I have been teaching Reading/Language Arts for 12 years. I LOVE teaching middle school and the huge range of maturity and skill sets that includes. I have students in the 5th-99th percentile and write reading guides that meet them where they are and push them to go deeper. I want all students to access deep concepts without being burdened with busy work. I'm a busy mom and share work I've done that makes my classroom run more purposefully and productively. I hope you enjoy!
I make guided reading guides with questions that dig deep and prompt discussion. I also focus my speaking and writing on clear claims and evidence, and these show in my questions.
Teacher of the Year at my school (2013) Chicago Foundation for Education ARLI Action Research Fellow (2014) Chicago Foundation for Education Small Grant Winner for novels and robots (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and presenter at symposium (using graphic novels in middle school reading--2016) Presented to my school staff on Backwards Design for 3 hour PD (2017)
I studied English, sociology, and education in undergraduate and earned a masters in middle school science education. I am also ELL endorsed.
I am a mom to two lively small children, so I value efficiency at home and at school. I love being a teacher and a mom, but juggling these roles isn't always easy. I share resources with you that have made my life easier and the time in front of my students effective. Each purchase you make helps me expand my classroom library (and put diapers on my baby!).
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Specialty, Science, Biology, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Critical Thinking, Literature, Study Skills, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Poetry, Test Preparation, Close Reading