I am a retired teacher of 30 years. I love to keep my hand in the teaching field by substituting and making games and other items needed by my teacher friends. I've taught in all grades at the elementary level, but kindergarten has my heart! My daughter is a new teacher in second grade, so I'm spending a lot of my time making items for her classroom. I've always loved making the things I needed for my classroom instead of buying them until I came upon TPT. TPT is changing the way teachers teach.
I still believe in children need to be children. I think sometimes we push children too hard and too soon. Students need to have fun while learning! I've always loved using music in my classroom no matter of the grade level. As I began my teaching career in fifth grade, centers were unheard of. That did not stop me from making my own games and other activities for students to use in a center setting. Students did not have time to be "bored," as parents love to tell the teacher. I guess this was the beginning stages of differentiation. I used centers in every grade I taught, making most of my own until the last few years. I still used whole group and small group lessons. Not every lesson lends itself to centers. A balance of teaching styles need to be used each day.
Teacher of the Year Published in Frank Schaffer and the Mailbox magazines many years ago.
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Ed and Middle School.
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