I have been a float teacher from almost 10 years. I work exclusively at a multi-age HighScope elementary school with grades K-5. I love my job. Since I float around the whole building, I get to consider all ~500 kiddos MY students. I especially love that I get to know the kids and continue to work with them for 6 years. Seeing them grow and learn is so rewarding.
I appreciate that I get to work with all of the teachers in the building. I get to learn and pull from numerous different teaching styles. I am a firm believer that classrooms run better with routine and consistency. Especially in the younger grades! As a float teacher, I do my best to mimic my style after the specific teacher I am subbing for on a given day. This is one of the many benefits of working exclusively at one school for so long! I know the teachers appreciate it and the days go smoother for the kids. Every day, regardless of the classroom I am in, I am using HighScope principles. The students know I hold them to a high standard and expect them to do their personal best.
So…. I hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in organization development. I never even considered becoming a teacher. My oldest son was struggling with ADHD and since HighScope schools encourage parents to work as partners in their children’s educations, I was able to spend many hours with him in his classroom. I fell in love! In love with the environment. In love with the teachers. In love with all things multi-age and HighScope. And especially in love with the kids. I was ecstatic when asked if I would consider subbing. It has been an amazing fit ever since. I feel truly blessed!
I learn better when I understand the big picture, turns out that my son does too. I have helped make many flash cards with topics chunked down into smaller bites and many “quick reference” flash cards for him to use. I found that all this information worked great when working in different classrooms. I ended up always making doubles so I had them with me at school. Teachers started asking for copies and telling me I should try to sell my cards on TPT. I took a some of what worked well with the flash cards and created a classroom friendly version of a traveler's notebook style binding system. This then lead to little guidebooks and little daily practice workbooks. Next came the classroom coloring books. Teachers at my school have been using various versions of my books for the last year and they are working great. Right now I only have a few ready to share on TPT, but I hope to add many more!
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Fractions, Geometry, Numbers, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Other (Specialty), For All Subject Areas, Word Problems, Writing, Reading Strategies, Mental Math, Physical Therapy, For All Subjects, Handwriting