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I have been in the field of education for 27 years. I love what I do everyday; it is truly a passion and I can not imagine doing anything else! In 2013, I retired as the gifted, special services, and elementary curriculum director for a public school district! I design curricular materials anywhere from Pre-K to 8th grade, and I must say I am partial to classroom/behavior management and English Language Arts.

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I have been in the field of education for 27 years. I love what I do everyday; it is truly a passion and I can not imagine doing anything else! In 2013, I retired as the gifted, special services, and elementary curriculum director for a public school district! I design curricular materials anywhere from Pre-K to 8th grade, and I must say I am partial to classroom/behavior management and English Language Arts.
Classroom Management: Catching Compliments!
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Classroom Management: Catching Compliments!

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Springtime is here! Everybody is gearing up for baseball and softball season! And… what student doesn't want to be complimented on his/her great traits or a job well done. Use this resource packet of numbered baseballs to place on a large glove when a student does a great job or compliments another student for a job well done! This resource set includes baseballs numbered from one to forty-eight as well as twelve baseballs that are not numbered that can be used multiple ways. Set up a system with your classroom that when students earn a certain amount of baseballs or a certain amount of points, they are rewarded as a class! This can be a great system to encourage family and community in your classroom!
Professional Development Training: Memory Techniques for ADHD Students
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Professional Development Training: Memory Techniques for ADHD Students

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Working memory is part of our executive function and if often referred to as our “mental workspace” where information is stored and used for a short time i.e. a few seconds. It’s that place where we store a phone number, an address, an email address, etc. If a student is not able to retain the information needed to solve the problem, then the student is unable to complete the task and, of course, does not feel good about it at all. What is language processing? Several parts of language are very difficult for children with ADHD to make sense of and use successfully on a daily basis. Syntax is the set of rules of oral and written grammar. Semantics are the word meanings that influence oral and written grammar. Finally, pragmatics is the social use of language to convey thoughts and humor. The following thirty-three presentation and training slides are an explanation of many different memory techniques and strategies that can be modeled and used successfully with students with characteristics of ADHD to help improve his/her/their working memory deficits. This training can be used in a focused faculty meeting, an all-day professional development session, and/or a small group professional learning community. As well, this training can be given to parents to allow them to help their children at home more successfully when studying with them or helping with homework!
Differentiated Instruction: Training Support and Materials
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Differentiated Instruction: Training Support and Materials

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This is an awesome 66 slide training resource for ALL educators! The training ranges from a definition of differentiation, cartoons of differentiation for icebreakers, aspects of instruction that can be differentiated to strategies of differentiating, examples of menus, choice boards, menus, planners, and tic-tac-toe choice boards! These slides can be utilized at a focused faculty meeting, professional development session, and/or a PLC.
Informational Text Article: Energy Drinks: Are They To Die For?
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Informational Text Article: Energy Drinks: Are They To Die For?

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This informational text selection is a must have for your reading and/or language arts classes! This timely and relevant article is about the dangers of energy drinks and is designed to make your students think before they drink. The article has several illustrations complete with captions to aid in rich discussion. It is perfect for sixth through eighth grades depending on varying reading levels. There is a formative quiz attached with DOK 1, 2, and 3 questions. This 1000 word article is sure to be a hit with your classes!
ADHD Training Presentation for Teachers and Parents!
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ADHD Training Presentation for Teachers and Parents!

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This presentation is comprised of seventeen slides which are all anecdotes of all too familiar happenings with children who exhibit ADD/ADHD characteristics. Each child, as we all well know, is different and unique! Use these slides at the conclusion of an all day training as closure or use them at a Parent University or parent workshop. All teachers and parents can relate to the content for sure! The content is meant to highlight the funny side of living with an ADHD child!
Math Problem Solving: Don’t Be Puzzled by Problem Solving in Math!
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Math Problem Solving: Don’t Be Puzzled by Problem Solving in Math!

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Grab students’ attention in a big way with these math problem solving mini-posters. Each poster gives a strategy for problem solving in math. The packet includes nine different mini-posters and because of their size will fit absolutely perfect above a white board or on a math bulletin board! Each serves as an easy reference when giving direct instruction in math problem solving!
Informational Text for Close Reading: Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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Informational Text for Close Reading: Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Universal Studios is at it again... Your students are going to absolutely love this selection. Use this informational text article to “hook them and hold them” for absolute sure! What a better way to practice metacognitive strategies for close reading. This article can be utilized to practice all of the many close-reading strategies that you have worked all year on with your students, which we all know, are life-long reading skills! The selection includes nonfiction information in regards to the new park opening on April 7, 2016, at Universal Studios, in Hollywood. The selection is approximately 750 words long and proves to provide the rigor needed for the complexity that is required of students’ text! At the conclusion of the article, there is a formative assessment (12 questions) that you might use for a teaching opportunity to go over specific skills and how the answer is derived (implicitly or explicitly stated for example) or of course it might be used independently as a comprehension check. There are many, many ways to utilize this selection to suit the needs of your classroom! I hope your students enjoy!
Discipline Strategies for ADHD Children
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Discipline Strategies for ADHD Children

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In this packet/presentation, there are twenty-five discipline strategies to consider as a parent and/or a teacher when working with an ADHD child/student. These strategies are only a sampling of what is additionally available from ADDitude’s Experts a journal published monthly. Use this power-point for a “Parent University” training session for parents of children with ADHD. As well, these slides can be used in a professional development training session, focused faculty meeting, or professional learning community.
*FREEBIE* Poetry With Abraham Lincoln
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*FREEBIE* Poetry With Abraham Lincoln

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Your students are sure to love this resource as they complete a study on the life of Abraham Lincoln. Students are asked to take Abraham Lincoln's name and construct an acrostic with each letter of his name. As well, at the bottom of the printable, students are to create a Haiku and are reminded of the pattern for this type of poetry! Students will delight in decorating their "top hats" and publishing their acrostics and haiku's for President's Day!
Opinion Writing: Should We Purchase an Artificial or a Real Tree this Christmas?
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Opinion Writing: Should We Purchase an Artificial or a Real Tree this Christmas?

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This is an awesome packet to utilize to teach opinion writing in grades, three, four, and five. This packet contains seven different sources which all have critical information in trying to formulate an opinion in whether one should buy an artificial tree or a real tree during this Christmas season. Five of the sources are articles from the web and include the following titles: (1) Real of Plastic: Many Consumers Will Be Asking Themselves That Question This Season; (2) It’s Environmentally and Traditionally Wrong to Buy and Use Plastic Products to Celebrate Christmas… Here’s Why?; (3) Dear Earth Talk: What’s Better for the Environment, a Fake or Real Christmas Tree?; (4) Buy a Real Christmas Tree and Support Our Economy?; and (5) Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees: Which is Better for the Environment? Next, there are two other sources which are graphs/charts and include: (1) China Tops in Fake Christmas Trees and (2) Tree Purchases (in millions). Students can critically read each of these sources to help them formulate an opinion. Upon much discussion and examination of each of the seven sources, students then can complete one of the two graphic organizers provided to frame their opinion writing. Both organizers allow the students to provide an opinion based on what they have read. Additionally, they are asked to give reasons and evidence for their opinion. These organizers pave the way for the writing of the opinion piece asked for in CCSS: (W.3.a,b,c,d) (W.4.a,b,c,d) and (W.5.a,b,c,d).
Solving Word Problems in Math: Using the "Key" Words to Find Solutions!
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Solving Word Problems in Math: Using the "Key" Words to Find Solutions!

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In this set of mini-posters, you will find four posters for each of the basic operations– addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. On each mini-poster, there are key words that serve as cues for the students when trying to persevere and solve math word problems and develop habits of mind for the Standards for Mathematical Practice. These posters are the perfect size for a bulletin board or placement right above the white board to reference to as one is teaching! The posters are designed to be eye-catching and definitely engage the students!
Welcome Back to School Photo Props for Building Community in Your Classroom!
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Welcome Back to School Photo Props for Building Community in Your Classroom!

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Your students are absolutely going to love this community building activity! In this resource, you will find many different photo props that your students will love to choose from to make the perfect “beginning of the school year” photo to cherish all year! Props include sayings such as (1) I’m a hot mess! (2) Say Cheese; (3) I’m Ready to Learn! (4) “I’m Only Here for Recess!” and many, many others (see entire list of photo props below)! There are approximately seventy-five photo props to choose from or choose multiple ones for different photo combinations. These photos can be used in conjunction with an “All About Me” activity, a poetry writing session about "Our New Classroom", and many many other classroom community building activities! Most of all, they can be used just to have simple plain fun as the school year gets cranked up and ready to go! Each photo prop is ready to go. One needs to simply download, copy on card-stock, laminate if possible for future year’s use, and glue or tape to a popsicle stick or any other type of short dowel, etc. Have an awesome time setting up your background to use these props! List of Photo Props: ** "I Look Good and I Know It!" ** Most Likely to Succeed ** Bookworm ** 1st Day of School 2016 (each grade level from kindergarten to 6th grade ** Class Clown ** WhooHoo! ** "I'm a Hot Mess!" ** OMG!! ** Photo Bomb ** "That's What He Said!" ** "That's What She Said!" ** "Say Cheese!" ** 2LEGIT 2QUIT ** LIKE! ** DISLIKE! ** Best Hair ** Most Athletic ** #1 Finger Sign ** Books ** Bow Ties (four of these; different colors) ** Eyeglasses (four of these; different patterns) ** #backtoschool (multiple copies; different colors) ** #BFF (multiple copies; different colors) ** apple cut-outs ** "Ready to Learn!" (multiple copies; different colors) ** "I'm Only Here for Recess!" (multiple copies; different colors) ** "I'm a Genius!" (multiple copies; different colors) ** "I Believe I Can Fly!" (multiple copies; different colors) ** "The Sky is the Limit!" (multiple copies; different colors) ** "I'm not fitting in when I was born to stand out!" (multiple copies; different colors) ** "Oh, the Places I'm Going!" (multiple copies; different colors)
Classroom Management: Positive Notes of Praise!
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Classroom Management: Positive Notes of Praise!

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Students absolutely love to hear their teachers talk about them in a great, positive way. This packet reinforces that concept that we all know to be true. In this packet, you will find several ways of delivering hand written positive messages to your students. There are notes entitled, “You got caught doing something good!”, “Here’s To You,” and “You Make Me Proud!” Additionally, there are two sets of notes entitled, “It’s the Little Things That Mean So Much.” In these sets, you can check off the things that your students have done well and reward them with just a simple note of praise!
Literary Devices: Fourteen Mini-Posters for Students!
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Literary Devices: Fourteen Mini-Posters for Students!

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In this packet of mini-posters you are sure to find the literary device that you need to use with your students. Specifically, you will find Fourteen Mini-Posters each Depicting a Literary Device to include: alliteration, allegory, irony, personification, hyperbole, imagery, simile, metaphor, idiom, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, pun, and palindrome~ These mini-posters are valuable tools in using on bulletin boards, center rotations, and as reference tools all year long in a language arts classroom! Your students are sure to love them!
Literary Elements of a Story Mini-Posters
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Literary Elements of a Story Mini-Posters

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This is a set of ten mini-posters each referencing a literary element. The set includes: plot, setting, protagonist, antagonist, narrator, narrative method, dialogue, conflict, mood, and theme. These are great mini-posters for referencing these important parts of a story. They can be used as a bulletin board all year long to serve as an easy reference or placed above the white board for easy reference as well.
Classroom Management: Don't Leave Home Without It! Training Presentation
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Classroom Management: Don't Leave Home Without It! Training Presentation

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This is an awesome PowerPoint training on classroom management. This resource contains forty-seven slides and is appropriate for all teachers, administrators, and other educators. This can be used in a focused faculty meeting, a professional development session, or even a small professional learning community! This training is full of strategies that are researched and recommended by Harry and Rosemary Wong! You don't want to miss grabbing this resource for a back-to-school session with your colleagues!
Professional Development Book Study -- Are You Educating a Fish in a Tree?
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Professional Development Book Study -- Are You Educating a Fish in a Tree?

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If you have not had the opportunity to read the book, A Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, now is the time! The novel, A Fish in a Tree, is eloquently authored by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. This e-book product is a companion book study that may be utilized in several different ways including: (1) individual professional development to renew your own professional growth and learning; (2) a faculty and staff book study as a summer or really anytime of the year book study for professional growth; (3) a guide or workbook for an assigned reading in a graduate course; and (4) maybe an entire faculty and staff summer read to help better understand the world of dyslexia as part of a school improvement process! Specifically, this book is a companion book study for educators or anyone else that wants a different look into the world of a child/teenager, and/or adult dealing with dyslexic tendencies/characteristics 24/7.The opportunities are limitless for how one might utilize this product best! You make the decision! This novel is written around the infamous quote: “everybody is smart in different ways. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.” Do you see them as “your children” before you see them as “your students?” Do you foster the importance of standing out rather than fitting in or just satisfying the status quo? How do you think these students “find their grit” to face challenges such as the ones Ally did? Ponder and reflect as you read ahead…
Informational Text Article: Rabbits, Jackrabbits, and Hares
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Informational Text Article: Rabbits, Jackrabbits, and Hares

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This selection is an informational text article designed to enhance science and/or reading classes. This informational text focuses on the rabbit, the jackrabbit, and the hare and how they are alike and different. The article features different illustrations with captions to help explain the text. This article is about 800 words long.There is a formative quiz attached with DOK 1, 2, and 3 questions. As well, Bloom's Taxonomy is evident in looking at the questions for the quiz! All students love to read about rabbits and this article is a great resource for an animals unit or some or science context as well as language arts! This is sure to be a big hit with your class.
Welcome Back to School: Unique T-Shirt Icebreaker Activity
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Welcome Back to School: Unique T-Shirt Icebreaker Activity

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This resource is a great icebreaker for welcoming each child back to school and it will also help to establish a community of learners in your classroom. Students will enjoy decorating these t-shirts with unique personality characteristics about them, illustrate, color, and then attach them to a clothesline already hung in the classroom. Get some really colorful clothespins to attach them to the cord serving as the clothesline! There are three different types of reproducible t-shirts included for the students to have a choice. One of the t-shirt patterns has established lines for those students who choose to write about themselves instead of draw, color, and illustrate important things about them! Kids will have a blast!
Time Management Strategy for All Super Teachers!
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Time Management Strategy for All Super Teachers!

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We are all so completely busy! And... I am not sure if you have the same type of problems as myself; however, I am a procrastinator! In saying this, this resource is a printable that includes a strategy for managing your time. In this resource, the "Einstein Urgent Important Principle" is utilized and will prove to be a huge asset! Try it! Specifically, it allows you to prioritize your "to-do" list into four different categories which include: (1) Important and Urgent-- do it now; (2) Important, But Not Urgent-- Plan It; (3) Not Important, But Urgent -- Delegate it; and then (4) Not Important and Not Urgent -- Dump It! Try this printable-- hope you enjoy!