Over 25 years of elementary teaching experience, in 3 different states. My favorite grades are 3rd, 5th, and 1st, and I love to integrate Social Studies and Science with Reading and Writing as much as possible. I have experience with Engage NY math, Saxon Math, and a lot of problem solving, Math their Way activities. I've taught gen. ed. classrooms covering all subjects, and also departmentalized and taught Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. Depending on the state, I've used standards-based learning, Common Core, Saxon phonics, Words their Way, project-based learning, and ESL/ELL.
I use integrated learning wherever I can, to tie everything together and make learning meaningful. Each student is different, so I basically try to find out where each student is, and use whatever they need, however they learn, to move them higher on the ladder of their learning. I believe in making learning fun, having students set learning goals and a plan to reach them... I use a lot of metacognition in my classroom. I like to work with small groups, and was forever looking for and making learning activities for pairs to work on with accountability for their learning. I also use music whenever I can...
I have a file called "Why I continue to do this" that I started the 3rd year of teaching, and it is full of 'Thank you Ms. Carlund', 'You are my best teacher ever', 'I love you', and 'Thank you for making a difference in my child's life' letters from students and parents. Those are my only 'awards and honors'. :)
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ and hundreds of hours of district classes a 3 year GLYPH, U.S. History&teaching pedagogy class.
I am the lucky mom of two amazing daughters who just graduated college. After teaching for 23 years in Phoenix, AZ, I moved to the beautiful state of Colorado, where I continued teaching for a few years. I'm currently writing children's books, and going through my files to find activities to put on TPT. I currently live with my roommate, 3 dogs, and my cat... missing my daughters, but not missing those extra 40 degrees at all!