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Some people call them do-nows. Others use the term bell-ringers. You might have heard them called warm-ups or sponges. Whatever the name they go by, these short Adobe Photoshop assignments are designed to teach and re-teach the fundamentals on a
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This is a detailed, image-rich, animated, seventy eight-slide PowerPoint on etymology. Feel free to use it as is or edit it to suit your needs. It's divided into several parts: Notes for the teacher An Anticipatory activity to get students
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American Romanticism was an American artistic and literary movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This is a high quality, innovative, image-rich PowerPoint presentation that serves as an introduction to the American Romantic literary
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These flash cards are more effective and more fun than traditional flash cards because they don't just use plain ol' text. Instead, these flash cards use interesting, colorful, funny images and animations to teach your students the meaning of Latin
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I use this Powerpoint presentation and quiz bundle to introduce students to color. The presentation has notes and activities built in. It's designed so they can take the notes and do the activities in their sketchbooks or notebooks. The PowerPoint
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This PowerPoint serves an an introduction to the literary concepts of mood or tone. It defines mood in very concrete, clear terms, and gives several examples of mood, first in art, then in writing. The lecture is very interactive. Beyond writing
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Some teachers call them "do-nows." Others use the term "bellringers." You might have heard them called "warm ups." This is an eighty-two slide PowerPoint of short Adobe Illustrator handouts and worksheets designed to teach and re-teach the
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I use this Powerpoint presentation and quiz bundle to introduce students to the element of art known as Line. The presentation has notes and activities built in. It's designed so they can take the notes and do the activities in their sketchbooks or
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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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Interactive Notebook Pocket - how to make one in three easy steps! I use this all the time! Whenever I need the kids to make a notebook pocket for their interactive notebook. I project the PDF from my laptop or put a print out under the ELMO.
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Free download! Editable Interactive Notebook Tabs - side and top, fold-over style. These tabs attach on both sides of the paper for extra durability. You can edit the text in PowerPoint. Or delete it it and have kids write the headings in.
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Interactive reading notebook foldable graphic organizer for use with any book or story. Eleven types of figurative language are covered in this FREE interactive reading notebook. Each section of the foldable has a definition and examples. I like to
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Standards for Mathematical Practice posters. Colorful and easy to print and display. This free download is just what you need to post the Standards for Mathematical Practice in your classroom. What are the Standards for Mathematical Practice? "The
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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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