The Lighting of a Fire

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The Lighting of a Fire
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Education is not the filling of a pail; but the lighting of a fire" -WBY http://mankomelissa.wordpress.com
 
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is a great tool to use when teaching students how to multiply double-digit numbers by double-digit numbers. The included graphic organizer mirrors a house (bottom floor, top floor, attic, and basement) to create relevancy and spark interest.
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Numbers
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Outlines, Graphic Organizers, Posters
$2.00
45 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
Surface area can be tricky for some students. That's why I've created a template for them to use that will help them practice this skill. The students will calculate the area of each side of the figure given, and then add up all areas to find the
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Geometry
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Graphic Organizers
$2.20
49 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
I wrote several social stories pertinent to middle school for many of my special education students to read and refer to as they left elementary school. Students with autism, especially, benefit from these stories, as social interactions often do
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, School Counseling
Grades:
5th, 6th
Types:
Other, Scripts, For Parents
$3.00
18 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is an excellent PowerPoint over main idea and supporting details. The first several slides include definitions (topic vs. main idea vs. supporting details), passage examples, a variety of graphic organizers, process charts, and slides that
Subjects:
Reading, Vocabulary, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Outlines
$3.50
42 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is an adopted strategy from the program, Visualizing and Verbalizing. I created this poster, directions, and example myself for use in the classroom. This strategy enhances students' comprehension and retell ability. Using a picture, they use
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
19 ratings
3.9
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is the "Close Reading" procedure of marking the text. With Common Core up and coming, there will be a major switch towards non-fiction passages when teaching reading comprehension. This Close Reading strategy is an excellent way to get students
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Reading Strategies, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Classroom Forms
$3.00
55 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.26 MB)
By The Lighting of a Fire
This is an excellent tool to use when teaching students how to find the area of certain irregular shapes (shapes that are comprised of two or more squares, rectangles, or triangles). In 4th-6th grade, at least, students need to learn how to
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Geometry, Measurement
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Scaffolded Notes
$2.00
33 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is a great tool for students who have trouble getting and staying organized. As students transition from elementary to middle school, it is vital for them to stay organized and keep track of their materials as they move from one class to
Subjects:
Special Education, For All Subject Areas, Vocational Education
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Printables, Graphic Organizers
$2.00
11 ratings
3.5
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By The Lighting of a Fire
These are visual cue cards for students (with or without special needs) to use to communicate the level of assistance they may need on an assignment. The green indicates that it is easy and they can do the rest on their own. The yellow indicates
Subjects:
Special Education, For All Subject Areas, Oral Communication
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Other, Activities, Classroom Forms
$2.00
12 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This product contains student-friendly definitions and examples of independent and dependent clauses. A practice portion is provided after the examples. Here, students use the instructional box at the top to decide whether the underlined portion of
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
$2.00
14 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (0.05 MB)
By The Lighting of a Fire
These five word problems are over interpreting the remainder in a division problem. The students must complete the division process and then determine what to do with the remainder. Sample problems involve students riding a bus, sharing candy and
Subjects:
Arithmetic, Numbers, Word Problems
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$1.50
14 ratings
3.9
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is a review that covers 5th grade math material from the first half of the school year. This product is aligned with Common Core standards and can be used as a quick assessment to check in with students on their progress toward meeting
Subjects:
Fractions, Math Test Prep, Word Problems
Grades:
5th
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep, Assessment
$2.50
9 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is an introductory PowerPoint over personification. After giving an example of this literary device, multiple-choice questions follow that allow the students to practice determining what the given personification sentences actually mean.
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing, Reading Strategies
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Multimedia
$2.99
13 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
When teaching students how to find main idea and supporting details, sometimes it can be difficult for them to distinguish the two. Therefore, I have created some "Clarifying Question" cards to help! One card gives students questions to ask
Subjects:
Reading, For All Subject Areas, Reading Strategies
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$2.50
13 ratings
3.9
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This product is a template students can use when adding or subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Students follow 5 explicit steps to help them successfully solve problems over this skill. First, students "stack up high" which means they
Subjects:
Fractions, Numbers, Special Education
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Worksheets, Graphic Organizers
$1.75
8 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This product provides a definition and example of each type of sentence (simple, compound, and complex). Each type of sentence is color-coded. Following the instructional portion is a list of several sentences. Students read the sentence, decide
Subjects:
Reading, Grammar, Writing
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.50
10 ratings
3.9
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is a student-friendly chart outlining how think alouds can help promote text comprehension. Each think aloud strategy contains a few prompts students can ask themselves to assist them in activating the given strategy, thus, encouraging students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Tools for Common Core, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Outlines, Graphic Organizers, Literature Circles
$1.50
2 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This product is an excellent tool for students to use when trying to make or find generalizations in a passage or story. This product contains four identical cards with common generalizing clue words written on each. Students use a card to help them
Subjects:
Reading, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$2.00
13 ratings
4.0
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By The Lighting of a Fire
This is a review of 4th grade math skills learned in the first quarter of school. Questions are given in multiple-choice format with answers on each slide following. I have students use mini white boards to show their work and then they hold up
Subjects:
Algebra, Arithmetic, Math Test Prep
Grades:
4th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Activities, Multimedia
$3.99
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PPT (0.46 MB)
By The Lighting of a Fire
This packet consists of 32 math test prep questions (multiple-choice) that mirror what 5th grade students will see on state tests. These questions are aligned to the 5th grade Common Core curriculum, and cover an array of skills. Students can
Subjects:
Fractions, Math Test Prep, Word Problems
Grades:
5th
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep, Assessment
$3.10
6 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.36 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught 9 years of special education: 2 years in Fully Self-Contained (K-6) & 4 years in Resource (K-5) 3 years in Inclusion (Grade 5)

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style stems from the words of William Butler Yeats, “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Teaching is not about pouring knowledge into a child; rather, it is about helping them ignite a spark that translates into a thirst for knowledge and lifelong learning. I whole-heartedly embraced the roles and responsibilities of an educator, and my teaching style very much reflects this. As an instructor, it is vital to identify students' needs and design lessons on whole and individual levels that address these needs. Building upon students' strengths and learning styles is crucial, and it becomes essential to learn this in the beginning in order to plan effectively. I believe it is the instructor's job to make material relevant to students' lives, bringing in real-world examples and outside materials when necessary and appropriate. The resources I bring into any given lesson speak volumes of my creativity, and show that I strive to attain this relevancy. I believe that I teach from my heart and my head equally.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been a member of Kappa Delta Pi, a national education honor society. I was also nominated as my school's "Teacher of the Year" during the 2011-2012 school year. As part of a Teach Plus T3 Initiative, I currently hold the lead special educator position in my elementary school.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

After graduating from Providence College with a degree in Elementary & Special Education, I decided to embrace my adventure gene and move to Hawaii. My first two years of teaching had been in a very poor section of Oahu, where I taught a fully self-contained special education class. With a room filled with K-6 students with a variety of disabilities and learning styles, I had to get creative. Many of my products come from this experience. After Hawaii, I secured a teaching position in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Clarksville, TN. Here, I am on my fourth year teaching resource. My caseload spans from Kindergarten to fifth grade, and I enjoy creating materials to further each student's education. I continued my learning through obtaining my Master's in Curriculum & Instruction from Scranton University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

When I am not teaching or developing activities and lesson plans, I enjoy reading books by Jodi Picoult. She is an amazing author, and once you pick up a book it's hard to put it down. In the wintertime, I love to travel to Vermont with my family, where I enjoy snowboarding. I also have taken up videography as a hobby, where I mix video footage into an entertaining video backed by music. In my opinion, it's the scrapbook of the 21st century! I have even incorporated this talent into teaching, as I have developed many self-modeling/self-monitoring videos for my students with autism.

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