Shabana- 4 years teaching first grade. Laura- Kindergarten, Kindergarten ELL, First Grade, First Grade ELL
High yield strategies, interactive, hands on instruction in cooperative learning environments.
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Shabana (Fabulous Finds)- M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Ed. Endorsement in teaching English Language Learners. George Mason University Alumni Laura (Laura G)- Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication, Elementary Education, Endorsement in Art Education, Endorsement in teaching English Language Learners
Welcome to BloomsforKiddies! BloomsforKiddies is a partnership between two first grade teachers Laura (LauraG) and Shabana (Fabulous Finds). We hope BloomsforKiddies can support teachers in their efforts to create differentiated classrooms that use higher order thinking! The populations and educational practices of classrooms are changing in the United States. Teachers are now in a position where we have to meet the changing needs of our students as well as the growing demands of our profession. With this idea in mind, BloomsforKiddies was created by two colleagues who work in a TITLE I school in Virginia. The school has a high population of language learners and struggling to meet state standards in reading and math. Undergoing rigorous professional development in creating differentiated classrooms and incorporating Blooms Taxonomy, we implemented the strategies in our classrooms by using information journals (content journals, learning logs, whatever you may call them). These journals are used in the areas of math, science, and social studies. The purpose of the journals is to provide an outlet for students to demonstrate, apply, and evaluate their learning within their zone of proximal development by answering a Blooms Taxonomy question. Differentiation is not mean to be high stress, multiple activities as some teachers may believe. Our belief is that you can differentiate by questioning students and students can respond within their zone of understanding. There is much research and support of using journals in the classroom. These journals can be used as a valid means of assessment. The beauty of these journals is that they are appropriate for all learners (ELL, Special Education, etc) because if used on a regular basis, the journals will show progress over time. The journals are structured, concise, and have an objective and students are motivated to work on their journals because they know they are being assessed on what they know (summative or formative).
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Arts & Music, For All Subject Areas, General Science, Physical Science, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Winter, Place Value, Earth Day