I have taught first grade for 5 years and I love it! Each year, I chose a new area within my classroom to FOCUS on improving. Each year, it becomes easier to be an outstanding teacher for my wonderful students.
I believe that hands on, making mistakes, succeeding & struggling, having fun, being a family, having a home away from home, CENTERS, breaks, and bribery (b/c we all know it takes a little extrinsic motivation to begin intrinsic motivation for most first graders) all contribute to an effective classroom environment that inspires engagement from all students which gives rise to learning.
Yet to be added
I have my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education K-8 & I am certified in Reading, Language Arts, Science, & Social Studies up to 12th grade. I recently received my Masters of Education in Gifted & Talented Education.
I have an 8 year old son that is the center of my universe! I do not have many TPT items because he is my number one! I can balance family and work pretty well, but I have not figured out how to add being a seller on TPT too. I admire teachers that are able to balance family, work, and TPT. I don't understand how they have time not only to create these AMAZING products for their classroom while teaching, but they have time to actually post them on teacherspayteachers.com AND blog about it.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Geography, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Reading Strategies, For All Subjects, Informational Text