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William M Ferriter

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By William M Ferriter
I've spent the past 10 years working as a teacher in a professional learning community and the last 7 years as a professional development provider supporting schools making the transition to highly collaborative environments where teachers work
Subjects:
Professional Development, For Administrators
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Professional Development, Professional Documents
$3.25
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By William M Ferriter
One of the nonfiction reading skills that I want my students to become comfortable with is being able to identify the different kinds of evidence that authors are using to persuade readers to think a certain way about a controversial topic. In this
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RI.7.8, RH.6-8.6, RH.6-8.8
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By William M Ferriter
I have spent the better part of the last two years working on CER -- Claim, Evidence, Reasoning -- writing in my middle grades science classroom. My goal has been to help students see that strong positions depend on the ability of an author to back
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Rubrics
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.1b, WHST.6-8.1
$3.25
1
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By William M Ferriter
Here’s Why This Lesson Matters:  The internet makes finding information on anything incredibly easy for anyone.  But it also makes CREATING information -- including information that is heavily biased and/or full of outright lies -- easy, too.  There
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Critical Thinking, Career and Technical Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.8.6
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By William M Ferriter
Research has shown time and again that one of the keys to succeeding as a school community is ensuring that every student has access to a guaranteed and viable curriculum. A guaranteed curriculum is one that every student in the same grade level
Subjects:
Professional Development, For Administrators
Grades:
Staff
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Professional Development, Professional Documents
$3.25
2
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By William M Ferriter
Here’s Why This Lesson Matters:  Phishing -- which is the practice of sending emails that appear to be from reputable companies in an attempt to trick people into turning over their usernames, passwords, or account information -- is big business. 
Subjects:
Computer Science - Technology, Career and Technical Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
$3.25
Digital Download DOCX (0.10 MB)
By William M Ferriter
For the past 25 years, scientists have been using biotechnology to genetically modify many of the foods that we eat. Sometimes, the modifications that they make are designed to add much-needed nutrients to foods -- but most often, the modifications
Subjects:
Science, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.W.1
$5.00
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By William M Ferriter
One of the best tools for helping students to see what practicing science looks like in action is the popular Mythbusters series, featuring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage developing scientific tests to determine the level of truth in commonly held
Subjects:
General Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Movie Guides, Activities, Handouts
$3.25
Digital Download DOC (0.02 MB)
By William M Ferriter
One of the most influential books that I've ever read is titled How to Teach Thinking Skills Within the Common Core. Written by James Bellanca and his colleagues, it argues that the first step towards developing critical thinkers is to teach
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Physical Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Laboratory
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3
$3.99
1
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By William M Ferriter
Teach students about viruses? Then I hope you are using the recent outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China as a teachable moment. This short activity -- which includes links to reliable news sources that students can use to learn more about the
Subjects:
Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
$3.25
1
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By William M Ferriter
Are you a science teacher looking to integrate nonfiction writing skills into your classroom? Or a language arts teacher looking to integrate science content into your writing program? Then this task is for you!Students start by learning more
Subjects:
Science, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.8.1a, W.8.1b
$3.25
1
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By William M Ferriter
Feedback expert Dylan Wiliam argues that if we are using feedback effectively with students in classrooms, we will turn it into "detective work." That means instead of GIVING feedback to students, we will give them opportunities to GATHER
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Study Skills
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Test Prep, Assessment
$3.25
1
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By William M Ferriter
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a classic World War II historical fiction novel detailing the struggles of Danish citizens to resist the German Occupation. It is full of themes of sacrifice, bravery and struggle – and it resonates deeply with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Reading
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Novel Study
$9.99
Digital Download DOC (0.06 MB)
By William M Ferriter
Here’s Why This Lesson Matters:  Whether we like it or not, we live in a world where people are scammed out of millions of dollars every single year.  And worse yet, those scams seem to come at us from all directions. We encounter them in phone
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Computer Science - Technology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Handouts
$3.25
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By William M Ferriter
I am currently working on a Digital Portfolio Pilot project with a group of my sixth graders. One of the things that they are struggling with is thinking about the kinds of posts that they can write in their portfolios. The fact of the matter is
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Instructional Technology, For All Subjects
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Handouts
$3.25
2
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By William M Ferriter
Here’s Why This Lesson Matters:  The internet makes finding information on anything incredibly easy for anyone.  But it also makes CREATING information -- including information that is heavily biased and/or full of outright lies -- easy, too.  There
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Informational Text, Career and Technical Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
RI.8.6
$3.25
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By William M Ferriter
One of the tools that I use the most frequently in my work with students is called a Unit Overview Sheet.The purpose of the unit overview sheet is to detail the essential outcomes for a unit of study in kid friendly language. A unit overview sheet
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th
Types:
Activities, Handouts
$3.25
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By William M Ferriter
One of the challenges of teaching science and social studies in an increasingly controversial world is that students have long been taught to believe that "nonfiction" means "real" or "true." The result: Students who are less likely to realize
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
RI.7.8, RH.6-8.6, RH.6-8.8
$3.25
1
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By William M Ferriter
As a long time social studies and science teacher -- subjects that are actively changing our lives and our communities today -- I believe that it is essential for students to be able to carefully read current events. More specifically, I believe
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, Reading Strategies, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Printables
$3.25
Digital Download DOCX (0.01 MB)
By William M Ferriter
As a sixth grade science teacher, I know full well how important it is for students to learn the vocabulary attached to my subject. It's simply impossible for a student to become fluent in the sciences if they aren't fluent with the terms used in
Subjects:
Physical Science, Earth Sciences, Vocabulary
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
$2.99
Digital Download DOC (0.04 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a public school teacher for 27 years, specializing in middle grades science, social studies and language arts instruction. I am also an author and a professional development provider with expertise in all things #edtech and #atplc.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am constantly working to develop materials and lessons that give students chances to wrestle with essential skills like collaboration, critical thinking, persuasion, visual influence and complex problem solving. My classroom is a place driven by good questions, not the right answers.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a Middle Childhood Generalist since 1997. I have also been the Teacher of the Year in my county and a Regional Teacher of the Year in my state.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Elementary Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My goal each morning is to be a better teacher than I was yesterday!

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