Thursday, May 23, 2013

Collaboration, Curriculum and a Contest, Oh my!



Happy Thursday, colleagues.

Today's blog follows a different path. First, I am thrilled to share the blogs and Pinterest pages  of seventeen awesome teachers who I have been privileged to learn from and share teaching ideas and matters of life with over the past year or so. 

I met them through a variety of teaching and social venues such as Facebook, Teachers pay Teachers, Pinterest and this blog.  If you aren't following their blogs or Pinterest boards, you are missing a wealth of teaching knowledge from English Language Arts, to Foreign Language to Math and to Art! If Shakespeare were to paraphrase his famous quote, he might say, "Hie thee to these blogs and boards and ye will not fail but will thrive!"


Middle and High School Teacher blogs


After checking out these Savvy Sixteen teachers (I'm the 17th and you know about me already), scroll on down for my Thursday Freebie, Nonfiction Analysis: Reading and Writing Activity.

It's not a sexy vehicle like a Maserati Gran Turismo, but it's stylish, smart and refined, like a Modern Steel Metallic Honda Accord Coupe. Lastly, check out a cool contest from Compass Publishing.
 

Introducing:  Sixteen Savvy Teachers

The Tutor House


Bio:  Hi!  I'm Adrianne from The Tutor House.  I love tutoring and creating engaging lessons for math in reading for grades 3-8!  If you've ever thought about starting your own tutoring business, you should come on over to The Tutor House!

Follow Adrianne of The Tutor House on Pinterest.



2PeasAndADog Blog

Bio:  Hi Everyone! It's Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog. I am a Canadian middle school teacher who loves to pin and blog about things related to Grades 6 and up.

Follow Kristy of 2 Peas and a Dog on Pinterest.

MissMathDork

Bio:  Hiya there!  I'm Jamie but you may know me as MissMathDork! I am a lover of all things mathematical!  Patterns, sequences, geometric shapes, if it's mathematical, I'll find a way to make it fun!  Want to see some of my ideas? Check out my ideas and pictures at www.missmathdork.com!  You won't be disappointed!

Follow Jaime of Miss Math Dork on Pinterest.




Bio:  Hello, there. I’m Charlene Tess from Simple Steps to Sentence Sense. Grammar is my specialty. I have always loved taking sentences apart and putting them back together, and I successfully taught my students using the simple steps method for over three decades. Visit my blog to get helpful tips on grammar, usage, and writing.

Follow Charlene of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense on Pinterest.



Bio:  Hi! I'm Kim from Teaching Math by Hart. I am forever planning and thinking of new and innovative ways to teach math to my students. Why, you ask? Believe it or not, I think learning Math should be FUN and it should be REAL! If you are looking for some ideas to engage your students in math class, come check out Teaching Math by Hart - in the middle years classroom! Pinterest.

Tammy Manor!

Bio:  Hi my name is Tammy and I've been teaching high school English for 13 years now. I know that teaching can be very stressful. My school is constantly changing the book list and I've taught every grade 6-12 as well. As a result I have unit plans for a large variety of novels, plays and memoirs. Come check out my store on TpT for a variety of ELA materials. Follow my blog for teaching related posts.

Follow Tammy on Pinterest.  


Bio:  Meet Sabrina, author of A Space to Create.  Find teaching resources for art teachers and classroom teachers alike. My art lessons teach students the creative process enabling them to build confidence and have amazing results.  Come visit my blog A Space to Create! (K-12)

Follow Sabrina of A Space to Create on Pinterest.


All Things Algebra

Bio: Hi there!  I'm Gina from All Things Algebra.  I have taught Algebra and Pre-Algebra for seven years and have a passion for creating activites and games that engage my students.  If you are interested in finding ways to have more fun in math class, head on over and check out my blog!

Follow Gina of All Things Algebra on Pinterest.


Bio:  Hi there!  My name is Amy Brown and I write a blog called "Science Stuff."  I am a 29-year teaching veteran of biology, chemistry and AP biology.  I love science and I love kids, so I have the best job in the world!  Hopefully, I have passed my love of nature and the environment on to many students.  My blog has tips and tricks for teaching science as well as a lot of free science teaching materials.  I hope to see you there!

Follow Amy of Science Stuff on Pinterest.

Numbers Rule My World

Bio: Hi! I’m Krystina from Numbers Rule My World. I love incorporating hands-on activities and technology into the classroom for Math: grades 7-9. If you’re looking for great ideas about math then you should come on over and check it out at Numbers Rule My World!

Follow Krystina of Numbers Rule My World on Pinterest.

4mulaFun Blog Fan

Bio:  Hello, my name is Jennifer Smith-Sloane. I am a Middle School Math and Special Education teacher. I have a strong passion for differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each learner in and out of my classroom. I love seeing the light in a student's eyes when something finally clicks and I do everything that I can to make that happen as often as it can.  Visit my blog 4mulaFun!

Follow Jennifer of 4mulaFun on Pinterest.

Innovative Connections

Bio:  Hey! I am Ann Marie from Innovative Connections. I enjoy blogging about various topics: Projects and lessons going on in my classroom, ideas I've learned or ideas I've thought of at the most random of moments (At 2 a.m. when I can't sleep, I can come up with some stellar ideas), teaching resources I find beneficial to fellow teachers and/or bloggers. Due to the wide range of grades I've had the pleasure of teaching, Innovative Connections caters mostly to language arts but loves to share and collaborate with teachers/bloggers of various grade levels.

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Bio:  This is Madame Aiello, author of Teaching FSL. Although I've taught other subjects as well, French as a Second Language has always been my passion. My focus is the higher grades, since I taught high school originally but teach grade 7 & 8 since six years ago. I share lots of resources, blog about second language teacher specific topics as well as those that apply to all teachers.

Follow Madame Aiello of Teaching FSL on Pinterest.




Liz's Lessons
Bio:  Bonjour! Hola! I'm Liz from Liz's Lessons. Languages are one of my passions, and I love teaching with technology. I create fun lessons for teaching secondary French, and Spanish. I also make formative assessments and technology activities in English, that can be used in any secondary classroom. If you are looking for some engaging activities for your classes, be sure to stop by Liz's Lessons!

Follow Liz of Liz's Lessons on Pinterest.


For the Love of Teaching Math
Bio: I'm Andrea Kerr from For the Love of Teaching Math. It is my mission to change traditional math classrooms one game and activity at a time. If you like to incorporate hands-on, group activities and games into your classroom, check out For the Love of Teaching Math!

Follow Andrea of For the Love of Teaching Math on Pinterest.

Addie Education – Teacher Talk

Bio:  I'm a middle / high-school teacher and I love to create ELA, Social Studies and Geography related resources.  I blog at Addie Education - Teacher Talk... come on by and see some of the fun things I do with my students.

Follow Addie Education on Pinterest.


Bio:  I'm a high school English teacher in a 1:1 school who loves books and fostering creativity. My blogs are Mrs. Orman's Classroom and Hunger Games Lessons. I share my teaching resources on TeachersPayTeachers.

Follow Tracee Orman on Pinterest.


Peruse any online teaching group or magazine and you are bound to find a conversation about Common Core Standards and their emphasis on informational nonfiction reading. This is a beast just waiting to be conquered.
Middle and High School ELA Lesson Plan
My FREE posting, Nonfiction Analysis: Reading and Writing Activity, is one way all of you perceptive and shrewd teachers can calm this creature and create classes of students proficient in reading comprehension, writing, and language usage.

Although all programs of study require core whole-class nonfiction readings, as often as possible, students should choose nonfiction informational reading that hooks their personal interest. The kids will be more inclined to want to read a topic of their choice (ownership) which will lead to the desire to express their thoughts and interpretations clearly and coherently. Their reading and writing proficiencies will blossom and solidify. This is a win-win teaching/learning idea for teachers and students.


This FREE 8-page product offers:


1. Almost 2-pages of Teacher Notes and teaching suggestions.

Middle and High School ELA Lesson Plan: Teacher Notes



2. A Student Directions page that lists Types of Articles as well as Types of Newspapers, Magazines, Online article sources and Texts.

Middle and High School ELA Activity:Nonfiction Analysis: Reading and Writing











3. A detailed analysis worksheet for note-taking
Middle and High School ELA Analyzing Lesson Plan




4. A Ten Sentence format page so students can write a summary of the article using information from their notes, and


Middle and High School Summarizing Lesson Plan
5. A format for students to expand their writing proficiency by turning a summary into a full-length essay.

This FREE Common Core and Bloom's Taxonomy aligned activity should be used with any core nonfiction reading as well as for raising reading comprehension thinking and writing skills proficiencies. Download it from http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Activity-Nonfiction-Reading-and-Writing-Analysis-706269.




Who doesn't love the, "Will I win?" shivery anticipation of a contest?  Compass Publishing has one that will light your book bags on fire.  Check it out:

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As I said on my Facebook  page yesterday, "What's to LIKE about Brigantine/Compass Publishing? Awesome teacher resources that make sense but don't cost teachers a lot of cents are two reasons. Another one is their Sweepstakes. LIKE their site and enter the Sweepstakes to win some great teaching resources.  https://www.facebook.com/compassbooks?sk=app_143103275748075&app_data=dlt-1."

That's it for this Thursday, my friends. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the Savvy Sixteen teachers,  today's FREEBIE activity and a terrific Sweepstakes.

Happy Teaching,