For the beginning stages of my teaching career, I worked at various childcare facilities. The first one was at Chattahoochee Technical College's Child Development Lab. They had 2 classrooms in which college students in Early Childhood were allowed to come to the observation room, hidden behind the classrooms, to make observations for their classes. Keep in mind, when they were observing the children, they were also observing the teachers (no pressure.) The second was your typical daycare. I ran the Elementary and Pre K after-school rooms. My last was a Montessori daycare along with a private pre k and elementary school. These were kept in separate buildings. They start you as a substitute and then you have to work your way up to having your own class. My student teaching took place in a 2nd Grade classroom for a whole school year. The first quarter of the year, I was in the classroom once a week. The rest of the school year I is was in the classroom full time. When I graduated college, I began teaching in the school system immediately in the following school year. My first year I was a Title I Teacher. I supported students in math and reading in 1st - 4th Grades. Then I proved myself and was granted a classroom. I was moved into 3rd Grade. I taught Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies. My counterpart taught Math. These 2 years our school was initiating the use of the Balanced Literacy Framework, Bookworms. My first year, only lower grades were using it, so I was using it with my 1st and 2nd graders. I instructed the DI (differentiated instruction / small groups) part of the framework. My second year, it went school-wide. I instructed DI, Interactive Read Alouds and Shared Reading. My third year I was moved to Kindergarten because of my endless amounts of energy and my love for differentiation. During our 2nd week we lost a classroom and someone had to volunteer to leave for a new school. I volunteered to go and luckily it was still a Kindergarten classroom. I absolutely am in love with my new school. In my now fourth year I am still in Kindergarten.
I am wholeheartedly a differentiated instruction teacher. While whole group is definitely important, I find that small groups and differentiated instruction is the best way to reach students since you are teaching it all on their level. I differentiate their lessons, their math folders, reading fluency folders and homework folders.
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Growing up, I also always played school with my little sister, spending time creating lesson plans, and teaching her the things that I was learning in school. When it came time to choose my major as I entered college, it was inevitable that I went into Early Childhood Education. I received my Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Chattahoochee Technical College in March 2011. In August 2011 I began my attendance at Kennesaw State University under the same degree Early Childhood Education. I graduated in May 2015. In June 2016 I began attending Piedmont College and graduated in July 2017 receiving my Masters Degree last summer.
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