Tom Butterfield

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I use this template with my literature circles in every discussion. Easy to use, walks the student though the requirements and promotes reciprocal learning as well as student control of the discussion.
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I use this rubric to assess my reciprocal learning worksheets or general observations. The rubric includes evaluation of predictions, questioning, clarifying, summarizing and listening/responding.
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This unit was designed in accordance with 8th grade common core standards. It was based on the book Bad Boy; an autobiography of Walter Dean Meyrs. This lesson was built on the preface of creating a high interest student run atmosphere where the
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I use this worksheet with my middle school students for reciprocal learning/group discussion but it can be used from 4th grade through high school. It holds them accountable and eliminates the teacher/student discussion of how much they need to
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I used this last year to work on my rural themed books. Hope you enjoy it. If you like this please look for my urban "street literature" lesson plan which is a more detailed power point lesson of the unit.
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My students use this sheet every day to keep track of reading discussion/participation. It's a easy and effective way to keep track of discussion and is completely student run. This can be used any size reading you have and I usually accompany
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My students enjoy responding to their reading because it is quick and to the point but also allows them to elaborate if needed. I find them easier to assess because it prompts discussion while keeping them focused on predicting, questioning,
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I used this last year in accordance with common core standards. Feel free to use this with your own planning. I will have a more detailed unit plan of To Kill a Mockingbird (like my "street literature" unit plan) later this year including
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching language arts from 4th grade through sophomore level for the past 22 years. My students range from all levels, lexiles, ethnicities, and different backgrounds.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in teaching readings that are relevant, provocative and challenging to students that stay away from boring lectures. The trick is trying to engage them in reading conversations that provoke higher level thinking without them even knowing it. I believe students should become engaged in a book that they are truly interested in and it is our job to guide then in the right direction, yet stay out of the lesson as much as possible, Most of my classes consists of reciprocal learning with groups of 4 to 5 students. My lessons help guide them in their book conversations and help them hold each other accountable. Questions can be provided with each book they are reading but the trick is to get the students to come up with their own authentic ideas of what they want to talk about rather than sway them to where you want them to go. The best part of my day is when I find students ask higher level questions I've never thought of before.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and am currently working on my second masters in Educational Leadership. I primarily teach middle school but have used many of my lessons with younger and older students.

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Currently reside in Mount Prospect Illinois

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