VandyPenguins
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I use these cards at the beginning of the year and sporadically throughout the year to build community. Students love playing this game in Morning Meeting or in transition times. In addition, this fosters literacy interaction in students and greatly
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This is a project for students to complete at home to better learn about each other, our world, and themselves. In class, each child will present about what his/her family does to celebrate a holiday. During the presentation, the students will share
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**I created this to use with our research on PebbleGo.com, but a subscription to that website is not necessary to use this as a graphic organizer. I created this graphic organizer to go along with our study of Holidays, Traditions, and Cultures.
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Use this problem solving rubric to easily assess students' understanding of math skills, as well as to assess their ability to explain their thinking. Assesses students in the area of Understanding, Solution, Models, Explanation, &
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Painted Lady Butterflies. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Ruby Bridges and Civil Rights. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of maps. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password to
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Our school district purchases science kits to use with the Carolina materials. We observe the life cycle of Painted Lady butterflies, as they grow from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. I have created this journal to span the 3-4 weeks you
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Use this Reading Interest Inventory to get to know your readers at the beginning of the year! Students fill out the inventory (on their own or with help), and then you can use this informal assessment during early reading conferences to discuss
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This is a Powerpoint presentation to introduce students to the Civil War. This is their first exposure to this event in our nation's history. It has a focus on North Carolina's role in the war, to specifically connect with North Carolina history
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This lesson includes a lesson plan for a writing activity for use after reading Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Students will create a new version of Stellaluna by changing the characters Stellaluna interacts with in the text.Students will rewrite
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of Stars, the Planets, the Solar System, and Space. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of plants, flowers, gardens, and living things. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of the Moon and Sun, Stars, the Planets, the Solar System, and Space. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want
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**If you purchase this item, please look for the labels and powerpoint also posted.** For Open House, our school does three 20-minute sessions. While parents are coming into their session, I have this scavenger hunt waiting on the desk before I
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of government, democracy, elections, and voting. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to help learn about respect and responsibility. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (please make sure your students have the username and password
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**You must have access to PebbleGo.com to use this webquest.** I created this webquest to go along with our study of holidays and cultures. The log-in directions are at the top of the page (you may want to edit it to include your username and
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This is a list of classroom jobs that I use in my classroom. In years past, I have sent this list home with instructions for the students to rate their top 5 preferences. Having the students help in the classroom gives them a sense of ownership
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've taught 2nd grade for 5 years in Nashville. We moved to North Carolina, where I taught 4th grade in Wake County in North Carolina. I switched schools, and teach 2nd grade again in Durham. I love it! I teach all subject areas- reading, writing, language, math, science, and social studies. I have taught with the Common Core State Standards for over 5 years.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love penguins, which I use to my advantage in my classroom (nicknamed "The Rookery"). I highly value a team approach, and my students read EVERY day! I have been inspired by Donalyn Miller's book, "The Book Whisperer," and I also love Choice Literacy's weekly blog. Writer's Workshop is a daily occurrence in my classroom as well. In math, I love helping the students deconstruct their thinking to go deeper to truly understand numbers and mathematical concepts. We say it every day, "Explain your thinking!" I am a huge proponent of technology use appropriately in the classroom. We must prepare children to use devices wisely and efficiently, as their futures will greatly depend on their ability to think critically using technologies that have not been invented yet. Technology should not be used to "baby-sit," rather as a way to learn, as well as to extend and express learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected to Metro. Nashville Public Schools' Teacher Leadership Institute

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. Vanderbilt University (2008) in Elementary Education, Child Studies, and Reading/Literacy Studies M.Ed Vanderbilt University (2009) in English Language Learners I grew up in Arlington, TX, where I had plenty of wonderful teachers at Wood Elementary, Boles Jr. High, and Martin High School.

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