We are two teachers with over thirty years of combined teaching including teaching multiple groups and grades of students. We teach in an inclusive model, meaning students with varying needs are included in our "regular" classroom. We have spent the majority of these year teaching combined grade levels or working with multiple groups of children. Our classroom regularly uses the principles of Balanced Literacy and Writer's Workshop.
We focus on providing students critical and creative thinking lessons and encourage students to express their learning in a variety of ways. Project based learning happens regularly in our classroom along with whole group, small group and individual instruction so that all the needs of our students are met-regardless of their learning needs. We regularly take on student teachers as we believe passing along what we've learned is important.
Our classroom has been a demonstration classroom where teachers from all over the US, Canada, UK and South America have visited to learn about our inclusive teaching model. We have regularly presented at universities and professional development sessions to in-service teachers regarding technology, teaching strategies and project based learning assessment models. Our students and their parents regularly contact us years after they've left our classroom to let us know how they're doing.
University Training: combined we have 12 years of university education including B.A., B.Ed and M.Ed. Other training includes Orff Music Specialist Level 2 training. We are Google Certified Level 2 Educators and have training in reading and writing intervention.
We spend the majority of our time teaching and preparing to teach, but when we take a break we enjoy nature, photography and spending time with family and friends. Our ninjas on our logo are from NinjaWoman Clip Art Studio. Be sure to visit her store for great clip art!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Native Americans, World Language, French, Arts & Music, Art History, Visual Arts, Graphic Arts, Other (Arts), Music, Instrumental Music, Other (Music), Computer Science - Technology, Special Education, Drama, EFL - ESL - ELD, Career and Technical Education, Health, Canadian History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Statistics, Economics , Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Library Skills, Problem Solving, Forensics, Writing, en Français, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Decimals, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, End of Year, Engineering, Women's History Month, Classroom Community