I'm a veteran teacher with primarily 4th, 5th and middle school math experience. I am a Disney Teacher Honoree, a Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher, Intel Innovative Teacher, JASON Project Teacher Argonaut to Panama, and Redmond Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year to name a few honors I've received. I most recently served as an Academic Achievement Specialist for my district, assisting teachers with implementation of Common Core Math and also implementing technology in the classroom. I've mostly taught fourth grade but over the course of my career, I've also taught fifth and sixth grades, first grade, middle school math, at-risk high schoolers, journalism and computers. I love creating teaching materials and have shared with other teachers for the past 14 years through my classroom website. Be sure to look for resources on my website www.mrsrenz.net and on my blog, Mrs. Renz' Class at www.mrsrenzclass.blogspot.com
I am a projects-based and hands-on kind of teacher. I connect standards to students' lives so they gain deeper understanding and enjoy learning. I love teaching math and my goal is to integrate technology as much as possible. Using technology helps differentiate for our students and meet the standards at the same time. In the classroom, I used my SMART board and find it engages naturally. I teach all students as if they are talented and gifted and challenge them to think critically.
* Disney Teacher Award Honoree, 2006 * Microsoft's First Worldwide Innovative Teacher. One of 12 teachers selected to represent the USA at Microsoft Headquarters. * Intel Innovative Teacher * JASON Project Teacher Argonaut, Panama Expedition. One of eight teachers selected internationally for Dr. Robert Ballard's expedition team. * Mount Vernon Teachers Institute Recipient from Oregon * Mount Vernon Lesson Plan of the Year Recipient * OnPoint Credit Union Excellence in Education Award * Featured in book, One-On-One with America's Most Inspiring Teachers * Featured in book, Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times * Redmond Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year
* Master of Arts in Teaching, Lewis and Clark College. * Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education, Oregon State University. * Oregon Standard Elementary Teaching Certificate. * Mathematics Endorsement (through Algebra One) * Reading Endorsement
Visit and use my 4th grade (and more) classroom website with your students! It's also a place where I share great web resources for teachers! My blog is a fun place to find teaching tips and all kinds of ideas and resources. Stop on by! :)
My Classroom Website
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