This is my 8th year of teaching first grade. In that time, I have worked with 90% ESL students. I have worked five years on a District Curriculum Mapping team. On this team I build the science, math, and ELA curriculum for grades K-5. I developed learning activities, assessments, and found resources for teachers to use in their instruction. I have been trained in SIOP method of instruction and RTI. This past year I served on our district ELA curriculum task force. On this team we discussed how we can close the gaps in our ELA program. I completed my Reading and Literacy master's degree at Marygrove University in August of 2012.
I believe in reaching all learners. When doing a lesson I try to reach each learning style. With my ESL students it is highly important to have visual and hands-on experiences. I really believe in choice theory. I work hard on talking all my students through their good and bad choices. I feel that it is important to instill responsibility at an early age in order to make the students better citizens in the future.
I had the honor of presenting at the Michigan School Improvement Conference in 2012. I presented with some of my other colleagues on how our school closed the gap from 26% to 72% top to bottom.
Madonna University Livonia, MI 1999-2004 *Minor: K-5 All Subjects *Major: Family Consumer Science (aka Home Economics) Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, MI 2009 *Some Masters work completed Marygrove College Detroit, MI 2011-2012 Completed my Masters in Reading and Literacy
Check out my blog at http://firstgradefancy.blogspot.com/