Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Meet Andrea from Right Down the Middle

Wow! Where do I begin? You have already met five of our outstanding contributors. I hope you are as excited about this new blog as I am!


My name is Andrea M. Bentley, and I was born and raised in a small, rural community in southwest Georgia. Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to become an educator. I think I even began developing lesson plans when I was probably seven years old. I would "teach" my younger sister (who is also a teacher) in our classroom that our parents created for us. Having fantastic teachers throughout my schooling also helped seal the deal for my degree aspirations.

I am a wife, mother, teacher, dreamer, and author. I am an avid distance runner, and I enjoy the release it gives me when I am on a long run. Outside of teaching school, I also teach dance lessons for a local dance company. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling to new places, and watching the University of Georgia Bulldogs play on Saturdays. (Now I am not sure what I will do on Saturdays until September rolls back around and games begin again!)

I have been teaching for 11 years. The grade levels and content courses are many. I have taught 6th grade-11th grade English Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, and Advanced Content courses. I have my Bachelor degree, Master's degree, and Education Specialist degree. I am certified to teach 4th grade-12th grade, and I also have my Gifted certification. I have been teaching at a PreK-8th school for six years now, so each year my schedule has the possibility to change contents and/or grade levels. We move and rotate where we are needed because it is such a wonderful school with a very supportive administration. This year I am teaching ELA, Social Studies, and Georgia History. I have six classes that rotate through my classroom each day.

In my 11 years being an educator, I have always created my own lesson plans, assessments, activities, and centers. I must say, one day last year, I ran completely out of steam. I began searching the internet for ideas to use with a novel I was about to teach my students. I didn't find anything to use with the novel, but what I did stumble upon was one of the best websites I had ever seen...you guessed it...Teachers Pay Teachers. I browsed the site and immediately registered for an account. I uploaded a small lesson that I created for my students. A few months passed, and then I began to upload new products. It has been an awesome journey! But, I will have to tell you, my favorite part of Teachers Pay Teachers is the collaboration teachers are able to have. It has definitely been the best professional development I have personally ever had!

Fast forward to now...I am now getting to collaborate with 13 other top-notch teachers and bloggers! I am beyond excited! I hope you will continue to visit each day to learn more about the remaining collaborators. You are in for a treat!

For the first freebie I am giving, click HERE. It is titled "Haiku Poems: Honing Our Haiku Skills." My students love it, even those who do not enjoy poetry as much as I like it.

Also, for today only, my Teachers Pay Teachers Store is having a 10% sale on all items. Follow my store to receive updates on new products and resources.

My blog Right Down the Middle is a newer adventure I have set out to explore. Please follow my blog for ideas to use in your classroom and freebies.

Click HERE to follow me on Pinterest!

BONUS: For anyone who comments on this posts and pins the blog post to pintrest gets a chance to win the Martin Luther King, Jr. {Literacy Mini-Unit} from my TpT store. At 10:30 PM, I will put all who comments and pinned into a bowl and draw a name. Please leave your email address in the comment so that I can send it to the winner. I will name the winner in the comments. Good Luck!

I hope everyone has a Terrific Tuesday!

Andrea


20 comments:

  1. Nice to meet you Andrea! We sure have a great "Upper Elementary" diversity of experiences! :)

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  2. Great introduction Andrea! I totally agree that the best part of TpT is collaborating. I too have learned so much since I joined the site! I'm looking forward to 'working' with you:)

    Jen

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to working with you, too!

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  3. I loved reading your post! Our favorite part of TpT is the supportive group atmosphere, too. It really is a special place! We are excited to get to collaborate with you on this blog!

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    1. It is so supportive. I am glad I am connected to TpT and this wonderful collaborative group!

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  4. How cool that you teach dance lessons!! Hubby and I met while country line dancing. I'd like to take some ballroom dance lessons, but he's not too thrilled.

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    1. I think you two totally should take ballroom dance! He would probably like it once he tried it. :)

      Andrea

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  5. Howdy Friend! It sure is nice to learn even more about from the Teacher-Author Spotlight post a while back. Such a blessing to have you along. :)

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    1. Hi and thank you! I am excited to tag along! :)

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  6. Wow, wide range of experiences! That's great that you got it all in before landing in a school you love with great administrators. Also, thank you for the Haiku freebie; I LOVE teaching poetry!

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    1. Yes, I am so thankful that I teach where I do. It makes my job fun and rewarding.

      Andrea

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  7. Love the name of your blog! So cute.

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    1. Thank you! Confession...when I started my blog, most of the names I wanted were already taken or there was a version of it. So I just thought, I'll go "Right Down the Middle." :)

      Andrea

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  8. And the winner is...Amy! My husband drew your name out of the bowl. I will send you the Martin Luther King, Jr., Mini-Unit today!

    Andrea

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  9. What a great introduction! I love that you said you're a dreamer. I can definitely relate. :)

    Thanks so much for the haiku freebie. I am a poetry fanatic, so I will put it to good use!

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    1. Thank you! I hope your students enjoy it!

      Andrea

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  10. Wow--you've taught such a range of grades and subjects! I'm sure that really helps give you a great perspective on the "big picture" for your students and help get them where they need to be. Great post!

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    1. I have enjoyed all of the levels and contents I have taught, but I definitely feel my fit is with those that are beginning to discover their character.

      Andrea

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  11. Andrea, I live in Georgia, too! But northern Georgia. Small world!

    Jennifer
    Teaching to Inspire in 5th

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