I taught 5 years of ELA in a departmentalized classroom for grades 6th and 7th in Kilmarnock, VA. I returned to Texas and taught 27 years in both self-contained and departmentalized classrooms for grades 4th and 5th. My departmentalized time was teaching Science and Social Studies.
I implemented the TCI Approach of student-centered active instruction and the Interactive Student Notebook in all subject areas in my various classrooms. I am a firm believer in offering discovery learning opportunities for my students. I am also a proponent of inquiry-learning and broad essential questions to allow students to investigate all information put before them. My EUREKA! discovery labs were developed when I had the opportunity to set up 4 different discovery labs for student groups to complete independently while I worked with small reading groups and tutoring groups in my self-contained classroom. These discovery labs were available for 3-4 weeks before the labs were changed. At the end of the 3-4 weeks, the 4 labs were debriefed so the groups could discuss their findings and conclusions.
The Miss Anna Hackett Award for Teacher of the Year from Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, March 25, 1996, Weatherford ISD, Weatherford TX.
Sleepy Hollow High School Tarrytown, NY James Madison College (now James Madison University) Harrisonburg, VA
I have been a Nation Trainer for Teachers' Curriculum Institute (TCI), the "History Alive! people", since 2001. I have been a writer/editor, developer and trainer for Accelerate Learning Inc (ALI), makers of STEMscopes science, since 2012.
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Measurement, Science, Anatomy, Basic Principles, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Health, Other (Social Studies - History), General Science, Physical Science, Test Preparation