I have been teaching for almost a decade! I spent one year as a teacher's assistant in a classroom for children with moderate/severe autism. For the next seven years, I taught predominately in a 5th grade classroom as a general education teacher. During one of those years, I taught an English Language Development combined 5th and 6th grade class. The last three years, I was the gifted cluster teacher for the 5th grade. Now, I teach Language Arts in a departmentalized 6th grade.
My teaching style is driven by differentiation and student choice. I differentiate by creating Literature groups, spelling levels, and including multiple modalities for learning in each lesson. I provide for student choice by using a lot of choice boards/menus in class. I base my choice boards on Bloom's Taxonomy, Marzano's Taxonomy, Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, and student interests. Additionally, I teach in an interdisciplinary fashion. I incorporate math, science, social studies, and the arts into my Language Arts curriculum often so that students can make connections between everything that they are learning in all classes.
Graduated Cum Laude with High Honors, Butler University, 2004
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from Butler University, 2004; Master's Degree in Elementary Education with an ESL Endorsement from Ottawa University, 2008 Gifted Endorsement, 2012
Other interests I have include sewing, crochet, dance, and music. I play the clarinet in a community band, and often sit in band class with my students. I am the Director of my school's Drama Club, where I also do the choreography. Also, I am an avid United States history buff, especially the Civil War. You will see all of these pop up in my lessons, because I love sharing my interests with students as well as adults!
English Language Arts, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Math, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Social Studies - History, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Drama, ELA Test Prep, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Statistics, Economics , General Science, Physical Science, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Poetry, Informational Text