Featured author: Kimberly Masiello
Kimberly works as a literacy coach at a charter school in San Diego and has five years of teaching experience.
We chatted with Kimberly about her experience teaching and being a successful TES author, and here’s what she had to say about:
Her motivation for selling resources on TES
I love to share resources that my students have tested and loved. We teach our students to collaborate using 21st Century technology. I think sharing resources and collaborating this way online is a natural extension of this work. Additionally, I think sharing ideas brings innovation and change.
A memorable moment from her teaching career
The day before I was to leave New York City to move to San Diego, my ESL students threw me a surprise going away party. I had to leave a few days before the official end of the year. They planned the party by themselves. They reserved a room at school, bought food with their money, decorations, and a card. We had become a little family during our time together, so this was an incredibly special moment. A few of the resources I have posted here come from my time with those kids.
A time she particularly impacted a student
I had a student who was scared to talk in class and scared to come to school. I worked in a 6-12 grade school and she was a very tiny 6th grader. She often came to my classroom in the morning to just sit. Even as I tried to engage her in conversation, the most I would get was a nod. I think for her it was knowing there was a safe place for her to go. In the middle of the year, she finally began to speak to me, and by the end of the year, she raised her hand for the first time. Many times, for shy students, giving them a safe place to be makes all the difference. There was no pressure for her to talk when we were together.
This week-long lesson plan will turn your students into synonym-savvy experts. It has your students going from the ground up to learn what a synonym is, how to create a synonym chart, how to use a thesaurus, and how to use synonyms to bring variety into their writing and conversation.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Lead students in a two week career exploration unit. The unit includes detailed lesson plans, a career self assessment form, a career profile advisory, a research graphic organizer, and career presentation directions. Your future doctors, lawyers, scientists, artists and teachers will thank you!
How many times have your students forgotten when and how to use proper grammar? Use these colorful tips on a bulletin board or in your student’s notebooks to help them be resourceful when they have difficulty with grammar and punctuation. This resource is excellent for kids with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.