I taught 22 years in the primary grades in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (mostly first grade). Early in my career I got my MEd with a reading specialist K-12 certification. I always taught self-contained heterogeneous classes, but really used my reading training with all of my wonderful emergent readers! For a number of years I have tutored children K-12 in all subject areas, but literacy remains my true passion. For the past few years I have been tutoring a young lady from Poland and have developed my own curriculum based on her literacy needs. I have learned so much about the English lanbguage that I intuitively knew, but hadn't thought about...I have developed comprehension discussion questions and vocabulary work for a number of popular novels based on her interests, including "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" trilogy. I currently am busy as an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University. I teach in the literacy dept. (usually K-4 Literacy Methods) and supervise student teachers in K-8 classrooms throughout the Chicago suburbs. I never grow tired of visiting classrooms!
I am big on strategy devewlopment in all subject areas... I think it's important to use authentic assessment to pinpoint what students know and how they process information, and then carefuolly scaffold their learning , build on their successes, and help them become independent thinkers using learning "tools" effectively.
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I have a BA in Elementary Education with a double major of Elementary Education and Music from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and a Master's in Education from National Louis. University I have K-8 elementary certification and reading specialist certification K-12. I also have approximately 30 hours of graduate work taken after working on my master's degree in all kinds of subject areas including Writer's Workshop,Math their Way, Cooperative Learning, and Math/Science Integration.
I have three (almost!) grown children-one son still in college. I love animals-I have 2 parakeets and (an adopted) red-earred slider turtle. I just recently lost my 16 yearold very special schnauzer, Fritzie, but have been comforted by my "granddog" Tucker! I enjoy crafts, particularly kniting and crocheting, and always have a number of projects going simultaneously. I am trul yenjoying adapting and creating new materials for teachers as I get to know the TpT community.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Biology, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, EFL - ESL - ELD, Education, Other (ELA), Literature, Professional Development, Word Problems, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, Summer, Informational Text, Handwriting, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading