I welcome the opportunity to work with students who need assistance in elementary education fundamentals in all subjects. I have been involved in the implementation of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies achievement for many years. In addition, I have found success as a facilitator and trainer at the district level in technology education.
I have primarily taught 4th and 5th grades for 15 years, with the last two years being in a 6th and 7th grade Middle School program. My experience with students who possess a wide variety of ability levels has reinforced the critical importance of understanding where a student is struggling in order to properly scaffold their learning for greatest success. My college studies include all aspects of elementary education, including best teaching practices implementing the Common Core Curriculum.
I actively use assessment in every content area. The application of a wide variety of methods including formative, summative, verbal and written has lent depth and focus to my lesson planning and collaborative discussions with my students as well as my teaching partners. I have also conducted analysis and scoring trends using different methods, including the classroom “data-wall” for easy visual reference.
I have learned to look beneath student assessment scores to fully understand student achievement and challenges. Math, for example, demands carefully constructed assessments for valid results being a curriculum based on logic. I have also learned that for assessment results to have an impact, they must be fully understood by teaching staff and administration. I am excited about the ability to drive student performance through intentional use of assessment information.
I have worked to integrate technology in the classroom and building. I was the first and only teacher to use a Smart board in the classroom using my own funding. I have taught professional development courses on the subject as well. With the use of technology, I have seen increased engagement and excitement of students. Because of the positive impact, I have worked with grade-level teams, instructional coaches, and teams comprised of members of other schools.
My work has included providing training sessions in Smart board use, streaming video, PowerPoint, video editing, document cameras, and much more. All of these sessions included hands-on training activities to insure full understanding.
I believe that my wealth of knowledge and passion for teaching and learning can be an asset to the community. I have a strong background in organization, including leading the school student council, fund raising, promoting community involvement and training/facilitation to offer any elementary student.
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