I am currently in my 5th year of teaching and feel that I have quite a variety of experience for just 5 years! I've taught 3rd grade math and reading, 4th grade math, and 5th grade gifted (all subjects). In the past, I have had inclusion classes and worked with students with autism, learning disabilities, and a deaf student. This year I am teaching a self-contained gifted 5th grade class. With the wide variety of students I have had in my classroom, I feel I have become very good at differentiating instruction and materials for my students.
I use a lot of cooperative learning, group and partner work, so my classroom is usually very busy and a bit noisy! I try to differentiate as much as possible, so there is often more than 1 activity going on in my classroom at any given time. With gifted students, I am more of a "guide on the side". I plan activities where the students must research, problem-solve, and work together rather than simply hear me give them information.
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I completed my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at Bowling Green State University, where I also completed my 4th/5th grade endorsement. I earned my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Gifted Education online through the University of Cincinnati.
My hobbies include reading, cooking, and traveling (when I have the time!) I have studied abroad twice in Japan, and my husband and I have traveled across the country, including visiting over 25 states and 30 national parks. My husband recently graduated from Case Western Reserve University Law School and is currently working in downtown Cleveland doing legal work. We plan on moving soon and starting a family.