The Inspired Kiwi

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By The Inspired Kiwi
EDITABLE 69 Classroom Job cards with appropriate clipart giving you Multiple Display Options - Clip chart, Bulletin Board and Wall Display. Two sizes with 2 formats in each size. Your little learners will be excited to help when using these cute
Subjects:
Classroom Management
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
191 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
These EDITABLE custom name play dough mats, with correct letter formation cues, make for a perfect tactile teaching tool and activity to help younger learners practice the most important word to them... their name!Want this resource in D'Neilian
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
$12.00
$10.00
64 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Sentence practice that focuses on emergent sight word identification and practice in a 'sentence' context. Each worksheet has 5 different activities that are centered on a simple sentence… 1) read the sentence (with a simple illustration to assist
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Writing
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$5.00
$4.00
56 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
A to Z play dough mats containing 1 full lowercase set, 1 full uppercase set and 1 full combined Upper and lower case showing correct letter formation. These playdough mats make a perfect tactile teaching tool and activity to help younger learners
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Posters
$4.00
31 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
EDITABLE 69 Classroom Job cards with appropriate clipart giving you Multiple Display Options - Clip chart, Bulletin Board and Wall Display. Two sizes with 2 formats in each size. Your little learners will be excited to help when using these
Subjects:
Life Skills, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$6.00
52 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Playdough mats: numbers to 20 (42 in total), to help your kiddos develop basic number knowledge to 20 (number ID, making sets, correct number formation; number word ID and printing practice) while they play! **CLICK HERE** to check out my NEW
Subjects:
Numbers
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
$3.00
52 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Upper and Lowercase with engaging RAINBOW letter formation makes repetitive handwriting practice fun for your learners.. These worksheets focus on letter formation, letter ID, letter/sound knowledge and letter handwriting practice. The worksheets
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Handwriting
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Worksheets, Printables
$4.50
40 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
10 Punctuation posters and large flash cards in 2 styles. The posters have a child friendly definition plus an example of use especially suitable for younger learners (K - 3). The posters make a great teaching tool and/or display, which students
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Flash Cards, Printables, Posters
$4.00
45 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Kia ora Kiwi teachers! 26 colourful, bilingual (Māori and English) posters plus 6 Karakia and 8 Waiata to assist you in incorporating te reo and tikanga Māori into your classroom display and programme.This high quality resource is a digital set 6
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Specialty, Other (World Language)
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Posters
$14.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Punctuation Posters for big kids (without 'kid' illustrations): A collection (PDF) of 12, illustrated punctuation posters suitable for older learners (grade 3 to 6). They are perfect as a learning and teaching tool and as a display, for your
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Posters
$4.00
29 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (6.07 MB)
By The Inspired Kiwi
EDITABLE - This handy classroom tool will display your class whereabouts when you and your little bunch of learners are not in the classroom. A set of location cards in chalkboard theme to build your own 'Where are we?' clipchart All text in the
Subjects:
Specialty, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$4.00
34 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (105.28 MB)
By The Inspired Kiwi
EDITABLE 69 Classroom Job cards with appropriate clipart giving you Multiple Display Options - Clip chart, Bulletin Board and Wall Display. Two sizes with 2 formats in each size. Your little learners will be excited to help when using these cute
Subjects:
Specialty, Classroom Management
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
27 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Punctuation posters and large flash cards for younger learners (K - 2). Check out the preview to see a 1/4 size version of each page in this resource! The posters make a great teaching tool and/or display, which students can always refer to while
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Printables, Posters
$4.00
31 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (6.37 MB)
By The Inspired Kiwi
Parts of speech posters in a bright chevron theme with student friendly examples - perfect as a learning and teaching tool and as a display, for your students to refer to while working independently. . The 8 posters include: nouns, adverbs,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Grammar
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables, Posters
$4.00
30 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Sight Word Practice: high frequency words - make learning fun with these sight word sentences that use an engaging story with picture support - one sight word per page with 6 activities for sight word practice - reading - writing - tracing -
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Spelling, Handwriting
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$4.00
22 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
An EDITABLE bilingual timetable that contains a set of colourful and appropriately illustrated, learning activity/routine and time cards to assist you in constructing a visual timetable/schedule for daily or weekly use. I’ve had the support of two
Subjects:
World Language, Other (World Language), For All Subject Areas
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Printables
$5.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Playdough mats - sight words (set 1): this is my first set of emergent to early sight words (or high frequency words). The words in this pack (listed below), are the words I encourage my 5 year old kinder students to master (both reading and
Subjects:
Reading, Spelling, Writing
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.00
15 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
This Calendar Set with a weather focus is EDITABLE and is specifically made for use with juniors (pre K to grade 2). Included are signs/posters for ‘Today is���, ‘Yesterday was’, ‘Tomorrow will be’, ‘The season’, ‘The weather today is’, ‘Days at
Subjects:
Specialty, Classroom Management, Back to School
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$4.00
26 ratings
4.0
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By The Inspired Kiwi
Playdough mats (0 to 20), with picture cues as a counting aide make for a perfect tactile teaching tool and activity to help younger learners practice and develop correct number formation, while working on their number ID and counting and making
Subjects:
Numbers
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Math Centers
$3.00
14 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (3.57 MB)
By The Inspired Kiwi
Practice makes Perfect - Pre-primer, Set. These ‘no prep’ interactive sight word practice worksheets focus on all of the sight words in the Pre-Primer Dolch List. Each worksheet features 6 engaging activities focusing on one word from the Pre-Primer
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Vocabulary, Handwriting
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$3.50
21 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (4.29 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I’ve had nearly 10 years teaching experience, from Kindergarten to Grade 4. Kindergarten is where I feel I belong. Not so much because I love it, but because I know I give them a great start to school! My little learners leave me with confidence, a love of learning and the ability to articulate what they know and what they’re learning to do. They leave me ‘clued on’ and ready to face what’s next!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I‘m skilled at breaking down early learning progressions and laying out a clear pathway of learning for my students. My plain language approach and explicit teaching in reading, writing and numeracy assists my students development of what I call the ‘language of learning’. That’s incredibly important to me! I expect that my students will be able to explain the ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘where to next’ of their learning and I provide them with the tools to do so. I utilize curriculum integration and inquiry to develop meaningful, relevant and authentic learning experiences within an e-learning/ICT rich environment. I want all of my learners (regardless of their age) to have started developing the skills, knowledge and values they need to become problem solvers, critical thinkers and learners for life. Wow I like how I’ve worded that *copies and pastes paragraph directly into her resume*

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Honors and awards… wow! Is that an actual ‘thing’ within education in America? It’s not something that happens where I’m from (New Zealand), so I’m jealous! I suppose for me my shinning teacher moments have always been when sharing the evidence of what my learners are capable of in professional development meetings or sharing. Not so much data or a piece of writing, but actual video evidence of my little learners explaining what they can do, what they’ve learned and how they monitor their learning. I love letting them shine – that’s what it’s all really about isn’t it? And I suppose the spin off from that is, I get to glow a little in their light, in the background where I belong.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergraduate degree in Teaching & Learning (Primary), Post Grad Cert in e-learning, Post Grad Diploma in Education and I’m 1 paper in towards my Masters in Educational Leadership.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I failed EVERYTHING at High School! I was a terrible student with a bad attitude. But said attitude was really a mask for my incredibly low self belief and self esteem. Things weren’t too bad at all until I turned 15. It was that year I had an English teacher (I’ll call her ‘Mrs O’), who made me feel, well, really quite small (FYI that’s a pretty hard thing to do considering I’m over 6 foot). It’s strange because I was actually a bit of a ‘teacher’s pet’ in Mrs O’s classroom at the start of the year. I don’t remember what I did to deserve her disdain, but before long I was sent down to one of single desks at the back of the classroom, with the other ‘useless wastes-of-space’. She’d go out of her way to tell us how useless we were. How we’d never amount to anything. How we’d fail everything in life and would always come up short. I know I sound like I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. These are word for word quotes. In someways I wish I would've been stronger in character, that I wouldn’t have started to believe I was exactly what she told me. It would of saved me years of struggle and self doubt. But had I not of experienced that, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. The teacher I am today. I have been committed to achieving shifts in the equity and effectiveness of education for students that are underachieving or not realizing their potential since I started training as a teacher and thus far, I’m proud of my achievements.

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