I've been teaching for the past 9 years. I've primarily taught both 2nd and 3rd grades, and even did one year as a 1st-7th grade auxillary teacher. I also have led many inservices on differentiation, and using data to drive individualized instruction at the district level.
I like to think of myself as a non-traditional teacher. If you walk into my room, you'll most likely see my students working in partnerships. They may be sitting at desks, but more than likely they're sitting on the floor or spread out on crate chairs. You'll definitely see them discussing what skill or strategy they're working on, because I only let them use one paper. I call this "Two people, one brain". I decided I wanted to teach like this because it's the way the real world works. As teachers, we're rarely asked to do anything alone. We meet with our grade-level teachers, with cross-grade-level teachers, and even with colleagues from other schools. The same can be said for most careers. For example, the marketing, advertising, medical, and technology fields all critically depend on collaboration, so why not start teaching them this team work early?
Golden Apple Nominee
M.A. in Elementary Education, B.S. in Psychology
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