The Cheerful Classroom

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Discover the wonders of 3D printing! This unit includes 58 pages of lesson plan outlines, lesson extensions with suggested activities, step-by-step walk-through on how to create a personalized keychain, vocabulary enrichment, task cards, graphic
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A quick and easy introduction on using a CAD software program to design a file for 3D printing. A step-by-step guide on how to create a personalized keychain using a CAD software program (a walk-through is provided using Tinkercad for reference).
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Fun with Acids and Bases! Aligned with NGSS standards! Students investigate a variety of substances to identify whether they fall in the category of an acid or a base. Higher level vocabulary and inquiry based learning are a focus. Students work
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Goal setting is a powerful life skill! I have my students set their goals each trimester (both personal and academic goals). We then create a plan to meet these goals and reflect on our progress at trimester's end. Students also show evidence of
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A quick and easy introduction on using a CAD software program to design a file for 3D printing. A step-by-step guide on how to create a set of math manipulatives (geometric shapes) using a CAD software program (a walk-through is provided using
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Did you know that worms are actually classified as detritivores and NOT decomposers? A true decomposer breaks down matter into basic elements, where as detritivores are really scavengers. This lesson introduces students to the concept of producers,
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Goal setting is a powerful life skill! I have my students set their goals each trimester (both personal and academic goals). We then create a plan to meet these goals and reflect on our progress at trimester's end. Students also show evidence of
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Goal setting is a powerful life skill! I have my students set their goals each trimester (both personal and academic goals). We then create a plan to meet these goals and reflect on our progress at trimester's end. Students also show evidence of
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Dive in to Digestion with this fun lab activity! Lesson includes step-by-step directions for your students, as well as extensions to enhance their comprehension! Extra resources and photos of this lab in action are also included.
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Infuse math with spelling by using this fun activity! Give your students extra practice with their spelling words and build their knowledge and comprehension of area and perimeter!
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It's smooth sailing with this fun sailboat spelling activity! Have your students cut out their sailboats after they have written their spelling words on each one. Use these cutouts to create a cute bulletin board! Extensions are included.
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This is a list of activities students may choose from to use with their spelling words for the week.
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Goal setting is a powerful life skill! I have my students set their goals each trimester (both personal and academic goals). We then create a plan to meet these goals and reflect on our progress at trimester's end. Students also show evidence of
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Go fishing for spelling words with this fun activity! Have your students write their spelling words on each fish. Cut them out and make a fishing-themed bulletin board for each week's spelling words! Extensions for the activity are included.
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Lots of fun ways to practice those spelling words (with added vocabulary activities)! As a teacher and parent, I know that kids get tired of the same activities, but still need the practice to master those words! It pays off to switch things up a
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Over 100 pages of Physics Fun! Core focus: Mechanics of Science Looking for NGSS Aligned activities for your classroom? Then check this out! Over 100 pages of science concepts with lessons, activity descriptions, extensions to promote inquiry,
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Here is a simple way to keep track of what your students are reading at home! Student record sheet for at-home reading: These reading logs are collected at the end of each month and placed into their Reading Log Folder. At the end of the school
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My students love tying in a theme with our learning. This ocean-themed spelling activity bundle is classroom-tested and student approved! The kids loved the fun ways to practice their weekly spelling words. Here are four separate activities with
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Great reference tool for students! Keep handy at their desk while working with text activities. Can be used in all subject areas.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I absolutely love teaching! It runs in the family, as both my mother and grandmother were teachers. Previously, I've taught several 4/5 combination classes, fifth grade, Kindergarten, and a sprinkling of grades from first - eighth before that. I have a passion for teaching and enjoy each and every day! =) Aside from my classroom duties, I provide professional development in the areas of implementing science and technology for teachers via the Monterey Bay Aquarium Teacher Institutes for grades Pre-K through 6th. I also present for CUE (Computer Using Educators) at both the national and regional conferences. Recently, I was a part of the CA Dept of Education Science Curriculum Framework Committee where we wrote the NGSS standards for California.

MY TEACHING STYLE

"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand." ~Chinese Proverb This Chinese proverb basically states how I model my classroom. I believe that the classroom is a place for students to be involved and to discover things on their own with the teacher merely acting as a facilitator to their discoveries. My educational philosophy is based on the hands-on learning approach. I am a big believer of Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. Everyone has their own unique way of learning. It is my job as an educator to meet those educational needs and to help my students realize and reach their fullest potential. In my classroom, students participate in hands-on activities and are actively engaged in a safe, nurturing, and student-centered learning environment. I also LOVE technology! I am fortunate enough to have a Smartboard in my classroom and use it every day! Cooperative learning is an essential factor in the classroom environment as well as in my own teaching. Instilling a sense of community is something we begin on the first day of school and maintain it throughout the year with weekly class meetings, student input in how the classroom is run, community building activities, peer mediation, etc. I hope to empower my students with the skills necessary to live in the multiculturally diverse world in which we exist. As a teacher, I hope to be able to instill and convey to my students my love and enthusiasm for teaching and life long learning. I hope that this will be contagious within the classroom. Whether it is the fraction rap or doing the multiplication cha-cha, when you walk into the classroom you'll find students engaged and excited about learning!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*California finalist for the National Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. *Outstanding Educator Award from my school district. *Distinguished Teacher Award for California *California Department of Education Science Curriculum Framework Committee member (we wrote the new science standards for California aligned to the NGSS).

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my teaching credential from CSU Sacramento and my BA from CSU Monterey Bay in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Computer Science and Technology. I am currently working on my MA in Education, focusing on Curriculum and Technology.

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