Valerie's Core Classroom

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Valerie's Core Classroom
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"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." - Aristotle
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Teach your students how to engage in academic discourse using these CCSS aligned sentence starters. The download includes sentence starter classroom posters as well as printable cards for individual students. Sentence starters provide students the
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As I start to build my own classroom library, I felt inspired to label my book bins with genres and titles familiar to my middle school students. The genre labels include three young adult exemplars of each genre.
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Use these posters and coupons to reward your students without spending a penny! These rewards support any classroom management style or system. These free rewards are both motivating and fun for students to collect!
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This write-around activity engages student in close reading, annotating text, citing evidence, examining word choice, and written discourse. Students work in groups to silently participate in the group activity. Students rotate the activities around
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This flowchart covers the impact of agriculture on societies. Students write short summaries with supporting details. Each summary is illustrated. I've used this flowchart with my students for a few years now. It serves as a great assessment to
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This PDF handout includes live, active links to the various Google Chrome extensions and applications listed. This is the perfect handout to start the year with Chromebooks. Some of the apps and extensions listed include Google Drive, Grammarly,
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Use this graphic organizer to compare and contrast ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia based on topics such as Geography, Rise, Fall, etc. Extend on the activity by having your students write a compare and contrast paragraph based on the details included
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This graphic organizer is Common Core State Standards aligned. The printable is designed to use with W.A.C. (Word Structure, Apposition, and Context Clues) vocabulary strategies. Using the graphic organizer, students will have to cite evidence, and
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Use this Star Wars themed handout to help students with the basics for formatting documents. I usually require my students format all assignments using APA and MLA basics (12 pt. font, Times or Arial, etc.) This handout includes screenshots that
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My career in education began teaching English in Italy in a small village near Treviso, Veneto. I've been teaching middle school language arts and social science in southern California for the past four years. Currently, I am working on my Master's degree in Educational Administration. Teaching is truly my passion as I continuously seek resources and effective strategies to improve my instruction.


It is my goal for my students to be as passionate about the content as I am. I believe in a student-centered approach to teaching where I give students as many opportunities as possible to be creative, make meaning, become experts, and think critically. As a Google Certified Educator, I enjoy integrating technology into my lessons. I believe that technology should be used in a classroom to expand on content in a rigorous, engaging, meaningful, and fun way!


Google Certified Educator, Lead Teacher in Technology


California State University, Long Beach - Master's in Educational Administration California State University, Long Beach - Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Supplemental English Authorization) University of California, Santa Barbara - B.A. in English, History Minor


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