My name is Jodi Southard, and I have been a classroom teacher for the past 20 years. I began by teaching K-5 Art for two years before becoming a classroom teacher. I have taught both 1st and 3rd grade, but my heart is definitely in 1st. I began my teaching blog, www.funinfirst.com, in 2010 and started creating educational resources for teachers shortly after. I absolutely love researching and developing educational products that work well in the classroom. I strive to make learning fun, practical, and rigorous for all students. Still being in the classroom every day allows me to fully understand today's students' needs.
I believe in getting my children involved as much as possible with their learning. I want learning to be exciting and for children to love coming to school. My classroom environment is welcoming and nurturing and includes participation and hands-on involvement.
-"Make a Difference" Award Winner from WTHI-TV -Deming Elementary Teacher of the Year -Vigo County School Corporation Teacher of the Year
Bachelors in Elementary Education - Indiana State University Masters in Elementary Education - Indiana Wesleyan
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Numbers, Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Health, Other (Specialty), Other (Social Studies - History), Critical Thinking, Classroom Management, Professional Development, School Counseling, Character Education, Word Problems, Short Stories, Writing, Oral Communication, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Place Value, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, Summer, Informational Text, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community