I have taught primary grades for 15 years at wonderful schools in California. I am currently teaching second grade with a great group of teachers!
I am a big believer in offering students a balanced program. I enjoy teaching whole language skills and providing hands- on mathematical experiences, but also use a systematic approach to teach phonics and computation. Integrating science and social studies into my language arts program is important if I want to fit it into my schedule each week. Fortunately, I began teaching at a time when teachers were encouraged to use Best Practices and to create our own curriculum in order to meet the various needs of our students. It has helped my students throughout my career and prepared me for the Common Core standards, which encourage us to once again use Best Practices.
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Discovering TpT and teaching blogs has rejuvenated my career so much that I started my own blog called Teach It Today! I wish there were more hours in the day to blog and visit all of my favorite bloggers. It's amazing to be able to collaborate with teachers around the world who are eager to share their ideas and their hard work!
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