This is my 15th year teaching first grade! I also have experience in preschool and tutoring.
I like to collaborate with my fellow teachers across grade levels. In my school for first graders, we run co-labs. This allows our students to receive the most focused instruction possible for their level. I have had the lowest co-lab for a number of years now. I co-teach with our school's reading specialist and reading assistant to best serve our students.
My classroom was one featured in a local newspaper article this past school year for my use of Therapy Dogs with my most emergent readers. I have also had my students (both my homeroom 1st graders AND my reading group 1st graders--I have lowest 1st grade readers) research, write, edit and publish our own books which were available for purchase to our school community and are featured in our school library for checkout. To date, my 1st graders have published 4 books.
Eastern Mennonite University 2003 Liberal Arts Elementary Education
I love spending time with my husband, 2 children and 2 dogs. They are my world! I love to run! I became an avid runner about 4 years ago and have done numerous road races. I also love to read!! To this day, my favorite thing to read is still Harry Potter :-)
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Other (Math), Science, Astronomy, Biology, Earth Sciences, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, Native Americans, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Other (Arts), Other (Specialty), Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Critical Thinking, For All Subject Areas, Classroom Management, General Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Mental Math, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Place Value, For All Subjects, Informational Text, For Administrators, Phonics, Close Reading, Women's History Month