Little Hands and Lesson Plans

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Printable Post-Its: Goal Setting & Reflection If you believe in a growth mindset, you know that students can increase their knowledge and skill sets by setting specific goals and working to achieve those goals. These printable Post-Its can be
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These colorful eye-catching cards have a chevron background and can be used to create a daily schedule or label your I-Can Statements on a bulletin board or white board. Most cards are preprinted with subject names, but this set includes blank
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We all know how important it is for students to master content vocabulary words. These lift-the-flap cards allow students to practice vocab in their interactive notebooks, with the use of pictures to help solidify meaning for learners of all ages.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I am a first grade teacher in southeast Michigan. Prior to 1st grade, I taught 10 years in third grade. Although I thoroughly enjoyed teaching 3rd, my heart has always longed to teach the younger grades and I this year I seized the perfect opportunity. 1st grade is where I am meant to be! I have also had short-term teaching experiences in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade during my undergrad and graduate courses during the completion of my early childhood degree. Much of my teaching philosophy has been sculpted by those rewarding experiences of watching children learn through play.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I try to design my teaching around the idea that children learn best through play and exploration. Like a good game, learning should be challenging and motivating, yet also FUN! I encourage movement, discussion, creativity, exploration, and discovery among my young learners. It can definitely be a struggle to make time for "fun" in today's teaching climate, but it's a crucial part of real learning. I design my worksheets and activities to be inviting to the eyes, easy to understand, and engaging for kids (and their teachers.) I absolutely LOVE teaching reading and writing to children. I teach reading in a variety of ways; guided reading and CAFE strategies in small groups during daily 5 rounds, carefully chosen read alouds, readers response journals, etc. I teach writing using a workshop model and hold writing conferences to assist individuals and groups of writers. I use mentor texts to model reading and writing techniques on a daily basis.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Kind words from an administrator are nice to hear, but there's nothing better than watching a student have that "ah-ha!" moment and say, "Now I get it! You just explained it so much easier!" My very best teacher "awards" come in the shape of shiny apples, hand-drawn pictures, "lightbulb" moments, praise from satisfied parents, thoughtful cards and notes that secretly land on my desk, and those random hugs that find my waist all throughout the school day. (Sounds trite, but we all know we aren't in this for the fame or the money!)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I am an education graduate of University of Michigan. I have a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree, with specialized endorsements in early childhood and reading.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to my twenty-two "kids," I am blessed to be the mother of two more beautiful boys at home and one fur-baby.

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