My name is Susan and I blog over at Polka Dots & Teaching Tots. I am absolutely loving being a part of this blogging community! I don't think the support will ever grow
old and I have been able to implement many tips and tricks into my own classroom that I have learned from all of you!
I live in upstate New York with my husband. We don't (yet) have any kids but we are kept busy with both of our families living in the next town over!
Living in NY we truly experience all 4 seasons and my hubby and I take advantage of
Now, onto school life. I am a teacher in a 12:1:1 classroom. I know lingo changes from state to state so that means that our classroom can have up to 12 kiddies, 1 teacher and 1 teaching assistant. It is also a multi-aged classroom and I currently have 5 3rd grade students and 4 5th grade students. And no 4th grade students.
Let that sink in...
|Writing about reading with LOTS AND LOTS|
of scaffolding for my kiddos!
This is my 6th year in the classroom. My first 4 years I taught in a 4th grade integrated co-teach classroom. When I moved to the 12:1:1 I didn't move far... next door, actually! I am so lucky to have my former teaching partner just a few feet away.
My favorite subject to teach would have to be a toss up between guided reading and math. It depends on the week, I guess! Guided reading is a consistent favorite because I love seeing the consistent growth from my students each and every day. I find math fun to teach because as much as learning math is a puzzle, I think teaching math is a puzzle too! For my students, the "gen ed. curriculum" and teaching strategies didn't work to reach them so I get to research and try different strategies to help each kiddo have their "ah-ha moment".
|Ahh, my guided reading shelf of happiness!|
Everything I need for my kids to be
If you came into my classroom on a typical day you would find kids working in stations. With 2 different grade levels and varying abilities within each of those groups, I teach almost everything in small groups! Typically I try to work with a group of 3 students or less. The others will be working on independent learning stations and centers, working with our TA on practicing previously taught skills, or on the computers playing a game which will allow them to practice a learned skill or listening to reading.
Even with a consistent structure, there are always "those days" in the classroom. Chocolate gets me through.
Sort of :)
|Student word study station. Word cards in an envelope nearby|
to promote student confidence, check. Foam magnets?
Always engaging. Students supply the drive to
My can't live without teaching resource would definitely be the district scope and sequence & the standards.
Am I the most boring teacher in history or what!? ! Really though, my kids come in with such varying needs but my end goal is to close the achievement gap and get them back with their peers! I horde scope & sequence guides from each grade level and, along with my Common Core app, I can create a plan to help any student get from where they are to where they need to be. If only these pesky tests would get out of my way and stop putting time constraints on me and my kids' progress!
This year, I hope to be a more collaborative blogger. I want to share, share, share, more of my in class activities (with photos!) and get out there and comment on all of the ideas that you are sharing with me!
If you are still with me in the longest post I have ever written... pop on over and check out my blog, Polka Dots & Teaching Tots!