Category: Teacher Evaluations

When to Use Parentheses, Commas, and Dashes

Teaching when to use commas, parentheses, dashes to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements from Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

Common Core L.6.2.A states students should use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements. So, is there a difference in the three? Some resources say no. Others say yes. This post will list the rules pointing out the differences in the three, so you can decide.

Nonrestrictive vs. Restrictive Elements

First you need to understand the meanings of nonrestrictive and restrictive elements Continue Reading

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A Teacher’s Guide to Higher Level Questions

This free staggered flip organizer can be added to the inside of your plan or grade book for quick easy access to higher level questions.

This organizer provides a quick reference for teachers to come up with higher level questions on the fly. The staggered flip organizer is divided into five areas teachers use in reading class. The organizer includes inference, main idea, summarizing, compare and contrast, and problem/solution questions.

TEAM Evaluations

With every TEAM evaluation, evaluators must find an area of weakness. Teachers must then come up with an action plan for improving this area. During one evaluation, my area of weakness was I needed to use a greater variety of questions during classroom instruction. Continue Reading

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Student Portfolios ~ Teacher Evaluations Part 5

Student Grades

Student Portfolios

When teachers read this statement, “Portfolio-based with clear illustrations of student progress toward state content standards,” from the list of requirements on the teacher evaluation rubric, I repeatedly heard teachers say they would just take a mark down in this area. There was no way they could create individual portfolios for their students.

While inwardly I cringed, I knew I couldn’t purposely skip over a required component. Instead, I thought, “What is the easiest most effective way to create portfolios for my students?” Continue Reading

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Sound Devices ~~ Alliteration, Rhyme, and Onomatopoeia

Rhyme and Alliteration PowerPoint


Sound Devices ~~ Alliteration, Rhyme, and Onomatopoeia

As I was looking through some lesson plans to decide what to share in this post, I came across two lesson plans I had created for my 2012/2013 school year observations. Since I wasn’t sure which class the observation would take place, I planned lessons for an entire day. I am including materials from my fourth grade language arts lesson “Alliteration and Rhyme” and my fifth grade language arts lesson “Onomatopoeia and Alliteration.” You will notice that both lessons have many of the same activities. I often planned for unannounced observations this way, as it was so much less time consuming. Also, these lessons are based on the Tennessee Student Performance Indicators (SPIs). Since the PowerPoint presentations are not locked, you can easily change the pages to your state standards or to the Common Core Standards. Continue Reading

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