I've earned most of my teaching experience through babysitting and child care. I was a babysitter for over ten years and have looked after children of various ages, closely engaged with parents concerning children's schedules, learning, and well-being, and encountered different learning types and ways of seeing the world. I earned my masters in teaching through Sarah Lawrence College and a MFA through Southern New Hampshire University. While working on the two degrees, I discovered my love for writing fun lesson plans, especially for the children I tutored. I love to show off how fun and real learning can be, and remove limits that are often placed on learning in schools.
Whenever I can, I incorporate games into my lessons. I found that children (and most adults!) can genuinely learn concepts through playing games. They're fun, engaging, and help the learner to remember the lesson longer than straight-forward lessons.
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While attending Sarah Lawrence, I worked in the on-campus preschool and K/1st grade classrooms as a student helper, assisting the head and assistant teacher with lessons, lesson planning, monitoring and interacting with children, and documenting the day. I then student taught in Mamaroneck, NY and Manhattan in a 1st grade classroom, then a 3rd/4th grade room. I mainly worked alongside the teachers and helped with the day-to-day work load and lesson planning, but I had the unique opportunity to grow very close to the students. They trusted me to hear their fears, see their insecurities, and support them through difficult times. I learned to incorporate social-emotional awareness into my daily interactions with them and the lesson plans I wrote and taught.
Many of my lessons I developed with children I cared for or tutored. I give them the credit for my work, and I'm so thankful for their insight and amazing ideas!