Suzy Red has taught for over 30 years from Kindergarten through University, and delivered over 750 teacher workshops. She has created literature guides, songs, and surprising activities for all levels. She believes that the smiles and laughter of children are essential catalysts to their lifelong learning and to your lifelong joy of teaching. Their natural curiosity, songs, and love of movement are nurtured in today's most effective classrooms which no longer are hamstrung by standardized testing, but rather, welcome it as the Olympics of the classroom!
Award-winning literature offers endless possibilities for integrating the curriculum. When subjects are taught individually there really isn't enough time to fit everything in, but then, the real world doesn't divide our day into math, reading, science, social studies, physical education, music, art, and recess. But, the real world does not work in absolutes and individual subjects. Rarely, does one find the answer to a problem at work by doing one-step arithmetic or by looking up the definition in a dictionary. Instead, in the real world, successful people in all walks of life use all of the tools at their disposal to tackle real world issues. Sometimes LIFE demands that you save a bird, design a plan with a group of friends, outrun a bear, draw a map, counsel a co-worker, or decipher directions in a foreign place. Police officers and scientists use logic, group problem solving, research, math, questioning, science, intrapersonal skills, maps, and language skills to solve a crime or find a cure. A business man pours a myriad of skills into creating a sound business. In the same way, our best teachers do not isolate the skills they teach, but draw on the strength of some to empower the weaknesses of others. Literature is a natural source of integrating problem solving and character-building with skills for the real world.
Teacher of the Year in Lockhart, TX; Exchange Teacher with Texas State University;
BS in Elementary Education, University of Texas, Austin; Kindergarten Certification, West Texas State University; Masters in Education, West Texas State University; Trainer of Trainers for Here's Looking at You 2000; Trainer of Trainers in Future Problem Solving; Trainer of Trainers in Law-Related Education; Western Plateau Elementary School, Amarillo, TX; El Dorado Elementary School, San Antonio, TX; Clear Fork Elementary School, Lockhart, TX; Plum Creek Elementary School, Lockhart, TX; Texas State University, San Marcos, TX; Language Arts Instructional Strategist, K-12, Lockhart ISD;
25 years experience in grades K-12 Married to Charles Red, Principal for grades 4-12; Two grown children, 8 grandchildren; Creator of Kids Wings Educational Associates; Writer of over 1000 literature guides for award-winning books; Writer of Chalkboard Songs; Language Arts Coordinator for grades K-12; Odyssey of the Mind Coach
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Science, Anatomy, Archaeology, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, U.S. History, World History, Middle Ages, World Language, Spanish, Arts & Music, Art History, Graphic Arts, Music, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Physical Education, Drama, Health, Math Test Prep, British History, Life Skills, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking, Literature, Business, School Counseling, Character Education, General Science, Problem Solving, Criminal Justice - Law, Short Stories, Writing, Asian Studies, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, Informational Text, Test Preparation, Engineering