I have been working in schools for 14 years! I started as a classroom assistant for multi-needs students (students with Down's Syndrome, Autism, PDD, etc). After doing that for 6 years, I became a classroom teacher. I have taught Kindergarten (2 years), 1st (2 years), 6th (2 years), and 2nd (2 years). I seem to have found my home in 2nd and will be making resources primarily for this grade level.
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- do 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. You can check out my blog to see how I do it:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Specialty, Math, Applied Math, Science, Earth Sciences, Social Studies - History, Civics, Government, U.S. History, Geography, Classroom Management, Word Problems, Physical Science, Writing, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Engineering, Phonics, Close Reading, Classroom Community