The Chalkboard Unicorn

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This is a resource I created in anticipation of teaching the customary and metric units of conversion; length, capacity, and weight. No "Gallon Man" clipart graphics here. It is a high-resolution vector-based illustration created in graphic design
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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This set of graphic organizers and rubrics is an attempt to help a teacher (me) guide students through the steps of starting and transitioning through an essay in a highly scaffolded manner. The rationale for these organizers and rubrics. As you
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This is an infographic style poster I created in anticipation of teaching division using the standard algorithm. Division is one of the most basic, yet most mystifying of the concept elementary students need to master. To aid this I included some
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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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The hardest thing I've found to do is to get my students to write using vivid, sensory words. In this offering is a writing workshop that centers around a "potato chip" comparison activity. Using this comparison to generate adjectives that the
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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.2 Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text. This is a reference poster I
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This is a reference for place value and how to write numbers in their different forms; standard, expanded, and word form. Without question, mastering place-value HAS to be the single most important skill students need to become fluent with (after
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I created this in dreaded anticipation of teaching Fractions; mixed numbers with unlike denominators to 4th graders. From my brief time teaching 4th and 5th grade, this concept is without question the most difficult for students to master due to its
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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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This is an infographic style poster I created in anticipation of teaching angles and the use of a protractor to my 4th graders.
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4th
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One of the most frustrating things a teacher sees when grading writing of any kind is when students do not properly respond to the question or writing prompt. Usually, the response is a very painful to read sentence fragment. My attempt to address
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Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NBT.B.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value,
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4th, 5th
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This is an infographic style poster I created in anticipation of teaching 4th-grade students how to simplify fractions as an alternative way of finding the LCM/GCF by way of the dreaded factor tree. This is by far the most difficult concept in
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This is an infographic style poster I created as a reference for the types of pronouns (so many!). It is not an in-depth resource but lists examples, short lists of pronouns where the list might be exhaustive, as well as usage in a
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This set of graphic organizers is an attempt to help a teacher (me in particular) guide his students through the steps of starting and transitioning through an essay in a highly scaffolded manner. As you well know, writing proficiency in the country
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This is an infographic style poster I created to reference when teaching/reviewing Main Idea and Key Details to 4th and 5th Graders. In my experience. this has been a most difficult topic to teach to my students over the years. They continually tend
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This is now a 5-poster set of infographic style posters created in anticipation of teaching multiplication using the standard algorithm as well as non-standard algorithms. It starts with factors and multiples and ends with alternative multiplication
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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This is a resource I created to reference when teaching/reviewing Text Structures to 4th and 5th Graders. Knowing how a text is put together can assist students in comprehending text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g.,
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This is a reference poster I created to help students discern the difference between fictional and personal narratives. I have updated the resource to include a separate file in Spanish. No soy un hablante nativo de español. Estoy usando
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CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.9 Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series) CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the
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CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.C Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100 (e.g., 30% of a quantity means 30/100 times the quantity); solve problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent. This is a resource I created in
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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
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With the era of high stakes testing, writing has become one, if not THE, least stressed skills there is. Many districts have NO writing curriculum to speak of. As a result, students today have difficulty even putting together solid sentences. This
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1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am currently a middle school technology teacher. Prior to this, I taught upper elementary. Prior to this, I was a trainer and graphic designer at various companies, last of which was Jewelry Television. I was a graphic designer and I make use of those skills in the classroom.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am big on problem-based learning and inquiry, I believe that children and people create their owning knowledge based on their own personal experiences. I also believe that instruction should prepare children for the real world, not just the classroom or the next test. I stress this belief in everything I do in the classroom. I am also a big believer in productive struggle to counter the "entitlement mindset" we are currently experiencing in the classroom.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I possess a bachelor's degree in k-6 education, a Master's degree in teacher Leadership, and an EdS in school leadership with a concentration in data analysis and research.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have a varied and colorful background. Over the past couple of decades, I have honed my skills as a videographer, editor, and most of all a graphic designer. I have worked for clients such as McDonald's, Ford, GMC, Chase, Wells Fargo, etc. I have worked in the real world so I think I have a better insight than most educators do as to how children need to be prepared to face it.

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