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By Spark Creativity
Learning students’ names has always been hard for me. I used to get so nervous during the first two weeks, afraid I was going to offend the kids I was working so hard to engage by making simple mistakes with their names.Then I started printing name
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Handouts
$1.50
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By Spark Creativity
With this fun activity for the first week, you'll...Help students build relationships and communityIntroduce one-pagers as a way to represent key ideas in your classTeach kids how to use hexagonal thinking in a meaningful wayGet to know your
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.50
146
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By Spark Creativity
Want to ignite quality discussion with hexagonal thinking as you read your next class novel, but unsure how to get started? This strategy can yield inspiring results, so let me help you launch it with this easy-to-use, resource-packed toolkit.
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Activities
$3.00
39
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By Spark Creativity
Hexagonal thinking is a rich way to inspire discussion at any point in a novel. With these templates, student groups first create the elements they will connect in six categories (characters, themes, style, symbols, connections to other works,
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
28
Digital Download ZIP (9.70 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Let's face it, MLA format can feel like the ogre under the academic bed. Intimidating. Complicated. Not to mention annoying. But with the resources now available to our kids online (like the Purdue writing lab's guide to citation), it doesn't have
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Bulletin Board Ideas
$4.00
36
Digital Download PDF (11.51 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Need an engaging activity before winter break? Try this fun magnetic poetry lesson. Students have a chance to unwind a little while thinking about the beautiful parts of winter. With four lovely backgrounds to choose from and a large set of winter
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Poetry
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Fun Stuff
$1.00
36
Digital Download PPTX (0.56 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Want a creative tool to help ignite critical thinking during online discussion?Hexagonal thinking is a unique method that gets kids thinking about the connections between big ideas across your unit. It's an easy way to make interdisciplinary
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Google Apps, Activities
$5.00
12
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By Spark Creativity
It's a Wonderful Life is a classic film that can keep you sane in the last few days before break when your students need a bit of holiday fun. But showing a movie right before break can have its pitfalls. Holiday-crazed students sometimes have
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Visual Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.00
26
Digital Download PDF (7.55 MB)
By Spark Creativity
If you're looking to inspire your students to work on one-pagers or sketch notes so they can better process and retain the information they are trying to learn, this packet of templates can help. They give students a little structure to help them
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment
FREE
265
Digital Download PDF (9.05 MB)
By Spark Creativity
MLA citation format can be so tough. Not only is it probably draining your grading flair pens, it's a frustrating distraction sometimes for students who are trying to work on the quality of their writing.By putting these beautiful posters up in your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Posters, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
10
Digital Download PDF (11.28 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Get to know your students and start building relationships in the first week of school with this fun goal-setting "magnetic" poetry lesson. With four lovely backgrounds to choose from and a large set of loosely goal-themed "magnetic" poetry words,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Activities
$1.00
4
Digital Download PPTX (0.56 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Wish you could try escape rooms without all the hassle and endless prep hours? This digital escape room kit has been designed to let you quickly create an escape room for any content you want to teach. Play some fun music, dim the lights, pass out
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Activities
$4.00
2
Digital Download PPTX (0.56 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Need an engaging activity for Thanksgiving? Try this fun magnetic poetry lesson. Students have a chance to unwind a little while thinking about what makes them happy. With three lovely backgrounds to choose from and a large set of gratitude-themed
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Poetry
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Activities
$1.00
22
Digital Download PPTX (0.56 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Want to experiment with hexagonal thinking? Not interested in manufacturing dozens of cards for every discussion?I hear you. With these five pages of beautiful rainbow hexagons, you can prepare for any hexagonal thinking discussion. Simply print,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Social Studies - History, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
40
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By Spark Creativity
Ever wish you had time to make your handouts look like the ones you love on TPT? Now you do! With these five templates, you can create beautiful bell-ringers, quizzes, prompts, and projects and the graphic design is already in place. Just plug in
Subjects:
For All Subject Areas
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Handouts, Professional Documents
$2.00
9
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By Spark Creativity
Tired of talking at parents on Back-to-School night? Get rid of that stress and save your voice with these fun editable stations. Add your details to the stations in Google slides, then print out one copy of each station sign and copies of the added
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities
$2.00
1
Digital Download PPTX (0.56 MB)
By Spark Creativity
One easy way to minimize physical grading is just to pop a sticker at the top to let kids know you saw it and appreciated their effort to get it done. Not everything needs extensive feedback or a letter grade.The same is often true for digital work!
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subject Areas, Social Studies - History
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Fun Stuff
$1.00
7
Digital Download ZIP (10.95 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Designing a syllabus can be a stressful job. There's so much you want to put into it, but you want it to look good and be clear so students can focus on what's important. Then there's the fact that they usually only look at it for about two
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts
$1.00
12
Digital Download PPTX (1.05 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Bright, colorful posters to inspire bright, colorful writing! Sometimes students just need a quick reminder to include vivid sensory details in their narrative, and these posters can help. There are six posters sharing specific vocabulary words for
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Google Apps, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
Digital Download ZIP (1.63 MB)
By Spark Creativity
Hexagonal thinking is a rich new way to inspire discussion, and these cards make it easy for you to get started.When you give kids a series of ideas on hexagons, and ask them to connect the cards into a web with clear reasons for each connection,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies - History
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Bulletin Board Ideas
$2.00
1
Digital Download PPTX (7.26 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Faculty, The Webb Schools Faculty, The American College of Sofia Writer: Independent School Magazine, readwritethink.org, English Journal, Independent Teacher Online, NCTE Classroom Notes Plus, NAIS Cool Books Project, We Are Teachers, Follett Contributor: Cult of Pedagogy Podcast Guest: Cult of Pedagogy, The Cornerstone for Teachers

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like to use creative, artistic, differentiated pedagogies. I constantly promote free-choice reading, use interdisciplinary journal prompts and help students explore different forms of creative writing. I like a variety of discussion forms like literature circles and fishbowl discussions, but particularly focus on developing the group dynamics required for round-table discussions.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

National Arthur Ashe Award for Community Involvement, Leadership, and Sportsmanship The Webb Schools New Teacher Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A., Pomona College M.A., Middlebury College

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

The Spark Creativity Teacher Podcast The Creative High School English Facebook Group @nowsparkcreativity www.nowsparkcreativity.com

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