wrote this final exam for my 5th graders' unit on the American Revolution, It includes multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, and short constructed response questions. There is also an answer key. As always, this product is fully
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I created this spreadsheet to help 2nd graders organize their information about various organisms in their science unit. Students list their organism, draw a picture of it, use four adjectives to describe their organism, and use four adjectives to
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I created this worksheet to help 2nd grade students add change up to a dollar. It gives them 7 fruits with various prices and then a worksheet for them to complete by choosing fruits that add up to a dollar. As always, this product is fully
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I created this worksheet to help 2nd grade students add change up to a dollar. It gives them 7 bakery items with various prices and then a worksheet for them to complete by choosing bakery items that add up to a dollar. As always, this product is
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Primary students often struggle to distinguish between exterior characteristics and internal characteristics of characters in stories. I created this graphic organizer to help them organize their thoughts as they read a book or story. As always,
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This is a final exam for the novel The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss. I couldn't find a final exam when I assigned the novel to my 6th graders so I wrote one myself. It includes character matching, multiple choice, short answer, and essay
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This is a graphic organizer that I created when I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. There are boxes for the topic, a topic sentence, 3 details, and a concluding sentence. There are also text areas for audience, purpose, and key words.
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I used this contract in my computer skills class. Once we completed our unit on Internet safety, each student had to complete an Internet safety contract by stating what they will do or will not do when they are online. They then had to sign and
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This is a PowerPoint I created to demonstrate the sticky note strategy for close reading. I used it successfully to teach students how to use sticky notes to mark up their novels (the ones that do not belong to them). It includes sentence starters,
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This is a handbook I created for our middle school trip to New York a couple years ago. I provided a bound copy of this to each chaperone. It includes the following sections: Group Information Contents General Information Responsibilities During
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These passes have been used in my middle school classroom to successfully keep students in class as much as possible. I give each student 4 passes per trimester and once they use them all, they can't leave my classroom. Of course, if it's an
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One of my most successful projects last year was the Kindness Fair. The entry event I used was called Mission Possible. Students were required to do an act of kindness for someone and provide proof to me that they completed the "mission". They
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

After having taught in traditional schools for several years, I switched to a project based learning school two years ago. I discovered that building projects was a strength of mine I never knew I had! Now, I wouldn't teach any other way.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I prefer to set projects up for kids and let them do the learning. I leave breadcrumbs along the way to help pave their path to the learning goals, but they do all the work. Project based learning requires a lot of front-loading, but then, I can step back and let the students learn. I guide them and facilitate their learning process, but in the end, they come to their own conclusions, not mine.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Presenter at NewTech Network's Annual Conference on project based learning.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Arts in English from Colorado State University (creative writing concentration) Master's of Education in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a married mother of two and my family is the reason I do what I do.

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