I have written and aligned curriculum for three school districts as well worked as an item reviewer for The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Please Note: I have designed some lessons/units that originated from the CCSS website and professional texts/training. That was the starting point, but MANY adaptations have been made due to student needs and available resources to make these my own lessons. If there are any questions about any of them or you would like to know where the inspiration came from, please feel free to contact me! I apologize, but after 7 years of teaching, it is difficult to remember every single source that was used to synthesize these lessons, but I would be happy to try if you would like to refer you to their texts or other resources :)
I seek first to look at my district's expectations and then devise units that integrate a variety of text types (some classics combined with modern pieces) with different formats/structures (excerpts from novels, poems, short stories, etc.) I believe the lesson should be considered before the technology piece is matched; I look for technological tools to enhance my instruction instead of seeing a tool I am dying to use and then designing a lesson around it. Don't get me wrong- I have a list of tools I want to use, but I wait until I feel it genuinely pairs effectively with my objective.
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Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Master's of Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University Bachelor's of English Education from Missouri Western State University
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