Saturday, January 11, 2014

Welcome to My Blog!

I have been in the teaching profession since 2000 because my students have made it a pleasure and privilege to come to work each day.  I taught my first year at a private school while I worked on my intern credential and then switched the following year to a  public school.  For most of my career, the majority of my students have been bilingual in Spanish and English.  

Out of my years of teaching, most of them have been in third grade.  This is truly my favorite age group.  I taught one year in second grade and one year in fourth, early on, so it really has been a blessing to know where my students came from and where they are headed-towards in terms of grade-level content.  I’ve also had the wonderful experience of serving as a BTSA mentor to new teachers whose talent and ideas inspired me, breathing new life into my classroom. In 2011 I obtained my TESOL via Oxford at UCLA so I could have more training in teaching English as a Second Language. I completed my MAT in Language Arts K-12 at SDSU in 2013 where I learned the best ways to tackle the Common Core State Standards and teach literacy. Then I became a Reading Specialist for my school and ESL teacher. 

I have always been interested in using technology to better teach and reach my students, but I also love to share! This blog is a dream come true because I can combine both loves.  I will be sharing teaching tools and resources for mostly literacy and math, with some fun holiday projects thrown in.  I also have training in the use of the Reading and Writing Workshop from Columbia’s Teacher College and our school has seen great gains using this method over the past five years. In terms of classroom management, I have over a decade of experience with Whole Brain Teaching techniques that have helped me be successful in growing student achievement and motivation. This means more stuff to share and plenty of blog material! I hope you my blog posts. 

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