General Education: Grade 3 all subjects, Grade 8 Social Studies Special Education: Middle and High School EBD Level 3
I love to use manipulatives, hands-on activities, and cooperative teaching. Before planning a lesson I always ask myself: "Why are students learning this?" I always use that question to guide my lesson planning to focus on real-world relevance. Currently, I am teaching in a classroom that is grades 7 through 12. This poses a slight challenge in how to cover all subject areas for all of my students. While a lot of their learning is individualized, I take the opportunity to give whole-class lessons and activities to keep up practice of social skills and group learning.
During my undergrad years I attended Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and was part of the LaSallian Honors Program.
My first two years of school were spent at a small perochial school in Southeastern Minnesota. My family moved to Arlington, Minnesota when I started second grade. For one whole year I was in the public school setting. My mother was a stay-at-home parent who decided to home school my siblings and I, and so I was taught at home from 3rd to 6th grade. From 7th to 12th grade I attended a small, private school where I discovered my love of English and the Fine Arts. During my senior year, one of my Spanish assignments was to teach a short Spanish unit to the 2nd grade class in the elementary building across the street. That was my favorite assignment my entire high school career. Before that I had thought about teaching, but then my decision was solidified. After high school, I attended Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education.
When I was teaching 8th grade Social Studies I told my students that they could call me Miss W. One of my students called me Miss Dubs instead and the name stuck!