I am a fourth year ELA teacher. I teach an ELA block for two wonderful third grade classes! Although cliche, I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else with my life. Even before becoming a teacher, I was always surrounded by children. Before I was old enough to work, I volunteered at a local daycare. As soon as I turned 16, I was hired. I worked every minute that I was not in school. When holidays came around, I begged to work as many hours as possible. Although I registered as an accounting major, I knew in my heart that I couldn't be anything other than an elementary teacher. After several major changes, I finally got on track two years into my college education. Every now and again, I have those "What if..." moments, but who doesn't? I am satisfied with my choice, and I couldn't imagine any other career as satisfying as this. :)
I don't have one specific "style" of teaching. For the most part, I cater to my kids. I try to meet their needs each year. My teaching style can be very different from one year to the next. It all depends on my students. My classroom is very collaborative. We work in collaborative groups for the majority of the time. Because I teach third grade, my students still need assistance with group talk and appropriate behavior. In the beginning of the year, we do lots of practice in groups and practicing the proper way to argue topics and hold appropriate conversations to dig deep into their eager and brilliant minds. Although collaborative groups and student-led classrooms are researched and proven to be the most successful way to teach young minds, students still need some direct-teaching and modeling. If visiting my classroom, you will observe some direct-teaching as well. We are like a trail mix of teaching styles! I love teaching this age. It's such a wonderful age. They are still young enough to be molded into deep, critical thinkers, yet old enough to show independence and uniqueness.
No honors or awards on my record. This is only my fourth year teaching, and I have a bit of social anxiety. I am perfectly fine surrounded by my wonderful students, but if you put me in a room with my peers, I kind of panic. Therefore; I don't speak publicly very often. Hopefully once I warm up with my co-workers, (it takes time, y'all) I will be able to speak and present.
I graduated with Honors in high school and for my Bachelor's degree. I am currently working on my Master's degree in Ed Tech Leadership. I will be graduating in December 2015! I love being a lifetime learner, and if it wasn't so costly, I would probably continue my education after graduation! :)
Mom. Wife. Teacher. Misfit. :)