I've been a teacher for 8 years and in that time have taught everything from grade 2-6. More recently, I've been at a middle school, spending my time in grades 4, 5 & 6.... which is the age group I really love!
Visual journaling is the biggest tool used in my classroom and is where we do the bulk of our learning in class. I also do lots of mini inquiry projects where students need to explore and create their own meaning and understanding about various concepts - particularly in science and social studies. To culminate a unit, I often create larger projects that ask students to share their knowledge in a variety of ways (research, presentation, multi-modal representation). I love tools that help me stay organized and lessons that are creative and promote students to inquire and discover their own learning.
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I recently completed my Masters, with a focus on curriculum and teaching.
Loves: Middle School. Starbucks. Reading. Journaling. The Rocky Mountains. Proud Calgarian and Canadian.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Fractions, Numbers, Order of Operations, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Basic Principles, Earth Sciences, Environment, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Government, Native Americans, European History, Health, Other (Specialty), Canadian History, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, General Science, Forensics, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Poetry, Mental Math, Halloween, Decimals, Place Value, For All Subjects, For Administrators, Test Preparation, End of Year, Engineering