I have been teaching for 20 years. I taught 1st grade for 4 years, a 1/2 combo for 1 year, and 2nd grade for the last 15 years.
I think that a good teacher must maintain a balance. A good teacher provides a lot of daily skill and drill spiral review type activities balanced with real life, hands on, creative activities that challenge students to use their minds. A good teacher must plan great activities and lessons that are tailored to the needs of his/her students. More than anything, a good teacher must see the best in all his/her students and work hard to bring out those qualities!
The awards come daily as the "light" comes on in my students' brains! I love to create my own supplemental curriculum and see how much it helps my students.
I have a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. I am credentialed by the state of California.
I am married and have three beautiful children who probably wish their mom didn't spend so much time creating new curriculum!
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Graphing, Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Government, Physical Education, Health, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Literature, Economics , Word Problems, Study Skills, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Short Stories, Reading Strategies