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Looking for a way to develop your students' reading, while having fun - look no further! These cards have 12 short texts for students to really drill down into the skills they need to become excellent readers. Students love zombies and this, along
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Develop reading skills (CCSS-aligned), get your students discussing passionately and improve their capacity for learning - what's not to love? A perfect resource to develop your students' thinking skills any time but particularly good for early in
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This is the first in my series of 'quests' for a World Mythology unit and the most popular of my products to date. The materials herein may be used in mixed ability classes; I have used it with such groups including EAL and SEN learners, but much
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This simplified and abridged version of Macbeth is mostly in contemporary English, but also has occasional lines from the original play. I have used this script with mixed ability classes including ‘gifted’, special needs and ESL learners, and it’s
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Get your students begging for their next prompt with these super-engaging task cards! Journal prompts, bellringers, station work - they can be used in various ways, not only for writing but also to promote discussion skills. With 48 unique cards in
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Does the idea of literary analysis leave your students nervous? Remove all fear by making use of Thinglink - an interactive multimedia tagging app available free online. Through using Thinglink (a free online site), students create an interactive
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This lesson is print-and-go so would be perfect for a teacher-in-a-hurry or a cover lesson as all student instructions are included. Focus on public writing and speaking skills with this zombie-themed task. These materials set up a scenario where
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This lesson would be perfect for a teacher in a hurry or a cover lesson as all student instructions are included. Get students to identify figurative language in an engaging way by reading and/or listening to music lyrics along the zombie / death
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This handy resource is designed as a start-of-lesson activity to get your students (back) into 'spy mode.' Students watch a short (6-minute) spy animation that is freely available online: link provided. The accompanying task sheet can be used as a
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This is a physical lesson I use at the start of my mythology units to engage the class and get them enthused about our area of study. The materials herein may be used in mixed ability classes; I have used it with such groups including EAL and SEN
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More task cards for teachers who really want to engage their students! Students literally cheer when I pull out a set of task cards because they know they are going to have fun learning. These are perfect for mini-lessons, whole class teaching,
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The first set of these cards was so popular with my students that I've made another. Here again, you will find 12 attention-grabbing reading extracts on the topic of zombies. Crossing a range of genres and practising various specific reading skills,
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So you want to get your students practising their speaking and listening, but are running low on ideas? Here's your answer! Special Agent Ivor C Krett has been poisoned, but who's to blame? In this Common Core aligned lesson - suitable for any
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Save lots of $$$ with this bundle containing ALL my zombie-themed resources to date. As I add resources, the price rises so grab it now to get these - and all future additions - without having to pay a penny more! Take a look at the individual
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Are you tired of reading student prose that fails to capture the imagination? Have you had enough of the same worn-out similes and metaphors that do nothing to enliven the mind? This lesson focuses on encouraging students to write fresh and original
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This bundle contains most of the Greek Mythology products from my store. I intend to keep adding products as they become available, so buying the bundle now means you never again pay for any items added (as the price rises). This money-saving
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A simple ZERO PREP 2-page task. Students start by checking their comprehension of some key language and then choose the correct answer from 2 options and then view the animation to check their responses. I've used this with mixed ability classes,
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Save $$$ with this bundled pack to get you started on your spy genre unit, or simply to practice some critical thinking. Contained are engaging activities for reading, writing, speaking and listening. All are designed to engage students and link
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After much testing and refining, it's finally here! Gorgon Quest sees your students set out on an adventure as a team, to defeat the Medusa. They can test their knowledge of Greek Mythology (or any other content you choose). My students love this
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Looking for a way to review The Odyssey? Look no further than this highly engaging game which will remind you of the hours of fun you had playing Pictionary. If your students are old enough to explore the story of The Odyssey in any of its versions,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Just like you, I've worked hard for the opportunity to do my dream jobs in education. I've taught in various countries around Europe and Asia. Working with all ages from pre-schoolers to adults, and preparing learners for exams ranging across national and international curriculums, I've been lucky to experience real diversity in teaching.

My (often-combined) roles have included ESL teacher, tech coach, IB Diploma teaching and learning coordinator, Google Certified Trainer, head of department, department coordinator, teacher trainer, examiner...I love teaching and coaching in whatever form it comes!

I currently teach ELA, Digital Literacy and Writing in a US-leaning, one-to-one (Apple Distinguished) international school in Vietnam.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching stems from the acronym EMPOWER, which I created when trying to encapsulate my core values for students and teachers. It allows me to avoid distraction and remain true to my beliefs around learning.

E - ETHICS: I want to encourage upstanding individuals who have a care for the ecosystem around them, including both living and nonliving beings.

M - METACOGNITION: by promoting the understanding of learning, I hope to enhance the experience of personal development intentionally and with great awareness of what we know tends to work best.

P - PERSONALISATION: every individual is just that - individual. The same approach from last year's cohort might not suit this year's so I aim to ensure my lessons address relevant needs.

O - OWNERSHIP: I have delivered teacher-training on student choice and voice, and always strive to ensure this is one of the core features of my teaching. When we feel like we are in the driving seat of our own development, we are so much more effective at reaching our goals.

W - WAYS OF LEARNING: I am not married to any one approach, but rather collaborate with my learners to find out what will best work for them. While I promote enquiry-learning, such as PBL, through my lessons in order to encourage critical thinking, direct instruction (in short bursts) also has a place in my toolkit. I take each approach on its merit and suitability for the learning we are trying to achieve.

E - EMPOWERMENT: in all my teaching, I want learners - whether adult, teens or children to come away feeling they have been given the confidence, strength, knowledge and skills to move forward in their learning journeys. I want to make myself redundant by coaching independent, resourceful and thoughtful learners who know how to achieve their goals.

R - RIGOUR: I believe that enjoyable learning experiences do not have to be 'fluff' - learning itself is fun! Therefore, I do not shy away from challenging my students to reach ever higher, ensuring they are supported in their endeavours.

What else??> I fill my inbox with blog subscriptions related to one-to-one laptop programs; sustainability & permaculture; the (critically discerning) use of technology; metacognition; student choice & voice; the Flat Classroom; 21st Century skills; PBL; CBC (Concept-Based Curriculum); innovation in education; and secondary school teaching.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

My qualifications have come from my love of learning and always wanting to find the next challenge. Among the most relevant to my day-to-day teaching and resource writing are Google Education Trainer; Flat Classroom Certificate; Flat Classroom Certificate; and Project-Based Learning Certificate (by PBLU from the Buck Institute of Education).

I write PD and teaching resources for a number of publishers including Heinemann's Digital Campus, Teachit and ZigZag Education.

I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to present regularly at various conferences including 21st Century Learning, Teachers Teaching Teachers, Google Apps for Education events and the Global Education Conference.

When I have time, I am an examiner for various boards. This has included Cambridge Young Learner exams, GCSE, A Level and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

I also facilitate student presenters at conferences such as Learning2; it's an honour to help them get their voices heard.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA in English & Philosophy. From there, I went on to secure my masters in Education (Applied Linguistics), and the UK's national teacher qualification - the PGCE - in English & Drama.

Along the way, I also gained my Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English Language to Adults and Young Learners.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Want to take a peek behind the scenes? That's cool - I always want to know the person behind the logo too!

I'm wife of a truly supportive and patient husband (#justgotlucky), and (always-trying-my-best-but-you-know-what-it's-like) mum to 3 energetic kids.

The Cheeky Monkeys

Born in London and raised in the north of Ireland, I have an unusual (read: 'unheard of') mix of Irish (Mum) and Ghanaian (Dad) genes. #butwhereareyoureallyfrom

Interested to know more? I'd LOVE to learn from / support / laugh / commiserate / collaborate / connect with YOU. Email me any time via withreachhigh@gmail.com, join me on Pinterest - pinterest.com/withreachhigh - or hop on over to my brand new blog www.learningtoempower.com

Love your teaching life!

Abena #saywhat
(AH-bin-a)

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