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Nancy J. Kolodziej, Ed.D.
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Nancy Kolodziej taught grades K-8 for 12 years in California and Pennsylvania and holds a doctoral degree in elementary education from Lehigh University.
Nancy has been a member of the International Reading Association (IRA) since 1988 and is a member of its special interest group Professors of Reading Teacher Educators. Recent publications include her book, Learning Station Models for Middle Grades and articles in The Reading Professor and The Middle School Journal. Nancy serves as a member of The Reading Teacher's review board and has presented at numerous literacy conferences.
While teaching at the University of Scranton in 2004, she was named Teacher of the Year by the local Kappa Delta Pi chapter. In 2008, she was honored with Tennessee Reading Association's Distinguished Professor award. Currently, she is a faculty member at Tennessee Technological University where she teaches literacy and elementary methods courses.
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Grades 4 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Student pairs aim to be the first team to call out "bingo" in this lesson in which they use skimming and scanning to locate information about ancient Greece and Rome.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Unit
Lights, camera, action, and a bit of mystery! In this lesson, students use mystery props in a skit bag to create and perform in short, impromptu skits.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students will learn to skim and scan to make sure they don’t flounder when they’re surfing the Internet for facts to help them complete riddles about the United States.