I'm in my 34th year of teaching and I LOVE my job! I am an Academic Achievement Specialist for my district, assisting teachers with implementation of Common Core Math. I've mostly taught fourth grade but over the course of my career, I've also taught fifth and sixth grades, first grade, middle school math, at-risk high schoolers, journalism and computers. I love creating teaching materials and have shared with other teachers for the past 13 years through my classroom website. Peek at my website, Mrs. Renz' Fourth Grade Class, to see my work. www.mrsrenz.net
I am a projects-based kind of teacher and connect standards to students' lives so they gain deeper understanding and enjoy learning. I LOVE teaching math and my goal is to integrate technology as much as possible. Using technology helps me differentiate for my students and meet the standards at the same time. In the classroom, I use my SMART board all day long and strive to connect each lesson with everyday life. I teach all students as if they are talented and gifted and challenge them to think critically. I LOVE my job!
* Disney Teacher Award Honoree, 2006 * Microsoft's First Worldwide Innovative Teacher. One of 12 teachers selected to represent the USA * Intel Innovative Teacher * JASON Project Teacher Argonaut, Panama Expedition. One of eight teachers selected internationally for Dr. Robert Ballard's expedition team. * Mount Vernon Teachers Institute Recipient * Mount Vernon Lesson Plan of the Year Recipient * OnPoint Credit Union Excellence in Education Award * Featured in book, One-On-One with America's Most Inspiring Teachers * Featured in book, Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times * Redmond Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year
* Master of Arts in Teaching, Lewis and Clark College. * Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education, Oregon State University. * Oregon Standard Elementary Teaching Certificate. * Mathematics Endorsement (through Algebra One) * Reading Endorsement
I've had a classroom website for 14 years and have have now begun a blog where I will be sharing hints, tips and teaching ideas. Come on in! :) Blog: http://mrsrenzclass.blogspot.com Website: www.mrsrenz.net
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Basic Principles, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Halloween, Valentine's Day, President's Day, Decimals, Easter, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Handwriting, Test Preparation, End of Year