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Bell Ringers, Warm Ups, or a Do Now: No matter what you call this activity, students LOVE starting class with these engaging writing prompts. Their unique and colorful images focus and engage students from the time the bell rings. Use these 28
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UPDATED FOR THE 2018 - 2019 SCHOOL YEAR! Have your students do this fun Back to School All About Me 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
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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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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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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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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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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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Too many students give writing prompts a quick glance and just start writing without a plan. Teaching students how to dissect and analyze writing prompts gives them a specific plan to follow before they begin to write. Teach them CUBS, a Writing
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Created for middle and high school teachers, this set of 24 different forms and posters will help with classroom management and will save you time, energy, and frustration. Not only are these forms and posters helpful, they are also visually
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Bell Ringers focus students at the beginning of class, and these stylish Bell Ringer Writing Prompt Journal Pages are ideal for organizing your students' written responses. With five different formats and ten eye-catching designs, you will be able
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I LOVE using this Ice Breaker Activity with my high school students, and I hope you do too! It's perfect for all types of classes and students in grades 9 - 12. It's a fun, full-class activity that allows you to get to know your students while they
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I'm happy to say that I'm in my 25th 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!


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.


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!


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.


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? Contact me:

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