I've taught nine years in Fort St. John, BC, Canada. I've always taught fourth grade, but have also taught fourth combined with third and fifth. I teach all subject areas, and integrate science and social studies into my language arts curriculum where ever possible.
I'm most passionate about science and the inquiry skills students can gain from going deeply into a topic. Science is inclusive. Everyone can be engaged in science regardless of their income, gender, or culture. Science is all around us every day in so many ways.
I've worked on my Regional Science Fair committee for the past eight years, as the Ethics Coordinator and part of the Activities Committee. I've also ran several school based fairs.
I believe that active learning is essential to student engagement. Technology is a huge part of my classroom, including the Smart Board and iPads. My lessons are well-planned, hands-on and usually integrate more than one subject area.
I feel strongly that students should be taught about their brain: how it works and why. In my classroom I teach "Brainology" which is all about the brain, a growth mindset and self regulation strategies. It is not uncommon to hear my students speaking about their own learning needs and regulating their own focus by adjusting their location in the classroom or using a fidget tool.
Ignite Speaker, S.D. #60, February 2015: Finding the Balance
Parent Series, S.D. #60, January 2016: Inspire Your Kids to Love Science
SmartLearning Yearlong Series Facilitator, S.D. #60, 2016/17: A K-12 Approach to Deeper Learning
Bachelor of Science, Biology (2006)
Bachelor of Education (2010)
Visit my blog, Fun in Fourth for inspiration and to see many of my products at work in the classroom.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Anatomy, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Native Americans, World History, Arts & Music, Drama, Health, Other (Specialty), Other, Canadian History, British History, Other (Social Studies - History), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Statistics, Economics , General Science, Physical Science, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, Place Value, For All Subjects, Summer, Handwriting, End of Year, Classroom Community