Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Best of my Best Lessons

Hey Guys! I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about my two BEST lessons on TPT and one lesson idea that isn't. I try not to do too much promotion on here but I truly think both of these products will make your lives easier! And, I don't know about you but as we head into holiday time that's exactly what I need! Easy easy easy!

First up- This is a mini-bundle of two short print and go activities that accompany digital shorts. Here I use the well known Pigeon Impossible and the lesser known The Passenger to review literary terms and concepts with students. I kid you not. I have used this in 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and college classrooms and EVERYONE has loved it. 

I don't think all resources are truly all ages but this is. Each of these videos with the activities will take about 15-20 minutes to get through depending on how much you discuss as a class. They are perfect for filling in before or after an assembly or the day before a break. I think I've written about Pigeon Impossible before but when I did this lesson the first time in my 7/8 class the kids (who were a bit rough around the edges) were PERFECT. No joke. I couldn't have scripted it better. I was also praised by a dean for using Bloom's Taxonomy and having 26/27 students completely engaged. I promise similar results for you. 

Just check out these testimonials: 

Tammy said: "This lesson is fabulous! My kids love "Pigeon Impossible"!! Even 6 - 8 weeks after the lesson was utilized I have students asking to if they can watch it when we have extra time at the end of class:-)"

Kristy said: "This is an amazing product-it was very engaging and my students begged to watch the video over and over!" 
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My other best selling product is my research bundle. I developed this resource over the course of teaching several semesters of composition at the community college. A lot of what I created however was to fill the void in what my students didn't learn in or retain from high school. Therefore, I find this resource one that can be used starting in late middle school and moving through college. There is SO MUCH included in this bundle. You'll get presentations, rubrics, examples, information sheets etc. It can be used straight through or pick and choose the pieces you need to supplement any research activity your students are engaged in. 

I don't know about your students but mine needed a lot of help with how to summarize, paraphrase, take notes, write outlines and more. This bundle even includes instructions on how to write a research paper proposal and an annotated bibliography! If you don't know where to start with teaching research- this is the place to start. I'm also always updating and adding to the bundle. So buying it now will get you access to future resources even if the price goes up!! 

See what these buyers had to say:
Ms. Walker said: "I am such a fan of this resource! Perfect for my freshmen and sophomores who are also enrolled in college courses. Thanks!"

Anonymous said: "I am using this with my college level courses to introduce research papers. It has been easy for my students to understand, including the weaker ones, and it has been attractive and engaging enough to keep my better students interested. Thank you so much!"

My best non TPT lesson! 
The best lesson I've done that isn't on TPT involves reading aloud. I know it's not mind blowing but hear me out. I was teaching middle school to a mixed 7/8th grade class that had the lowest math scores out of approximately 180 students. They were very low in math- 3-4th grade. However, in class I had a mix of readers from 2nd grade to college ready! I'd been assigned to teach an elective called "Book Club" which was in addition to our ELA block. I knew I'd lose my low readers if I just made them read even more. So I decided to read to them. I went to one of my go-to high interest books; Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper. I'm from Ohio so the fact that it's set in Cincinnati rang true to them. 

Every day I sat on a stool in front of the class and read. They read along or just listened. As long as their eyes were open and they were quiet I let them be. I'd read for about 20 minutes and for the last 10 minutes of the class I'd ask them comprehension questions. I'd have them make predictions, think about theme etc. It was honestly my favorite 30 minutes of the day and they loved it too. When we got to the end of the book one of my very low readers asked for a notecard and had me tell him the titles of the other two books in the trilogy. I let him know and then told him that I had one of them in our classroom library. He quickly went back to try to find it. That was a moment when I knew what I was doing was working. Try it. Read something aloud. Take away all the writing and over analyzing and just ignite that interest in your students. That class helped me form bonds with that group of students and it was such a bright spot in that school year.

The BEST part!
This post is a part of a great blog hop featuring the best lessons from the best sellers on TPT.  Some are free, some are on sale, and all are awesome! You can also enter to win fantastic giftcards!  a Rafflecopter giveaway In fact, to celebrate my ENTIRE store is 10% off November 1-2 2016. Get these goodies at a steal while you can. Don't forget to rate past purchases to earn your TPT credits towards future purchases!

Thanks so Much for Reading!