I have taught for 13 years in the primary grades. I spent seven years in second grade before moving to my home in first. I LOVE teaching kids to read. There is so much growth in first grade. It is a different world with it's own language.
I guess I have a balanced approach. I will try anything I think will help my kids learn. I spend part of the day doing routine repetitive activities and part of the day doing creative higher order thinking. The kids need both.
"Thank you for helping me to read. You are my favorite teacher. I love you Mrs. McGowan
I have a dual degree in early childhood and elementary education. Somehow when I moved to GA and took my teaching test I picked up middle school certification but would rather pluck my eyebrows out one at a time than be with that age. That is except of course my own....most of the time! I have a masters degree in instructional technology and I am currently the first grade science and social studies content leader for my district. Ironically, math is my favorite subject.
I have a wonderful husband and two children of my own.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Social Studies - History, Geography, Literature, Classroom Management, General Science, Physical Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Place Value, Informational Text, Handwriting, Phonics