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These Bell Ringers are an excellent way to start class! The prompts were written with teens in mind, the photos that go with them are stunning and interesting, and these bell ringers can be used in ANY classroom: English, Physical Education, Art,
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UPDATED FOR THE 2017 - 2018 SCHOOL YEAR! Have your students do this fun Back to School Ice Breaker activity on the first day of school, and you’ll hook them for the whole year! Using terms that teens can relate to, this visually appealing “selfie”
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Making inferences while reading is one of the most important skills we can teach our students. When students read, they should be inferring using both explicit evidence and implicit information gleaned from the texts in front of them - but many
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It’s the New Year! Begin 2017 with poetry that hits Common Core standards and engages students at the same time. The poem “Burning the Old Year” hooks students by first asking them to think of their own lives—and what they would burn from the past
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Teaching students how to infer and make inferences can be challenging, but it's an important reading comprehension skill that students need practice with. These graphic organizers assist you by providing three-step instructions and clearly defined
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Teaching students to identify the main idea of a text becomes an enjoyable experience when you teach them to identify different types of details. Details support main ideas but never are the main ideas themselves. When students can identify the
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Of Mice and Men Interactive Notebook : Characterization This interactive notebook project focuses on close analysis of the cast of characters in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Your students will analyze character development; the relationships
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Recognize students’ positive actions, behaviors, and accomplishments with High Fives—a versatile resource that rewards students for expending effort, taking risks, thinking deeply, caring about others, having an AH-HA! moment, reaching goals, and
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Students need to cite textual evidence to support the claims that they make; using an evidence indicator helps students to clearly show their readers where that evidence is located in their writing. The evidence indicators included on the
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Would you like to help your students start their sentences with varied and interesting beginnings? Would you like to be able to help them easily improve their writing? If so, then this lesson that teaches six different sentence starters is the way
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Poetry and writing bellringers with stunning images--is there a better way to start class each day? This poetry bell ringer collection contains some terrific poems and prompts to use at the beginning of class or as the basis for longer writing
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I created this second set of 26 Bell Ringers with stunning photos and engaging prompts after getting such good feedback about the first set - both from teachers like you but also from my own students. I'm so happy that they have been so well
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It's reassuring to have a ready-to-use behavior modification plan on hand, especially when problematic behaviors occur. When students display inappropriate behaviors, giving them an opportunity to think about their actions and change them is a
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The Story of an Hour Constructed Response, Close Reading, & Inference Statements This 3-part lesson engages students and meets Common Core standards with the close reading of the classic tale “The Story of an Hour.” While reading the story,
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These 10 Constructed Response writing assignments ask your students to engage in Higher Order Thinking and respond in writing to a standards-based prompt. Included are 10 printable handouts that you can use TODAY! What's Included: Chapters 1 and
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Using these Accommodations and SDI’s Tracking Forms will help you to stay on top of the many and varied accommodations and SDI’s you’ll find on your students’ IEP or 504 documents. The forms will save you time, help you stay organized, and will make
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Anne Bradstreet : Jonathan Edwards : Essays with Quick Grading Students will read Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards and write follow-up essays. After reading Anne Bradstreet’s poetry and after studying the searing “Sinners” sermon of Jonathan
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Teach the themes that John Steinbeck showcased in Of Mice and Men with this Interactive Theme Mini-Binder. This resource includes a hands-on Theme Mini-Binder that students assemble, along with a six-slide PowerPoint presentation that explains each
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Poetry: Complete; no prep! "Tarantulas on a Lifebuoy" by Thomas Lux Too many of us are nervous about teaching poetry--but fear no more! This poetry lesson on Thomas Lux's poem "Tarantulas on a Lifebuoy" is on a topic that grabs students' attention
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Have your Creative Writing students do this fun Back to School Ice Breaker activity on the first day of school, and you’ll hook them for the whole year! Using terms that teens can relate to, this visually appealing “selfie” allows students to share
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I'm happy to say that I'm in my 24th year of teaching--all at the same high school in central Pennsylvania. I've taught 9th - 12th graders, spending most of my days with sophomores and juniors. I've also done a great deal of homebound instruction for students who are temporarily out of school for one reason or another. The successes these students saw while enduring their own struggles is inspiring!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in the power of my students to learn and learn and learn, so it is my philosophy to present them with the foundations for their learning and a multitude of opportunities to express that learning--and then to step back and let them have at it. There is always a specific, standards-based, rigorous end in mind, but they are ultimately in charge of their learning--with the best coach on the sidelines I can be.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

A recent shining moment: On a recent Friday afternoon just before the bell rang at the end of the day, after sharing several poems by Billy Collins with my students, one self-professed poetry hater said: "Well, I kind of like poetry now!" Talk about a WONDERFUL way to end the week!

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

San Diego State--I began my education there--as an El. Ed. major. Penn State Harrisburg--Where I earned my undergraduate degree--in Sec. Ed. Humanities. Many, many workshops and courses that have provided new insights and current educational information.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I chuckled during the interview for my current teaching position when I was described as "bicoastal", but I am, indeed, a product of both coasts of the United States. After growing up in California, I moved to Pennsylvania (long story....) and now love this beautiful state. I am--and always will be--a California girl, but Pennsylvania is my home. Do any of you have your heart in more than one place?

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