I have 20 years of bilingual and ELL/ESL elementary teaching experience in public schools in Texas and Alaska. I have taught multi-age (PK, PK/K, K, K/1st, K/1st/2nd, 1st, 2nd, and 1st/2nd) dual-language, one-way immersion, two-way immersion, half-day, whole day, and modified bilingual classrooms in two districts. I also have experience teaching 3rd and 4th grade, Head Start, providing professional development for teachers, and I have been a mentor teacher, demo teacher, and instructional coach for Fort Worth ISD and Anchorage School District. In addition, I have taught a biweekly evening Spanish class for 10 years (age 14+, mostly adults) as a community service.
Differentiated, constructivist, student-centered, systematic, whole language, creative, original, and fun! It is VERY important to me to meet kids at their level and build on their strengths. Some kids have a lot of language, but very little artistic inclination. Some kids can read very well, but they have difficulty writing. Other kids can write, but they cannot read well. Some kids can do all of the above easily and will finish promptly and become bored if they do not have extensions to keep them thinking creatively. My books are made so that we can differentiate for our students. You might make a book with all the pictures for the child who struggles to read, a book with picture hints for the child who can read with help or who is not confident drawing pictures, a book with no illustrations for the child who can read well and can show comprehension by drawing in the pictures himself. One child might need lots of extra pages to show what she knows and another may only accomplish one page by himself. By making the first child a book with lots of pages to read and complete, and the second child a book with few pages to read and complete, both children are working at their level and feeling successful. Otherwise, you have kids finishing too early and getting bored, and others who have numerous incomplete pages and who may feel less than competent seeing all the work left that he feels he "can't" do. Differentiation is important to build confidence and keep children working productively.
Includes a variety of small awards, certificates, a plaque or two, several stints as presenter at district level conferences, and one presentation at a national conference on bilingual education at Texas Christian University. I'm just a teacher, not a rockstar. :-)
Texas Christian University: Spanish and a B.S. in Psychology (emphasis on motivational psychology) University of North Texas: Bilingual and Early Childhood Education Lifetime certification (Texas) in ESL, General Education, Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education Professional certification, same areas, in Alaska
Grew up in Texas and Alaska, both rich in multicultural opportunities. I love language, nature, art, music, and teaching Spanish!
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Science, World Language, Spanish, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Classroom Management, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Halloween, Speech Therapy, Easter, End of Year, Phonics, Classroom Community