I've enjoyed being a classroom teacher for 40 years! It never gets old! I've taught first, second, and third grade ranging from a traditional classroom, to IGE (Individually Guided Education), gifted and talented education, and International Baccalaureate - PYP (Primary Years Programme).
Eclectic best suits my style! I've never been a "program" follower, but instead, I try to fit my teaching style to the children in my classroom. I am a mix of hands-on, inquiry, and teacher guided instruction. I encourage my students to work well together and by themselves.
Golden Apple Award 2001 (IPL) for use of technology, math & science in the classroom.
I graduated from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary & Early Childhood Education. Later, I completed my Master of Science degree from Butler University (1981) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I enjoy creating my own materials for teaching, and I hope it is useful to others!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Graphing, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Health, Other (Specialty), Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, General Science, Physical Science, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Winter, The New Year, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading