Hi there! My name is Kara Rickman and I have been teaching for 21 years and am enjoying every minute of it! I have experience with title 1 reading, first grade and third grade. First grade is by far my passion and I'm constantly wowed by their ideas, creativity and successes!!! I LOVE my job and making a difference in students' lives!
Balanced Literacy Framework including: Writer's Workshop, Reader's Workshop, Guided Reading, and Focus Poetry, Math Workstations, Science Investigations, Interactive Notebooks, and Thematic Units. Linking Literature with ALL subjects and thematic units is my passion! I also LOVE teaching hands-on, engaging activities that instill a love of learning. I want learning to be fun and exciting so my students love to come to school. I believe that any student can learn and it's my job to find that one outlet that they can be successful, whether it be writing, reading, math or science.
Teacher of the Year for Fabra Elementary: 2009 First Grade Team Leader for Fabra Elementary: 2014- present First Grade Model Classroom for Boerne ISD Job Embedded Trainer in Balanced Literacy for Boerne ISD. Instructional Coach for BISD 2019-present
GT Certified and ESL Certified, Trained in Balanced Literacy, SIOP, Reading Academy, and Math Workstations. Graduated from Texas State University with Bachelors and Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction Seesaw Ambassador
Kara has given multiple trainings in San Marcos CISD and Boerne ISD for writers workshop, reader's workshop, guided reading, and Developmental Reading Assessment to help fellow teachers master their craft of Balanced Literacy. Join my facebook group to learn more about Balanced Literacy: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1883905101827025/
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Elections - Voting, U.S. History, World History, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Drama, Career and Technical Education, Geography, Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Character Education, Word Problems, General Science, Physical Science, Cooking, Short Stories, Writing, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community