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Back to School : Ice Breaker: Activity : 10 Things in Common This ice breaker can be used with high-school students of all grade levels and in all types of classes. It's a fun, full-class activity that allows you to get to know your students while
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FREEBIE: How To Use Vocabulary.com Vocabulary Lists Vocabulary.com is one terrific website for all-things word related. One of its best uses is for the creation of vocabulary lists that can be individualized for each lesson and for each student.
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Free Poetry No Prep Sonnet 97 Close Reading and Constructed Response This Print-and-Use poetry lesson on Sonnet 97 is ready to go! This complete lesson includes everything you’ll need: A Bell Ringer / Exit Ticket, Close Reading of the poem (with
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If you are a lover of word games, you already know how much fun they can be. Now you can share that fun with your students when they play Bubble Words. Bubble Words is like nothing else around because it has been designed by a teacher specifically
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Making inferences is probably the most important reading skill teachers can teach and reteach. Teaching students to take what is stated in the text – either explicitly or implicitly – and marry that to their schema – ALL of their prior knowledge –
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#kindnessnation #weholdthesetruths Showing students that we accept them just the way they are is essential to a productive and happy student - teacher relationship. This poster and its wording makes abundantly clear that no matter where students
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Teach your students how to infer and make inference statements. Students will identify Explicit and Implicit details in texts and how to use them to make an inference with this Two-Sentence Story. This single story is a small SAMPLE of my How to
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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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