I have been teaching elementary school for 9 years, and taught 3-5 year-olds for 10 years before that. I have been researching and writing for 4 years to teach standards-based content in a way that I feel is very successful. I started writing the materials myself, due to a lack of materials in social studies with the right readability level. I have always loved to write, and now I've found a very useful outlet!
I incorporate reading, writing and math into every subject area. I use differentiated text for different reading levels (some of which I've written), we use it for note-taking and close reading, and we apply what we learn in writing. I create word problems based on the skills I'm teaching, related to the topic we're learning about. This enables me to teach the skills many more times than if taught in isolation only during subject blocks of time. I missed the 2nd day of the Stanford 10 testing this year due to a sick daughter, and when I came back the next day and asked my students how things went, they said, "Ms. Sundermann, there wasn't anything on there that you haven't taught us, like a hundred times!" More importantly for me, is that the students are truly understanding the people, places, and times that we study, and they're going home and having enlightened conversations with their families about it! Enough said!
Yavapai County Education's Teacher of the Year nominee 2011-2012.
B.S. in Community Nutrition from Ohio University, Athens, OH M.A. in Human Development, spec. Early Childhood Education, from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA AZ Teaching Certificate (K-8) FL Teaching Certificate (K-6) AZ Master Teacher Certification
I started writing these books, because I love to write and because I needed the materials for my students. I found the current standards-based information either too shallow or too high in readability for young children. My books are written in 4 levels: LOOK series - 1st-2nd grade lexile) WOW series - 2nd-3rd grade lexile) DISCOVER series - 3rd-4th grade lexile EXPLORE MORE series - 4th-5th grade lexile My products also include quick-write, inductive math, math word problems, and short informational text with questions to assess.
English Language Arts, Writing-Expository, Reading, Specialty, Math, Science, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Native Americans, U.S. History, World History, Music, Health, ELA Test Prep, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Asian Studies, Reading Strategies, Informational Text