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Lara Hebert, EdM
|Name||Lara Hebert, EdM|
|Role||Professional Development Specialist|
I love ReadWriteThink as well as the other Thinkfinity sites because they provide sound lessons, ideas, and discussions which meld practice with research and theory. Writing for ReadWriteThink has been a great professional development process for me as I've worked on backing lessons with research and editing lessons based on feedback from others.
Between 1991 and 2005, Lara taught 6th grade at Urbana Middle School, in Urbana, Illinois, save for one year when she taught 5th grade at Leal Elementary, also in Urbana. A versatile teacher, Lara has taught all subjects, but her strengths are math, science, and language arts instruction.
While teaching in Urbana, she served on a number of district curriculum and assessment committees. Lara is a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's and doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently working as a professional development specialist at the National Council of Teachers of English.
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Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Students use a variety of reading and writing strategies as they read Rodman Philbrick’s Freak the Mighty.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students write new endings for the science fiction novel, Z for Zachariah by exploring alternative plotlines created by making different moral choices than those made by the main character.