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See the entire literary essay unit by downloading the preview! This is a complete writing unit in one easy-to-use scaffolded guide. Scaffolding information is the sequencing of content, materials, and tasks. ALL terms are defined within the guide!
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See the entire autobiography unit by downloading the preview! This item is also available as part of a nonfiction reading/writing bundle. Click Here This autobiography was featured in the TpT newsletter! And, my students voted this their MOST
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See the entire myth mini-course and book study/report by downloading the preview! Myth is the often ignored genre. Yet... Kids LOVE exploring myths! This book study teaches students about myths while asking them to define ALL important story
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See the entire diversity lesson by downloading the preview! This item is also part of a larger bundle addressing classroom community! Click Here So. Much. FUN! Are you looking for a WOW activity that encourages students to understand and
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See the entire classroom behavior plan by downloading the preview! A purple (violet) heart symbolizes a sensitive, understanding and compassionate love. It honors duty and good judgment. Most CLASSROOM MANNERS materials intentionally showcase
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See the entire text features scavenger hunt by downloading the preview! This item is also part of a nonfiction reading/writing bundle. Click Here Are you looking for a SUPER FUN way to engage students in the study of informational text features?
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See the entire conservation lesson by downloading the preview! Are you looking for a fun, yet super academic, way to study conservation or the importance of Earth Day/Arbor Day? The Lorax teaches students to use resources wisely. Best of all...the
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See the entire nonfiction book study/report by downloading the preview! This item is also part of a nonfiction reading/writing bundle. Click Here This book study is a mini-course in reading and understanding nonfiction text. The ULTIMATE
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See the entire beginning the year letter/time capsule by downloading the preview! Are you looking for a new idea that asks students to begin the year thinking about the future? This activity is academically important, personally meaningful, and
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See the entire K-2 behavior plan by downloading the preview! A purple (violet) heart symbolizes a sensitive, understanding and compassionate love. It honors duty and good judgment. Most of the CLASSROOM MANNERS materials intentionally showcase
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See the entire historical fiction book study/report by downloading the preview! This book study teaches students about the historical fiction genre asking them to define important story elements. This book study includes: An anchor chart "What Is
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See the entire Molly's Pilgrim lesson/project by downloading the preview! Students LOVE this project and it's NOT just for Thanksgiving. This item is also part of a Holiday Celebration Bundle. Click Here Read aloud and discuss the story Molly's
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See the entire bibliography lesson by downloading the preview! This item isolates and simplifies the skill of writing a bibliography. It can be taught separately (grab a pile of books on a topic and have kids practice writing entries) OR used to
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See the entire fractured fairy tale book study/report by downloading the preview! Grab a pile of fractured fairy tales. Students love "The Three Little Wolves and the BIG BAD Pig!" or "Goldilocks and One Bear?" This book study teaches students
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See the entire public issues opinion/persuasive essay by downloading the preview! This item was FEATURED in the TpT newsletter! This item is also part of a nonfiction reading/writing bundle. Click Here Who knew that writing a persuasive essay
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See both the capitalization and punctuation rules anchor charts AND student reference charts by downloading the preview! This item is also part of a large nonfiction reading/writing bundle. Click Here This item is included in the Writing Anchor
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See the entire list of reading goals by downloading the preview! Do you need a way for students to quickly and accurately identify and self-select important reading goals? Reading goals are listed under comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and
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See the volunteer thank you certificates by downloading the preview! These certificates allow you to thank volunteers in a sincere and meaningful way. The certificates provide a quote, a poem, a thank you, and cute graphics. There are currently
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See the entire social justice book study/report by downloading the preview! The current political climate demands that students understand, form an opinion, AND confidently debate social issues. This book study invites children to brainstorm and
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See the entire scaffolded biography unit by downloading the preview! This is a COMPLETE nonfiction writing unit in one easy-to-use scaffolded student guide! Scaffolding information is the sequencing of content, materials, and tasks. ALL terms are
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught all grades K-8. Most of my experience is in grades 3 and 4. I've served on a variety of district committees, but I especially enjoy working on projects that involve behavior and classroom management. I've mentored new teachers within my district and had the pleasure of working with many student teachers. I've also worked with teachers who are in the process of improving classroom management per their evaluation.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is structured and driven by procedure. Within this framework, children are given a great deal of responsibility for problem-solving and encouraged to take risks. We do our personal best every day but with the understanding that we are not perfect. Mistakes are opportunities to learn. And, we laugh. A sense of humor goes a long way towards building healthy teacher/student relationships. I am an advocate of differentiation and scaffolding. My products allow each child to approach learning from his/her level of academic sophistication.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Proudest moments: My school district asked if I'd be willing to in-service teachers on classroom management and mentor struggling teachers. Professors of education encouraged me to start offering my work to others. I've successfully mentored many student students.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies along with many additional graduate level credit hours. My educational focus has been behavior, understanding the brain, and classroom management.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I worked in a struggling school for many years - forcing me to find ways to reach ALL children. I then taught in an A+ school. I've experienced both extremes. TpT is a hobby! Logo credit: mycutegraphics.com

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