TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." ~ Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
 
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Students often include direct quotes as evidence in their writing, but they do not necessarily do so effectively. They include a quote when they could have easily and more effectively paraphrased or summarized. This resource will help students
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Lesson, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1
$3.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This resource is a great activity to use before starting to read To Kill a Mockingbird.  I have used this for over 20 years and it always engages students and generates a great discussion and sharing of stories. This usually takes at least one
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities
$3.00
Digital Download ZIP (7.99 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This  podcast activity is intended to be a flexible classwork/homework assignment that can be used simply as an activity in which students spend time listening to a topic of interest perhaps between units, last block on a Friday, or as an activity
Subjects:
English Language Arts
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Handouts
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (0.49 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
In Chapter 3, Atticus tells Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of you...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39).   This exercise requires students  to do just that, to “step
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading Strategies
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Literature Circles, Google Apps, Activities
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (1.49 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
These questions are different than a typical study guide. With the exception of the question for Chapter 23, these questions are not about specific details from the novel. All of the questions are intended to engage students on a personal level.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Literature Circles, Study Guides
$5.00
1
Digital Download PDF (1.63 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This resource includes over 140 words and phrases to help your students introduce examples and effectively transition from one idea to another. This list is organized by purpose to help students know how to use them. For example, some of the Purpose
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
For Parents, Google Apps, Handouts
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (1.98 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Reading and taking notes from a textbook can be challenging, especially if it is for a course that is not directly related s student’s major or a subject of interest. It doesn’t help that the book is often hundreds of pages using a small font and
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Study Skills, For All Subjects
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
For Parents, Google Apps, Handouts
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (0.99 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Overview of ActivitySince 2005, all students in my senior English classes have completed some type of memoir. They are at a critical time in their lives. They are experiencing their last homecoming, last theater production, last prom, last sporting
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (2.34 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This valuable, flexible Google Slide Deck (includes 26 slides) is intended for use with middle and high school students during the first week of school. This resource provides helpful, concrete  academic suggestions in a way that focuses on students
Subjects:
Life Skills, For All Subjects, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, Staff, 6th, 7th
Types:
For Parents, Google Apps, Lesson
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (1.43 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This one-page letter (on a google slide with border and plain google doc) to high school seniors is intended to convey a supportive tone as they start an important year, one often filled with self-doubt. While most of them have been looking forward
Subjects:
English Language Arts, School Counseling, For All Subjects
Grades:
12th, Staff
Types:
Google Apps, Handouts, Printables
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (0.32 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This is a letter that I give to parents who attend Open House during the first three weeks of school. At my school’s Open House, parents follow their child’s schedule for ten minute increments; this allows them to get an overview of the class and
Subjects:
For All Subjects
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
For Parents, Classroom Forms
$1.00
1
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This resource includes a handout that outlines a 4-part approach to an introduction and a 3-part approach to the conclusion, both areas with which students (and often teachers!) struggle. The 4 components of the introduction include: Warm Up Your
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, Staff, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Google Apps, Handouts
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (0.33 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
The beginning of the year is a perfect time to talk to students about the importance of balance in their lives and how that contributes to their success  both academically and personally. Doing so not only helps students with  practical suggestions
Subjects:
School Counseling, For All Subjects, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
For Parents, Google Apps, Handouts
$4.00
1
Digital Download PDF (1.00 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Many students of all abilities lack confidence when it comes to reading. This activity, which works well for all students- from struggling to advanced readers, and especially visual learners-- is a great way to help students look closely at the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers, Activities, Homework
$3.00
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By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Many teachers ask students to annotate what they read, but they do not provide explicit instructions. While some students might not need that support, others feel overwhelmed and do not know where to begin. This 2-page resource is designed for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, For All Subjects, Close Reading
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Google Apps, Handouts
$2.00
Digital Download PDF (0.82 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This flexible assignment is a seemingly simple but thought-provoking activity for use with literature (short stories, novels, plays, poems).  Students are asked to write  three of each of the following  in a provided table made of three rows and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Close Reading
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Activities, Handouts
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (1.42 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This flexible, indispensable resource (outline of workflow and link included), created out of necessity during the pandemic, has had a tremendous impact on my life as a teacher and on my students’ lives.As  28-year veteran high school teacher, I can
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Instructional Technology, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers, Google Apps
$7.00
Digital Download PDF (0.64 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
Overview of Activity There have always been students who do not like working in groups; they do not like working with classmates who do not contribute meaningfully and who sit back and let others do the work. It is especially frustrating for the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Research
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (2.93 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This versatile  resource has been a game changer for students. This list of 100 plus words has been a phenomenal resource in the classroom as it gives students a list of words with which to talk about language. Although initially created to provide
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Vocabulary
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Google Apps, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RL.9-10.4, CCRA.L.4, CCRA.L.6
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (2.70 MB)
By TwentyFiveYearsofTeaching
This resource is a handout that students can use each year when they do argumentative/persuasive work. Whether students  are having an informal debate or writing a formal argumentative essay, this reminds them of key terms/ strategies- ethos,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Google Apps, Handouts
$1.00
Digital Download PDF (0.89 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a high school English teacher at Grafton High School in Central Massachusetts since 1994. Currently, I teach college preparatory sophomores and seniors. Previously, I have taught Freshman English, Freshman Study Skills, Sophomore Writing and Speech and Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (2002-2017). In addition to teaching, I have served as English Department Head (1998-2009), Class Advisor(Class of 1998 ), Founder and Advisor to the Cultural Enrichment Club(1998-2008), The Tolerance Project Advisor (2005-2010) and GHS No Stomach For Cancer Walk Advisor (2012-2017). I have also served on many committees including NEASC Accreditation Steering Committee.

MY TEACHING STYLE

No matter what class I teach, I always want to make sure students can find a real-world connection to what we do in class. Also, I tell students that my goal is for them to "know why you think what you think." As much as possible, I try to embed study skills/organization skills into the different tasks we complete so they become more independent learners. This also helps students become more confident, which help with Social Emotional Learning. Although I am structured and organized, I also like to use humor and make our classroom a place in which students feel comfortable.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

English Department Head (1998-2009) Every Day Hero Award, 2012 This award is presented to individuals who have made a significant and positive contribution in enhancing the life of a student with special needs.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

After earning my Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1990 from Bridgewater State College, I worked at Foxborough High School in Foxborough, MA, where I did my student teaching then worked as an instructional assistant in the Special Education Department. While doing so, I started graduate coursework in English at Bridgewater State College. From 1993-1994, I worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Academic Advising Center at Bridgewater State while completing my Master's.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My husband and I have been married for 23 years and have 2 sons, one a sophomore in college and one a sophomore in high school. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, listening to music, walking, cooking and spending time at Cape Cod. I have also spent the last 12 years helping to raise awareness about stomach cancer, something that has personally impacted my family. From 2009- 2015, I served on the Board of Directors of No Stomach For Cancer, a non-profit devoted to raising awareness about stomach cancer.

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