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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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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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It’s the New Year! Begin 2018 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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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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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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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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The Crucible's main character, John Proctor, is an exemplary modern tragic hero, and teaching about him and the qualities of a tragic hero is an ideal lesson to supplement your teaching of the play. Use this beautifully designed presentation with
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These No Prep Prompts are Ready to Print and Use! Use one, two or all three of these American Literature writing prompts as you teach William Bradford, Anne Bradstreet, and Jonathan Edwards. Students are asked to “Put yourself in the shoes” of
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Black History Month : Poetry: Praise Song For The Day Inaugural Poem: No Prep! ***A Complete Print-and-Teach Lesson created by Maryann Saylor - Secondary Strategies*** Celebrate Black History Month by Analyzing the Inaugural Poem for President
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Welcome your students studying Spanish or your Spanish-speaking students back to school with this fun ice breaker activity that you can print and use in minutes. NO PREP! Using interesting prompts and cool images, this visually appealing “autofoto”
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A Valentine's Poem that's not mushy! "This Year's Valentin"e is a poem with vivid description, ample images, and effective use of alliteration. Teen students appreciate the lack of over-the-top romance that they sometimes find in other Valentine's
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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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These 28 Spanish Bell Ringers, translated by a Spanish teacher, are an excellent way to start class with a positive focus! The slides contain stunning photos and creative prompts written specifically to engage teens. After writing, you can have
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Would you like to easily add some creative writing to your ELA curriculum? If your answer is yes, then, the Skeltonic Verse poem is for you! Skeltonic verse, also known as "tumbling verse" because it tumbles down the page, is a fun, high-energy poem
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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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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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!

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? Contact me: msaylor.secondarystrategies@gmail.com

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