Valerie Bryant Bennett

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This is a simple, but thorough introduction to (or reteaching of) how to identify the topic and topic sentence of a paragraph or short selection. (As so often happens, terminology changes, and in the case of Core Standards, concepts traditionally
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This is a practice designed for students who have the basic concept of Topic and Details. (For 1st graders, it can be used as a whole class lesson, with the teacher.) It addresses two skills:recognizing Topic Sentences in a paragraph, and
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(Note! These materials can be laminated and used year after year.) This is a simple game similar to the INFERENCE GAME of Tic Tac Toe that I have posted, but designed specifically to teach students what "drawing conclusions" means, and how it is
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Although it is one of the most critical tools in reading for understanding, the concept of context clues is not easily grasped and applied by early elementary students. It is an important component of ELA Common Core Standards in the primary
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This product contains 2 lessons which introduce and then reinforce an understanding of alliteration. Two poems are provided, both written solely to illustrate many alliterating words and how the repetition of sounds makes reading more
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This product includes 2 never-fail fun lessons that will introduce, teach, and practice alphabetical order (using manipulatives) in a way that engages and communicates with students of all ability levels. The lesson plan included is step-by-step, so
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This is a hands-on activity that provides three very simple stories, each of which need correct sequencing. (Please see the preview.) I developed it so that my students could actually PUT events in order, rather than simply writing numbers beside
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This is an exercise in comparing and contrasting, using the students' own creative thinking. First, five questions are asked regarding how specific situations or things are alike. The student is to use his/her own ideas and answer in
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Great for independent seatwork, or as a whole class activity ,this is a practice or review for students who have already been introduced to the concept of a topic sentence supported by relevant details. It contains three easy paragraphs, each with
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This is a simple game designed to teach students what inference means, and how to apply it. As a teacher, I found very little that explained this skill simply, or practiced it meaningfully, and this game accomplishes both. The Preview Page gives an
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This fun practice is guaranteed to teach the sound of "ph" phorever (forever) in one simple lesson. On the preview page, you will find the beginning sentences of a short entertaining story in which every word beginning with "f" now begins with "ph"
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Watch students smile as they unscramble these words and see the words form silly sentences using ABC order to the second letter. Punctuation is also practiced as capitals and ending marks are added for each one. Reading is incorporated and assessed
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Designed to engage and hold students' attention, this product includes two separate entertaining exercises for students who have had an introduction to the concepts of fantasy and reality. Great for review. It allows students to change a sentence
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This lesson and worksheet were developed as a way to literally let students participate in creating their own causes (where an effect is given) and their own effects (where causes are given). All of the workbook practices I encountered for 20
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What does a boy named Jack, a new car, and several available gas stations have to do with estimating (rounding a number)? Discover the easy answer to teaching a sometimes confusing concept. This lesson uses a story and a number line visible
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Great seatwork! Word discrimination is key to comprehension and to good writing. This exercise demonstrates to students that rushing as they read or write can result in serious (but, in this case, funny) misunderstandings. Please see preview page.
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This exercise provides practical but fun word problems that call for critical thinking and easy applications of how addition sentences correspond with multiplication. Please see Preview to determine suitability for your grade level. It contains 10
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Designed as an entertaining exercise for reviewing and/or practicing identifying truth v.s. fantasy in sentences, this activity is simple enough to serve as independent seat work. All of the sentences involve animals, and many of the statements
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This is a fun activity for identifying or reviewing nouns, and determining which represent people, places, or things.It works very well as a whole class/teacher exercise where the teacher calls students to the Smartboard or chalkboard (using the
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This product includes two attention-holding exercises with homophones, each with a teacher key. ( Please note: The Preview includes only 3 examples from each different practice.) Each exercise offers a different approach to identifying and
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a full-time classroom teacher for twenty-one years and have tutored grades K-7 during most of those years. I am a published writer with articles and poetry in many national magazines. My humorous book for teachers, "What the Prof Didn't Tell You", is available online at teacherhints.com, and through Amazon books. I have presented my teaching materials at several schools and inservices, and have developed successful programs for struggling readers.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that true education can only occur in a context in which the whole child is acknowledged and valued. I believe that each child brings to class his or her own set of struggles, strengths, fears and experiences, and that the new approaches to setting goals and measuring a child primarily through impersonal testing and data are inherently flawed. I believe such practices will eventually result in a breed of children who are performers but not learners, who can imitate but not imagine, and who see their own value as measured by data. My teaching style seeks to unlock the child's ability to reason, to process and to create. Within a structured but warm classroom environment, I individualize learning objectives so that students push themselves to achieve at their own highest possible level. While my students do very well on standardized tests, my goal is that they find joy in the process of learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Teacher of the Year in my school, Finalist in Knoxville for the CARE award, Governor's Honor Teaching Academy, Tennessee Mountain Writer's poetry award recipient, Author of the book,"What the Prof Didn't Tell You" Three booksignings by invitation at bookstores

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS in Elementary Education, Auburn Universtiy, various post grad courses at Univ. of TN

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have three grown children and one lovable grandson. I write regularly for one magazine, and have had work published In numerous others, including Writer's Digest, Reminisce, Teaching K-8, and 10 issues of The Upper Room. I love fast sports cars, autocross, volunteer work, motorcycles, and my little church. Life's busy, and it keeps me young.

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