I have been a teacher for 20 years. For the first 4 years, I taught French and Spanish to elementary students. Than I got my own third grade classroom, and I love third grade!
For Reading, I alternate between guided reading and literacy centers. Some weeks I do use the basal if the story lines up with a special event - like Chinese New Year, National Braille Month, etc. For Math, I do mini-lessons and let the kids try it out. I go around the room and check in with the kids to see where they need help. Additionally, I do class meetings because the kids' feelings are very important.
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BA in French/Spanish - Colby College M.Ed. from Salem State College
I have a wonderful home and school family. At home, I have a husband, three children and a dog. In my free time, I enjoy walking, spinning, reading and doing crossword puzzles. I'm also addicted to TPT. I have a blog: http://www.happinessiswatermelonshaped.com/
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Reading, Grammar, Specialty, Math, Arithmetic, Basic Operations, Measurement, Science, Basic Principles, Biology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Social Studies - History, Native Americans, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, ELA Test Prep, Math Test Prep, Geography, Critical Thinking, Literature, Classroom Management, Word Problems, General Science, Reading Strategies, Holidays/Seasonal, Thanksgiving, Place Value, Informational Text, Classroom Community