I taught first grade for 13 years, and am now beginning my 3rd year in third grade. Before that, I was always working with children, whether as a swim instructor, or as a tutor for mainstreamed high school students at the local School for the Blind.
I love getting into class discussions with the students. I think oral conversation is a great tool to learning. Reading aloud, using accents, intonation, expression, and acting tend to get students involved and wanting to read more. I also have been infusing Whole Brain Teaching into my style.
Getting to teach our future is an honor in itself!
I have my B.A. in Human Development, with my minor in Child Development. I also have the philosophy that one should never stop learning; I am always seeking new ways to improve in the classroom.
I tend to like clean lines and to make my work as cost-efficient as I can. I can't print in color at my school, and paper is rationed, so most everything I have is black and white. I also try to save paper by making things double-sided or on half-sheets. :)
English Language Arts, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Graphing, Measurement, Other (Specialty), Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, Reading Strategies, Place Value, Tools for Common Core