I began working in education in 2001, and never looked back! My heart and soul is with teaching children. I had the pleasure to work with children with multi-needs as a classroom assistant while getting my teaching degree. I have taught kindergarten, 1st grade, 6th grade, and have landed in 2nd grade for quite a few years now. I love 2nd and that is primarily my target grade level for the resources I make.
Engagement, Engagement, Engagement! I use Kagan structures throughout the day to increase participation, hold students accountable, increase oracy skills in my ELL students, and increase engagement. I also *LOVE* to throw in activities that are going to keep kids on their toes- use giant dice? Task cards posted around the room? Glow sticks to read with? Room transformations? YES- YES- YES! We make magic happen in our room every day!
Nothing official yet, but I get told daily by my students that I'm the best teacher ever- so that's pretty much the same thing! :)
I did my undergraduate work at Elmhurst College. Then, I received my MA in curriculum and instruction w/ ELL endorsement from Concordia @ Chicago. As stated already, I have also attended MANY Kagan trainings and am an active Kagan coach.
I am a busy wife and mother of 2 school-age girls. My girls are always active and I'm constantly running all over the place. I am the type that I HATE to do my work at home because when I'm home- I'm mom. I try VERY hard to balance teaching, working, and being with my family.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Civics, Government, U.S. History, Other, Math Test Prep, Geography, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, Professional Development, Word Problems, Instructional Technology, Physical Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Summer, Informational Text, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading, Women's History Month, Classroom Community