Three years in 4th grade and 20 in 2nd have brought me to where I am today. I have experienced and learned dozens of different kinds of strategies for learning and teaching in those years. And they have all overlapped and come down to the same thing. Children need to have a way to experience learning that is meaningful to them so they can be successful and continue progressing.
With the whole class, I really enjoy, and receive the best responses from the students, when I teach in my "coaching" voice to get them excited and animated and listening. With small groups at the table, there is a lot of humor and personal interaction where I make the best connections. I want them to succeed and believe that learning is actually a good thing. Using group activities for one concept and presenting them to the class gets them motivated as well.
My classes have received the Accelerated Reading Model Classroom award three times.
I have earned a B.A. in Archaeology, and a B.A. in Elementary Education.
There is much I can add to my teaching from my travels to many places. They include living 8 months in the Philippines, 2 months in Congo (Zaire then), 2 months in Queens, New York, 2 months in Arizona teaching Native American children, and visits to Canada, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, and Hong Kong.