Welcome to Astute Hoot! In 2010, Jennifer, a special education teacher, and Jessica, a second grade teacher, began co-teaching a reading intervention block. We were exasperated by the extreme budget cuts, which had left our students with limited resources and services to meet their needs. We were frustrated to see a system failing students as the cuts were leading to a one-size-fits-all education. We knew we had to change the status quo because our students deserved better! This inspired us to form Astute Hoot: Tools for the Wise Teacher. We joined forces with, Tina, the designer of all things Astute Hoot, and Jennifer’s sister, to create a unique cast of reading and math strategy animals and accompanying books, hands-on tools, lessons, and graphic organizers. As our engaging animals helped bring the strategies to life, our most reluctant students blossomed into motivated, enthusiastic learners; they begged to meet new animals and asked for extra graphic organizers for home. Our students made the greatest reading gains in the entire school district! We knew we had something special and ultimately, we wanted to share these resources and teaching tools with other teachers so their students could experience the same results. Helping other teachers and students is our passion and we are excited to contribute to your classroom success!
Astute Hoot provides teachers with innovative tools and solutions to rise above classroom challenges and ensure academic achievement for all learners. As seasoned teachers, we understand the importance of having effective, efficient, and engaging resources. Helping other teachers is our passion and we are excited to contribute to your classroom success. We specialize in literacy, intervention, special education and classroom management.
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Jennifer Zoglman is a certified teacher in the areas of elementary and special education with a M.S. in Educational Leadership and B.A. in Special Education. As a special educator since 1998, she has worked extensively with children with various learning abilities. Jessica Murphy is an experienced primary grade teacher with a M.A. in Educational Leadership. Through her extensive experience with differentiation and data-driven instruction, she created a collaborative reading intervention model and manual. Tina Rataj-Berard graduated from Edgewood College in Madison WI with a double major in Studio Art and Graphic Design. She has been working professionally as a Designer since 2003 and currently works full time as an Art Director for an Out of Home Media Company.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Graphing, Measurement, Science, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Music, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Math Test Prep, Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Problem Solving, Cooking, Short Stories, Writing, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Winter, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Early Intervention, End of Year, Phonics