Over the course of the last 7 years, I have taught 3rd and 4th grade in a rural school outside of Buffalo, New York. Out of those years, I have co-taught with some amazing special education teachers, and had some of the best students I could ever ask for. I am extremely proud of my kiddos and everything they have accomplished. I only hope the rest of my career is as amazing as the last 7 years.
On a daily basis, you will find my class finding and discovering information, whether it be through researching or through small projects where students are investigating the material of a lesson. You will also find my kids listening to music. A few times a week, we listen to songs to discover meaning, analyze text, learn about metaphor, similes, theme and main idea. The kids love the music and so do I! Many of the products I have here include music and close reading these texts.
I am a writer and some of my best lessons and units have been developed around stories; stories I have written for my kids. I have extreme joy in writing these stories and having the kids read them. This allows my kids to see the importance of writing, while also showing them what to strive for. Many of the lessons here will be based on those stories I have used within my classroom.