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"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”~ Ray Bradbury
 
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My school district opted out of using Accelerated Reader several years ago. Since then, my middle school has tried to implement different strategies to motivate students to continue to read. We just began implementing our own version of Battle of
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This resource includes a Power Point presentation in the form of a PDF to review U.S. states and capitals. I've provided a description of how to use the resource, handouts for students to record their answers, and a homework pass for a reward. It
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If you are looking for a way to assess your students' knowledge before and after studying U.S. states and capitals, this is a useful tool. It is 1 part of a larger unit posted in my store. Resources include maps, keys, and modified pre and post
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This resource is 1 part of a larger resource that helps students master U.S. Geography. It takes the country and breaks it into 4 regions: northeast, south, midwest, and west. Tools include maps, quizzes, and keys. I've also added a modified
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My students struggle with identifying theme in a story and supporting their point of view with evidence from the text. As a seventh grade teacher, I pay close attention to what my students will be expected to produce in 8th grade. One of their
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This is one graphic organizer for sale in 2 different ways. One way is a pdf format with clipart from another seller's store. The same graphic organizer is also in a docx format which will allow you to edit it to meet your specific needs. The
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I developed this resource as a way to increase student knowledge about U.S. Geography. I spent over a year using my own students’ progress to make it more effective. This is the final result. A "How-To" is provided to help you make this activity
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching since 2002, but had to take a year off when I moved from a rural community back to the suburbs of Chicago. I can't believe that this is my 12th year in education! I've worked for the last 8 years in a small school district with rapidly changing demographics. The downturn in the economy has affected a number of our families, and we have had a huge influx of immigrants in recent years, which is changing how I teach, as I strive to meet various students' needs. My student teaching was with juniors and seniors in high school. I was involved in an intensive student teaching program, so I spent the whole school year with those students. I taught U.S. History and Government. I've taught 6th and 7th grade in recent years; the subjects have been reading, language arts, and social studies. I've also been teaching the interventions for reading and writing the last 4 years. I have an MsED, which makes me a certified reading specialist. In addition, I have begun to work on an endorsement for English Language Learners. I lead a teachers group called "Teachers as Readers," which is a book club for teachers using young adult literature. This helps keep me current and the incentive for teachers to participate is getting new books for their classroom. Finally, I am the sponsor of our school newspaper, "The General."

MY TEACHING STYLE

I use a variety of techniques depending on my students' needs. It usually consists of whole class instruction, modeling, and independent work. I prefer to give my students choices with assignments, but I also think there is a place for some memorization of very specific terms such as genre and text structure types and figurative language. I'm not a huge proponent of memorizing vocabulary, but prefer to teach students to use context clues.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I graduated with honors in both my undergraduate and graduate studies.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's Degree in History Endorsed in English and social studies; certified to teach grades 6-12 Ms.Ed in Literacy Certified Reading Specialist for grades K-12

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Married with no children, so I spoil my nieces and nephews instead. Product of a military family; spent several years living overseas and attending Department of Defense schools. Avid reader who tries to instill that in my students. Heavily involved in volunteering for Midwest BREW, a beagle rescue organization. We foster and transport beagles of all shapes and sizes.

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