As a Literacy Coach, and previous Title I Reading Specialist, I have had the pleasure of sharing best practices in literacy with my colleagues to better enhance our understanding of literacy and how children best learn. As a classroom teacher, I had the privilege of helping students discover the joys of learning and to develop a love of reading. By combining my experience from both spectrums of my educational career, I understand what busy teachers need in today's educational world.
I believe students learn best when they are the center of instruction. Through a gradual release of responsibility model, students have the opportunity to see an "expert" model the concept, an opportunity to work with partners or groups to scaffold their learning, further chances to acquire the concept through guided practice, and finally an opportunity to "have a go at it" for independent work. I have used this model for many years and have witnessed the profound effect it has on student achievement.
Selected to present at South Carolina Formative Assessment conference. Speaker at Write to Learn Conference (2013) in Missouri.
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I am a busy mother of 2, who loves to learn! As a lifelong learner, I enjoy reading the latest information on literacy and sharing this with collegues through my job as a Literacy Coach.