I am a third-grade teacher in a public school district in Lancaster, PA with over 17 years of classroom experience. I am also a writer and Arts Integration/STEAM Certification coach for EducationCloset.com. With a Masters of Science Education and a passion for dance and music, I strive to integrate the arts into the curriculum whenever possible. I have a background in teaching advanced learners, and I'm devoted to using project-based learning to help my students achieve 21st-century learning skills and master the PA Core Standards.
I am a creative and passionate teacher, with much emphasis on Higher Order Thinking Skills. I previously instructed teachers in the Dimensions of Learning model, so that is evident in many of my units. With the push for test prep in school, I like to teach as thematically as possible to help the students uncover our curriculum. I find that the students make better connections and it provides a natural scaffold that way.
In May of 2010, I received the Teacher of the Month award from my school district. My students nominated me, saying I "teach[ing] students that everything we need to learn is at our fingertips. She is smart, funny and kind." I have also been honored by the superintendent for putting forth extra effort with special needs students (both high and low), and a class filled with many behavior challenges. In my previous district, I was selected to train teachers along with my Superintendent/Asst. Superintendent for the Dimensions of Learning model. I also completed my thesis on comparing the Dimensions of Learning model with Full Option Science Systems vs. the traditional textbook in a science classroom.
I graduated from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) with a undergraduate degree in Elementary Education/minor in music, and I also received my Masters in Science Education K-8 from the same school.
I enjoy teaching dance lessons on the side, and I enjoy integrating the arts into my lessons and units. https://educationcloset.com/author/dbranstetter/
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Elections - Voting, Native Americans, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Music, Drama, Other (Specialty), ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, Word Problems, Short Stories, Writing, Child Care, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Presidents' Day, Black History Month