I have been teaching for 16 years. I taught 5th grade my very first year of teaching. After the first year, I moved to 2nd grade where I stayed for 7 years. The remainder of my teaching career has been teaching first grade. I have a masters degree with a specialization in reading.
I like to be a facilitator in the classroom and promote independence for my first graders. First grade is such a crucial year where so much growth occurs. I feel that a critical part of a first grader's success is finding confidence in themselves. As a reader, this is so important. My classroom is a place where I promote cooperative learning as well as a caring and respectful atmosphere where students feel comfortable taking risks. I love to give kids choices so they may have ownership over their own learning.
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Masters degree - Reading specialization
I love teaching first grade! It is amazing to see the growth that the kids make during their first grade year. I am also a wife and mother of 3 awesome kids (ages 13, 10, and 5).
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Life Skills, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Character Education, Problem Solving, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Informational Text, End of Year, Phonics, Close Reading