Thirteen years of elementary teaching in Title ! schools and ten years of home schooling. I've taught some 200 children to read now, from some of the brightest around through the middle ranges to a few tough nuts to crack, including my own dyslexic son -- I believe that every child capable of being in a regular school classroom and speaking can, with enough instruction, learn to read.
I use a combination of high-structure routines to improve mastery of the basic literacy skills and independent work time (centers) so children can have the freedom to explore their mastered skills. I am very devoted to children reading to themselves their own self-selected books.
My building's ESL teacher of the year in 2016
University of California, Irvine, Bachelor's in English Lit. University of Texas, Tyler, Master's in Reading (currently enrolled)
Mom of 6, dog mom of 3, and school mom of many wonderful students. I do tend to bite off (almost) more than I can chew, but I don't know any other way.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Grammar, Math, Geometry, Social Studies - History, World History, World Language, Latin, EFL - ESL - ELD, Foreign Languages, History, Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Halloween, Valentine's Day, Informational Text, Phonics, Close Reading