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I love teaching Greek and Latin roots. English can be a confusing, self-contradictory language. Word meanings sometimes make no sense at all. Greek and Latin roots (also called stems, forms, and morphology) help with vocabulary acquisition because
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Bring the fifth grade ELA and Math Common Core Standards to life with these easy-to-use, illustrated, I can statements. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the standard that is at the heart of your lesson. The examples
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Bring the fourth grade Common Core Standards to life with these easy-to-use, illustrated, I can statements. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the standard that is at the heart of your lesson. The examples and
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Bring sixth grade math to life with these big, color-coded, easy-to-use posters. The illustrations help my students understand sixth grade math concepts like ratios and proportions, number sense, fractions, expressions and equations, geometry, and
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These beginning of the year print-practice sign in sheets will give your students practice writing their name, memorizing the days of the week, and counting. You can make a personalized sign-in sheet for every student in your class in minutes. Just
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Figurative Language Independent Practice Worksheets Bundle. This packet of worksheets contains extensive guided practice on figurative language. Metaphor, personification, simile, idioms, hyperbole, and literal language are covered. An answer key is
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With these foldable graphic organizers, students will learn over thirty math vocabulary terms essential to middle school algebra. Printables, definitions, sample problems, and step by step instructions are included! Check the free preview file for a
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Bring the seventh grade English-Language Arts Common Core Standards to life with these easy-to-use, printable posters. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the academic standard that is at the heart of your lesson. The
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Bring your math lessons to life with these easy-to-use, printable posters for the eighth grade math Common Core Standards. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the academic standard that is at the heart of your lesson.
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Bring the seventh grade math Common Core Standards to life with these easy-to-use, printable posters. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the academic standard that is at the heart of your lesson. The illustrations and
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These Fall themed editable print-practice sign in sheets will give your students practice writing their name, memorizing the days of the week, and counting. To teach kids about Fall, there's apples, scarecrows, pumpkins and leaves, leaves, leaves!
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Bring your ELA lessons to life with these easy-to-use, printable posters for the eighth grade English-Language Arts Common Core Standards. They are perfect for showing students, parents, and administrators the academic standard that is at the root
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Math worksheets. 6th grade math vocabulary crossword puzzles worksheets! Over 100 sixth grade math terms are covered. The complete list is below. Download the Preview File Download the free preview file for a sample of this 6th grade math
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Bring the sixth grade English-Language Arts 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, week, or month. The illustrations and
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Bring sixth grade math to life with these easy-to-use posters. The illustrations and simple explanations help students understand sixth grade math concepts like ratios, proportions, number sense, fractions, geometry and statistics. Download
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Bring the sixth grade math 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, week, or month. The illustrations and kid-friendly
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Grade 5 Common Core Standards Posters - ELA and Math - five different backgrounds and frames to choose from. These look great printed in color or black and white. A lighthouse background, a nature background, an owl background, a simple "paper"
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These editable print-practice sign-in sheets will give your students practice writing and spelling their name, memorizing the days of the week and dates, coloring, and counting. With this resource, you can make a personalized, traceable sign-in
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This interactive vocabulary notebook is full of editable graphic organizer activities that improve students' reading, writing, and spelling by teaching them Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes. This memorable, cross-curricular project
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Bring the fourth grade math 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, week, or month. The illustrations and kid-friendly
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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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