Free Resources


1.) The General Pre-Assessment of Students (GPS) :  

Description: No need to create a new pre-assessment for every unit! You can use this tool all year long regardless of the topic or domain. The GPS works best with 3rd-12th grade students.

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2.) Depth and Complexity Model Icons Video:

Description: Sandra Kaplan's Depth and Complexity Model uses eleven icons to help students think like an expert in a given field of study. I have created a YouTube video for students, which explains each icon and how to use them to think more deeply.


3.) Depth and Complexity Mobile App:


Description: Click the link below to go to an application I created to help students and teachers better understand the Depth and Complexity Model icons and always have them readily available to refer to.  

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4.) SCAMPER Mobile App:

Description: Click the link below to go to an application I created to help students and teachers learn the elements of SCAMPER in order to encourage creative thinking. SCAMPER stands for substitute, combine, adapt, modify/magnify/minify, put to other uses, eliminate, rearrange.

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5.) New Book for Middle Grade Readers on Amazon- Dinosaurs, Diggers, and Thieves:       (Not free- $2.99)

Description: Click the link below to download my new book for middle grade readers. Here is a summary of the story-

Publication Date: August 10, 2014 | Age Level: 8 - 18 | Grade Level: 3 - 12

Dorian, a young teen from New York City, suddenly finds himself living in the middle of nowhere on a 15,000 acre ranch in Montana with his parents. Although nothing like the Big Apple, the small town of Saddle Creek holds more than he bargained for....the fossilized remains of a dinosaur near his new home, a diverse group of quirky neighbors, and a pair of thieves that will stop at nothing to steal the dinosaur at all costs. You never know what you'll discover when you give change a chance!

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6.) Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses Curriculum Unit for 9th grade:

Ruhl, J., Veatch, J., & McIntosh, J. (2013). Animal contributions to human health: Fat dogs and coughing horses high school curriculum, grade 9. Purdue University and National Institutes of Health.

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7.) Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses Curriculum Unit for Grades 1-3:

Menonno, A., Wackerly, A., & McIntosh, J. (2013). Vets, pets, and me! Fat dogs and coughing horses elementary curriculum grades 1-3. Purdue University and National Institutes of Health.

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8.) Individual Excellence Goals Form:

Description: Classroom teachers can use this form to help students identify an area of interest, develop an independent study plan, and create a year long goal. Students work on their projects when they "buy back" some of their time if they compact out of a subject or finish early.

Individual Excellence Goals .pdf 649.6KB Nov 26, 2014 7:28 AM


 9.) Why Differentiation for Students is Important Video:

Description: Differentiation for students in today's classrooms is critical. Watch the video below to find out why!

 10.) "Viewing Creativity as the Map and Not Just the Destination: A Framework for Using Wallace's Four Stages of Creativity to Develop Curriculum":

Description: In 1926, Wallace identified the four stages of creativity: 1) Preparation, 2) Incubation, 3) Illumination, and 4) Verification. This session will demonstrate how Wallace's ideas can be used as a framework to develop curriculum for gifted students that embodies creativity at its core instead of simply being an afterthought. A sample unit will be described and materials provided so that participants will have the tools necessary to infuse creative thinking into standards-based lessons designed with the Common Core in mind. The process begins with the teacher selecting the standards to address and pre-assessing the students for prior knowledge. Next, the teacher facilitates the grounding of students in the content and presents a messy problem that needs to be solved creatively. The students then PREPARE for the development of a creative solution by practicing several creative thinking techniques the teacher introduces. INCUBATION occurs by providing students with time to brainstorm ideas and conduct research. ILLUMINATION inevitably takes place as students sketch out tentative plans and settle on a final solution. VERIFICATION through self-reflection and peer feedback solidifies the process and provides additional opportunities for research and field testing.

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 11.) Printable Poster for Classroom Wall:

Description: I created this poster and referred to it often in my classroom in order to establish the fact that differentiation would be the norm in my classroom. The poster reads, "Fair is not everyone getting the same thing...Fair is everyone getting what they need to be successful!"

Fair is....ppt 1.3MB Nov 26, 2014 7:47 AM


12.) Emergency Survival Kit / Dystopian Literature Graphic Organizer:

Description: As a huge fan of dystopian literature, I designed a graphic organizer teachers can use to help students compare the world we live in today with whatever dystopian world the students are reading about. The idea is to help students think through the causes leading to the dystopian world's situation and determine how we might keep our society from making the same mistakes.

Emergency Survival Kit PDF 311.1KB Mar 25, 2015 10:51 AM

13.) Principles of Differentiation Video:

Description: Watch this video to learn the recipe for differentiated instruction: 2 C's, 2 F's, & 2 P's!

14.)  "My Thought Experiment" Graphic Organizer:

Description: How to guide your students in conducting a Da Vinci like thought experiment.

My thought experiment.pdf 58.6KB Nov 13, 2015 10:14 AM


15.)  Lessons from a True Renaissance Man: Using da Vinci's Thought Experiments in the Classroom:

Description-  How to help your students begin to think and act like da Vinci.


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 16.) Handouts for "Critical and Creative Thinking" PD

Download Here 7.1MB Feb 09, 2016 4:32 PM