With this superpower we can change laws, curriculum, generational divides, norms, lives, ideas, thoughts and so much more. Education is the most impactful and powerful field in the world.
It is because of this belief that I teach, and pursue a career in education.
Student Teacher Fern Hill Elementary
As a Student Teacher at Fern Hill Elementary I have been able to learn, create, lead, and experience teaching hands on. I have created classroom resources for several classrooms including 1st and 4th grade. In taking on the science curriculum, I have created comprehensive units for 5 senses and insects. I enjoy taking holidays such as Constitution Day, Columbus Day, and Rosh Hashanah and bringing them down to the first grade level. I conduct guided reading groups and teach the major subjects every other day. I still look forward to my 2 full weeks of teaching in November. I will be co-teaching a unit in 4th grade, as well, in the coming weeks.
I was invited to teach in 4th grade where I taught a two day lesson on Point of View. We discovered all 3 POVs and the difference between POV and Perspective. The first day we watched the famous Pixar Short "For the Birds" and wrote to put words to the story. Students chose a POV and Perspective and did purposeful creative writing. The second day we reviewed what we knew about POV using a cooperative learning strategy: Numbered Heads Together. Students then used their knowledge to create a Popplet Graphic Organizer to showcase information and more creative writing.
During my learning with Media Elementary, I was able to conduct guided reading groups with 3rd and 4th grade. The groups included varying reading levels and special needs. In 3rd grade, groups focused mainly on fluency strategies and worked toward comprehension strategies. In 4th grade, we worked largely on non-fiction text and comprehension strategies.
I also worked with a one-on-one tutor student in the mornings who was in 4th grade. Together we read leveled texts and The One and Only Ivan.
Lead Academic Coach New Directions After School Program
As the Lead Academic Coach for the New Directions After School Program, I helped to sign up, train, monitor, and communicated with over 100 Academic Coaches (tutors). I acted as a mentor tutor for high school and college age tutors and helped to run the after school program. Along with these duties, I created a Respect Program to help these students learn and practice Respect. The program included several lessons relating to concepts and activities they already partake in at the center. I created lesson plans and small programs like this in years past at the center to help redirect inappropriate behaviors and create a positive learning environment.
Using Green Screen by DoInk App and a green pizza box with Starbucks straws, we created a green screen video! We combined the ELA focus of the week, Fact and Opinion, and the culmination of our Insect Unit.
Insect Life Cycle App
We worked in partners to put together the insect life cycle on this hands on app!
Insect Learning Center
Insect Learning Centers done smart! Instead of using a bulky trifold, we are using the space we have wisely. This Insect Learning Center includes: -Act Out, Talk, or Read about the insect life cycle -Picture and Label the insect life cycle -Is it an Insect? Decide if these bugs are insects or not and give a reason why MORE TO COME!
Happy Pumpkin Week
This week we are immersed into the world of pumpkins. Monday: Scholastic News "Pumpkin Life Cycle" and Book Bin Selection from book bins like Fall, Halloween and Pets. Tuesday: Main Idea and Details from Gail Gibbons "The Pumpkin Book" Wednesday: Pumpkin Life Cycle writing and craft Thursday: Predicting with "Jeb Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch" Friday: Pumpkin Investigation! A full scale investigation of real live pumpkins. How big are they, what is inside, and many other intriguing facts.
Today we created number bonds with our body using hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, and ourselves.
Professional Development is a core belief of mine as an educator. I make a concerned effort to participate and promote research-based practice, lifelong learning, political action, and recognition of excellence within my own life and fellow educators. My Professional Development Experience includes:
Student PSEA State Conference 2014 & 2015
Student PSEA Regional Conferences 2014 & 2015
Children's Literature Conference 2015
KSRA State Conference 2015
Professional Panels at WCU including LGBTQ Parents, Student Teacher & Alumni, and Education Professionals
I have also led Professional Development workshops. Some of the materials are included below.