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Monday, May 12

  1. page Professional Dispositions edited ... Working with colleagues to implement a Science Discovery Circus on magnets. Students were enga…
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    Working with colleagues to implement a Science Discovery Circus on magnets. Students were engaged by the iron filings moving on the paper, caused by the magnets underneath the paper.
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    the team. Reading Reading lesson plan_Two Bobbies.pdf {Reading lesson plan_Two Bobbies.pdf}
    The school community also includes parents of the students with whom you interact. During student teaching, I was able to communicate with parents through notes and conferences. It was very important to not only keep parents aware of areas of concern for the students, but also to tell parents when their children excel or do something positive. I kept this in mind when communicating with parents. In my future classroom, I plan to have a class website and a monthly newsletter to keep in contact with parents.
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    the link. rwta rwta lesson plan.pdf {rwta lesson plan.pdf}
    Professional Development and Leadership – Ongoing professional development is necessary for improved teacher effectiveness. During my student teaching, I was able to attend a professional development seminar on conducting Writing workshop. As a novice teacher, this seminar helped me to become more comfortable with conducting Writing Workshop efficiently and successfully. I have also been able to engage in professional development through my memberships in the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Through these organizations, I have been able to keep up on the latest news, research, and instructional strategies in Science education.
    LeadershipDuring my career, I have had many opportunities to act as a leader. For example, I was appointed to the position of Upper Grades Science Lead Teacher at Hybla Valley Elementary for the 2011-2012 school year. During this time, I had the opportunity to affect the Science instruction happening throughout the upper grades by working with students and teachers. I was able to coordinate and teach in an after-school Science Club to help students improve their science skills and increase their background knowledge. I was also able to work with teachers to improve their Science knowledge, and help them develop strategies to tackle their students' misconceptions while teaching. In middle school, I have become a member of the Vanguard team, which helps teachers build their knowledge of educational technology, and use it in the classroom.
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    Elementary Classroom) resource resource notebook_gifted.pdf {resource notebook_gifted.pdf}
    During my teaching experiences, I created many good and valuable relationships with the faculty and staff at my schools. It was very important to develop and maintain a friendly atmosphere, as this can effect student learning and attitudes. Also, a collegial atmosphere lends itself to collaboration and leadership. Maintaining this atmosphere allowed me to have a positive effect on the others in the building. Through all of this, however, I made sure that I demonstrated good judgment and displayed ethical behaviors. Conducting myself as a professional was also important to me, and I was able to demonstrate this in many ways, such as dressing appropriately, and treating others with respect.
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Saturday, May 3

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Sunday, December 23

  1. page Teaching Skills edited ... Science - 8th grade: In 8th grade, students are introduced to the Periodic Table. This can be…
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    In 8th grade, students are introduced to the Periodic Table. This can be a difficult concept for students to grasp because it is so abstract, and involves a lot of vocabulary and math. It is therefore necessary the students to have as much processing time as possible, while keeping lessons fun and interesting. To do this, I created a game called "Periodic Puzzler," which is similar to "Candyland." In this game, students play in groups of 2-4. Each group gets a deck of cards with questions that I created. Students ask each other these questions, and correct answers allow them to move further along the board. Because I used a game, students were motivated and excited to practice and improve their skills through these questions. Most questions were at the Applying and Analyzing levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.
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    "Periodic Puzzler." © 2012, Krystal Rodney
    Third Grade Science: Along with two student teachers, I taught a lesson on food chains in my 3rd grade student teaching class. The following artifact is a video clip, showing me helping students to use their knowledge of food chains to analyze a food web. Students were able to think about the difference between food chains and food webs, and how important one animal is to the survival of others.
    Language Arts: While completing writing conferences with my class, I noticed that many of the students had repetitive sentences in their writing. I used this knowledge as an opportunity to do a fun lesson on removing repetitive sentences from writing. On “Backwards Day” at my school. I wrote a paragraph entitled “My Backwards Fish.” During the writing mini-lesson, I asked the students to help me revise and edit my paragraph to remove the repetitive sentences, and come up with different words to use. The paragraph is available below, and shows the revisions that we made as a class.
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  2. page Krystal Rodney edited ... After graduating from William & Mary, I taught 5th grade at Hybla Valley Elementary School…
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    After graduating from William & Mary, I taught 5th grade at Hybla Valley Elementary School in Alexandria, VA, where approximately 850 PK-6th graders are educated every day. In these schools, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with students that have diverse learning styles and backgrounds, and I have enjoyed every moment. Currently, I am an 8th grade Physical Science teacher at Poe Middle School in Annandale, VA. I knew that I wanted to be a teacher since the 5th grade, and am very excited to continue my career. Regardless of where and what level I teach, I am very excited to know that I can make a difference in any child's life, despite their circumstances. My desire is to help my students exceed the standards that have been set for them.
    This portfolio serves as a way for me to demonstrate my skills, abilities, and growth as a teacher. Please feel free to explore the portfolio by clicking on the links located on the left side of the page. I can be contacted at karodney@gmail.com ,if you have any questions. Thank you for visiting!
    © 2012, Krystal Rodney
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Tuesday, December 18

  1. page Assessment and Evaluation edited {DSC01425.jpg} {DSC01425.jpg} A picture Assessment is an integral part of teaching. It is ab…

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    Assessment is an integral part of teaching. It is absolutely essential that teachers are aware of what students have learned, so that they can make informed decisions on what and how to teach. In order to make proper inferences about student learning, assessment must be valid and reliable. A valid assessment is one from which appropriate inferences about student learning can be made. Reliability is also necessary in a good assessment. A reliable assessment is one that provides consistent and dependable results. Assessments demonstrating these two qualities will most likely guide instruction in the right direction, and will connect most closely with the curricula being presented in the classroom. Also, teachers must use assessments as a teaching tool. It is important that students, as well as teachers, are aware of the nature and degree of their learning, so that they can improve their learning. As a teacher, I would implement assessments that accomplish these goals.
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    the document. Krystal Krystal Rodney_Water Cycle Assessment.pdf
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    The following document is an example of a formative assessment given during a 3rd grade unit on simple machines. Students were given this assignment to complete as morning work, and the results were used to help me see if the students could identify examples of simple machines through analysis. The assignment included pictures of simple machines to which students were not exposed in class, and students were asked to determine the type of simple machine that each picture represented. This information was used to decide whether students needed to review the information more, or if they could engage in a simple machine scavenger hunt (which required even more higher level skills). We reviewed this activity as a class. Students were allowed to ask questions about the questions that they answered incorrectly, and other students were allowed to help each other by providing their explanations for their answers. This helped to further improve students' understanding of simple machines (Competencies 16 and 17).
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    following link. Planet Planet game pre-assessment.pdf {Planet game pre-assessment.pdf}
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    lesson plan. Elapsed Elapsed Time lesson plan.pdf {Elapsed Time lesson plan.pdf}
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  2. page Planning for Teaching edited ... {IMG_0035.JPG} Fifth grade students use technology to complete a math activity involving area …
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    {IMG_0035.JPG} Fifth grade students use technology to complete a math activity involving area and perimeter.
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    Science: This lesson plan on eclipses was created for a 6th grade Science class. In this lesson, aligned with Virginia Standard of Learning 6.8e (the movement of planets and other object in Space), students explore how solar and lunar eclipses happen, why they are not seen every month, and what they look like. While Space is an engaging and interesting topic for students, this unit includes concepts that may be difficult for students to grasp. It is very difficult to make some of the concepts concrete for students, because students cannot actually see what it happening in Space. For example, it is difficult for students to understand why more people see lunar eclipses than solar eclipses without a visual representation. As I planned this lesson, I had to keep this in mind. This is where I found technology to be especially useful. I incorporated many video clips of solar and lunar eclipses, so that students could visualize these events. The video clips also piqued the interests of the students. Please click on the following link to view this document. eclipses lesson plan.pdf {eclipses lesson plan.pdf}
    Math: Below is a link for an outline of a mini-unit on time. When planning this unit, I started by mapping out how many days I wanted to spend on the unit, and my objectives for each day. After doing this, I was able to brainstorm activities for each day to match my objectives. During this process, I began to rearrange the order of the unit as I saw fit. This was the final outline that I created. In the end, I had to add a day to the unit, because my students had difficulty understanding the concept of elapsed time. Although the unit did not go exactly the way I expected, it was important that I at least had an idea of how I wanted to teach the unit.
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    Science: This lesson plan on eclipses was created for a 6th grade Science class. In this lesson, aligned with Virginia Standard of Learning 6.8e (the movement of planets and other object in Space), students explore how solar and lunar eclipses happen, why they are not seen every month, and what they look like. While Space is an engaging and interesting topic for students, this unit includes concepts that may be difficult for students to grasp. It is very difficult to make some of the concepts concrete for students, because students cannot actually see what it happening in Space. For example, it is difficult for students to understand why more people see lunar eclipses than solar eclipses without a visual representation. As I planned this lesson, I had to keep this in mind. This is where I found technology to be especially useful. I incorporated many video clips of solar and lunar eclipses, so that students could visualize these events. The video clips also piqued the interests of the students. Please click on the following link to view this document. eclipses lesson plan.pdf {eclipses lesson plan.pdf}
    Math: Below is a link for an outline of a mini-unit on time. When planning this unit, I started by mapping out how many days I wanted to spend on the unit, and my objectives for each day. After doing this, I was able to brainstorm activities for each day to match my objectives. During this process, I began to rearrange the order of the unit as I saw fit. This was the final outline that I created. In the end, I had to add a day to the unit, because my students had difficulty understanding the concept of elapsed time. Although the unit did not go exactly the way I expected, it was important that I at least had an idea of how I wanted to teach the unit.
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Monday, December 17

  1. page Resume edited Please follow click on the following link below to review view my resume. resume: {KR…
    Please followclick on the following link below to reviewview my resume.resume:
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  2. page Planning for Teaching edited The necessity for lesson planning is clear. An effective teacher must be able to plan coherent less…
    The necessity for lesson planning is clear. An effective teacher must be able to plan coherent lessons that are aligned with standards, fulfill daily objectives, include engaging activities that tap into students' curiosities, allow for assessment and differentiation, and make sure that they have enough time to do all of that. It is definitely an important skill for an effective teacher to master.
    {IMG_0035.JPG} Fifth grade students use technology to complete a math activity involving area and perimeter.
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    Science: During my career, I have found that it is essential to include extension activities in my long and short term plans. The following activities were created for a 5th grade class, and were completed as part of a Discovery circus at the end of a unit on Weather. Each station reviewed and extended knowledge that students gained during the unit by providing new information and experiences. At the "Mix & Match" station, students sorted information and pictures relating to 3 types of severe weather: thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Some of the information was new for the students, but they were able to figure it out based on what they already knew. At the "Cloud Drawing" station, students used chalk to draw pictures of the 4 basic cloud types, and gave information about them. Please click on the following links to view these activities. {Severe weather mix n match.pdf} {cloud drawings.pdf}
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