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Bring the New York State Common Core Standards to life with these easy-to-use, illustrated posters. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the standard of the day. The illustrations and kid-friendly language help students
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These printable flash cards work like traditional flash cards, except instead of using plain ol' text, they use interesting and colorful photos and illustrations to teach your students the meaning of Greek roots. How does it work? You show an image
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This Greek and Latin roots lesson combines the enjoyment of art and creativity with the rigor of vocabulary development. It is basically a mnemonic activity, designed to help students commit the meanings of the Greek and Latin stems to memory. I
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Give your GPA superstars the recognition they deserve with these write-in Honor Roll Certificates. They are perfect for classroom or school-wide awards. They come in three levels and three different sizes. The certificates come in three levels:
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This is a set of ten word wall cards for pocket charts, literacy centers, and a quadrillion other uses! These cards illustrate the meaning of the numerical (numeric?) Greek & Latin roots that we find in everyday words. Words like unity, bisect,
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Free Downloads - They're, Their, There, Theirs and There's Worksheets Bundle My students struggle with understanding the difference between they're, their, there, theirs and there's. Who can blame them? They're confusing homophones! Whenever it
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These Greek & Latin roots PowerPoint flash cards work like traditional flash cards except instead of using plain ol' text, these flash cards use interesting, colorful, funny images and animations to teach your students the meaning of Greek and
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These PowerPoint flash cards work like traditional flash cards except instead of using plain ol' text, these flash cards use interesting, colorful, funny images and animations to teach your students the meaning of academic word roots. How does it
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Hangman is a great way for kids to have some cooperative fun and practice spelling and critical thinking. But I've always thought that traditional hangman is too morbid. Drawing a little man on a gallows is too negative for school time games (and it
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Give your GPA superstars the recognition they deserve with these write-in Honor Roll Certificates. They are perfect for classroom or school-wide awards. The certificates come in three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze; and two different sizes: full
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Not so long ago, a friend of mine who teaches second grade requested a theme based on Sonya DeHart's polk dot alphabet clip art pack. I made these stars to match her alphabet! Sonya graciously gave me permission to post the stars as a freebie. In
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Bring the California fifth grade Common Core Standards to life with these easy-to-use, illustrated posters. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the standard of the day. The illustrations and kid-friendly language make
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I use this this PowerPoint presentation on the first day of school to impress upon my students the importance of keeping a notebook for my class and bringing it with them every time they come to class. I've used it for English, Drawing and Computer
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Bring the Florida fourth grade Common Core Standards to life with these easy-to-use, illustrated posters. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the standard of the day. The illustrations and kid-friendly language make
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Jack-o-lanterns, bats, coffins, bones, and spider webs! This free bundle has borders and frames in a Halloween theme that you can use in PowerPoints, Google Docs, and Microsoft Word. Or you can just print 'em and write on 'em. What's Included 8
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I use these interactive notebook Halloween word sorting activities to give my students some fun practice with word relationships, nuance, and connotations. I use one a day for 5 days leading up to Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. If I use two, I
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My students struggle with understanding the difference between they're, their, and there. Who can blame them? They're confusing homophones! Whenever it seems like they need a refresher, I use these Do Nows. Sometimes, instead of using them as Do
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I made this freebie for teachers who need to post science I can statements. It includes a heading card and matching blank cards. The blank cards are ruled to make it easier for you to write out the standard. There's also a box for the standard ID
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I use this worksheet to give my drawing students some practice with making value scales. ("Value scale" might also go by the name "luminosity scale," or "tone scale.") This worksheet asks them to use three different types of shading to complete the
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Get to know your students and help them get to know each other with this fun icebreaker activity. The premise: you are stranded on a deserted island! You have five things with you. What are they? I use this as a back to school activity icebreaker
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been a teacher in inclusion middle and high schools since 2005. I've taught ELA Yearbook, Drawing, Literacy, Digital Art, College Advisory, and English for 9th, 10th, and 11th Grades, always in inclusion settings and always through an anti-racist lens. My classes have always had an ethnically and academically diverse population of students, from students with special needs to students in GATE, and everything in between, all under one roof.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My own experience with elementary and high school informs my teaching style. Like many of my students, I have a low tolerance for boredom. I will go to the ends of the earth to find an exciting way to teach a rote topic (Greek and Latin roots, for example.) I totally understand if a kid doesn't want to do something because it's BORING. (I still give him or her a bad grade, though. That's the breaks, kid.) If one of my lessons or chosen topics is turning out flat or uninteresting, I'll go back to the drawing board and find a new way to teach it, or try a different topic.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Modern Woodsmen of America Public Speaking Award

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Upon graduating from high school, I wasn't planning to go to college. Besides, my high school grades weren't good enough to get me into any college. However there had been one set of classes that I had excelled at - art, drawing, drafting and computers. So after a brief stint sweeping floors in a local machine shop, I got promoted to draftsman and spent the next year making pencil and paper engineering drawings of all the various machined parts produced by the shop. Following that, I got a job at a local steel company, again making engineering drawings, only this time on a fancy new thing called a computer, using the latest CAD software. During that time, I started going to the local community college. At some point around 1990, I really started to get the hang of this education thing. I made the community college honor roll and had a few of my writings published locally and won a speaking award for a speech I gave. After completing my AA I transferred to UC Riverside to get a degree in Philosophy. I later changed my degree to Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. After working in marketing and visual communications in the Bay Area for six years, I decided that the corporate start-up environment wasn't my cup of tea, so I went back to school to get a teaching credential. I have also taken post-credential courses in educational technology from UC San Diego and the University of San Diego.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

At the request of a colleague who teaches fifth grade, I started making I can statement posters in 2010. The posters were a hit with her and her colleagues. Teachers from other grades asked me to make posters for them, too. I was happy to oblige. Fast forward to today: I have made illustrated posters for kindergarten through eighth grades - which works out to about 720 individual posters, each with an illustration. Thank you to all the teachers who encouraged me along the way!

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