My name is Cori Blubaugh, and I am the author of Mrs. B's Beehive! I want to thank Amanda for this generous opportunity to tell you all about my blog!
I've been a kindergarten teacher for seven years at a school in San Ysidro, CA. My school is about 5 minutes from the Mexican border, so my classroom contains almost 100% ELL students, many of whom cross the border everyday to attend our school. This year, I will be adding the title of Assistant Vice-Principal of Academics to my school responsibilities, and I can't wait to bring new curriculum ideas to my fellow staff members.
I live close to my school with my husband of three years, and our two dog babies, Nigel, the Schnoodle, and Vivi, the Italian Greyhound. We love to travel, and a couple of our favorite recent destinations include Chicago, New Orleans, and Key West. My husband somehow talked me into going to Pamplona, Spain to run with the bulls on his 40th birthday, so we will be doing that next July!
We feel blessed to live in San Diego county, and spend our time enjoying all that the city has to offer with family and friends, especially dog beach! : )
My absolute favorite subject to teach is language arts. Many of my students come on the first day of school, not knowing a word of English. It is amazing to see the progress they make throughout the school year as they learn to speak English, and then learn to read and write in that new language as well! It is truly remarkable what the human brain is capable of, especially at that young age.
I love to foster a sense of independence in my students. If you popped into my classroom, you would see students working on learning activities that interested them, moving around the classroom freely, with a sense of ownership, and shared community. I love working with small groups, and meeting each child's needs at their own individual levels.
When I'm having one of those "special" days at work, my husband, friends and I usually go out and enjoy some delicious Mexican food that San Diego is famous for. It's convenient if my "special" day coincides with Taco Tuesday at our favorite place - Fred's in Old Town. They have amazing tacos, and their strawberry margaritas make that "special" day and all my frustrations just melt away : ) I have a wonderful, supportive group of friends that enrich my life and make every day interesting!
I wouldn't have thought this would be true 2 years ago, but the teaching resource I can't live without is my iPad! The capabilities of it amaze me. I love blogging about new apps and resources that I find. The iPad has given me more mobility in the classroom, and my students absolutely love using it. They don't even realize that the games they are playing are reinforcing the skills taught in class! Our school is currently fundraising to get Apple TV's into each of the classrooms, and I can't wait to try those out and let you know how they are working.
I love to give my students hands on learning opportunities. Watching the connections they make during math and science time, while using manipulatives and conducting experiments, is extremely rewarding. This year, I'd like to do some more research into STEM activities, and how I can incorporate them into my classroom.
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