The Enlightened ELA Classroom Grades 7 to 12

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The Enlightened ELA Classroom Grades 7 to 12
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High Interest, Academically Rigorous with a Focus on Growth Mindset and High Achievement
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This is a 45 minute professional development session on the power Growth Mindset in the classroom. Practical tips and strategies to set you and your students up for success.
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This is a 3-4 week unit exploring Ancient Literature and Mythology from Native America, West Africa and Ancient Egypt. Daily Lesson Plan included and all classroom readings, vocabulary, graphic organizer, worksheets and project based assessment
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This set includes a Pre-Reading Guide, a series of 13 chunked and scaffolded Reading Questions for the entire novel, a Part 1 Reading and Comprehension Exam and two Essay Exams, one leveled for Part 1 and one for Part 2/ the entire novel. Reading
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This mini lesson allows students to explore the power of poetry and self awareness. Using Alexander's "Ode to My Hair" poem, students will explore what makes them awesome by annotating, analyzing theme and writing their own "Ode to my..." Poem.
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PD Session motivating teachers to give students more time, differentiated instruction and assessment and every opportunity to complete the work successfully.
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This is the first vocabulary unit of the year with essential words for 9th grade students to recognize, practice and master. Materials include vocabulary word list/ graphic organizer and three leveled quizzes. Unit is 10 words mastered over 3
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SIMPLIFY the Writing Process for All! Teachers, students and parents can use these step by step guides to set writing standards and teach writing norms in an easy to understand, systematic method. When the writing instruction makes sense, so will
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This set includes 12 weeks of vocabulary instruction. Four 9th-10th grade level vocabulary lists, each accompanied by three leveled quizzes. First round (memorization) matching, second round (retention) write in and third round (application)
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My teaching career thus far has centralized around urban education and curriculum creation that inspires the desire to learn. My students come to me from a variety of backgrounds and educational levels and I must create and provide curriculum that meets their multiple learning needs and interests. In the 13 years I have been teaching, I have relied on self made curriculum, partaking in multiple action research projects, seminars, workshops and programs in which I received instruction on how to create, maintain and apply high quality curriculum in the high needs classroom.


My teaching style can be described as a Warm/Strict Coaching Mentality. I am HUGE practitioner of Growth Mindset and work to create the classroom environment and curriculum to support authentic, intellectual development. My students and their learning are at the center of my instruction; while I facilitate their learning opportunities with structure and routine, providing them with high interest lessons that teach skill and build academic confidence. I am big on using graphic organizers and scaffolded instruction with data collection to ensure that all of my students are learning and making the gains necessary for academic success.


My students have grown on average 2 - 5% per year on school, district and national assessment since 2004. I was a Golden Apple Teacher Nominee in 2009 and 2012.


I received my undergrad in English Education from Illinois State University in 2004. I earned my Masters in Educational Leadership in 2011.


I am currently working at Fortune Schools opening our very first Early College High School in which students will earn their Associates Degree upon High School Graduation. I am a full time classroom teacher and the head of ELA Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment at Fortune Early College High School.

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