Teaching Experience: - Taught 2nd, grade in Lawndale 2001-2005 - Taught 5th grade in Lawndale 2006 - Taught 6th grade in Lawndale 2014 - Language Arts Specialist 2014-2015 - Cotsen Alumni
Throughout my years of classroom experience, I have always been intrigued about how students learn. In some ways my teaching philosophy has remained the same: ALL students, no matter what their background, race, socioeconomic status, learning disabilities, etc. can learn. It is us up to us as educators to figure out not only what students need to learn, but more importantly how the students in our classrooms learn best. With this in mind, there have been some discussion within our district – should we teach workshop style or more structured? What is workshop style? Should students be reading the same text? Grade level text? Or text at their reading level? My personal thought on this is: give students what they need and differentiate the kind of support and amount of support you give to students. Whether it be workshop style or not, I have learned that all students benefit from direct, explicit instruction. Clear teaching points (we call them T.P.s) give students the purpose, reason, and expectation for each lesson. Within these lessons, there is a “How To” component. This addresses the need for students to learn skills explicitly and in steps. My students have really appreciated having these teaching points, with the “how to” component in their notebooks and use it as a reference to go back to, until the skill is internalized and automatic. Students are not only clear about the “what” the lesson is about, but more importantly, what they are interested in and what they need is “how” to get there. These ACE lessons are designed to give explicit instruction and offer students practical steps in how to develop skills for reading, writing, and thinking independently. At first, the lessons are very structured and the skills learned seem very structured as students get used language and expectations. After some experience with ACE, I have seen students get very creative and deep with their responses.
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Educational Background: - Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Minor in Education – University of California, Los Angeles - Master’s Degree in Education, University of California, Los Angeles
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