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Hello all!

Summer is in full swing and my summer is off to a great start at my internship for my Masters Degree in Teacher of Reading. I am part of the Compass Program in conjunction with Lesley University and the Cambridge Public Schools. Summer Compass is a six-week academic program that extends and reinforces information that the students have learned during the school year. As part of my internship I am a reading specialist for the school. I work as part of a third/fourth grade classroom team teaching lessons in reading, writing, and word study and I also tutor struggling students in one-on-one tutoring sessions.

So far I am loving what I do! Being back in the classroom is amazing. I look forward to a successful summer and am still looking for a job for the fall. I have my fingers crossed that one will come my way soon! Hope you are enjoying your summer and keeping cool!

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Volunteering

This semester I’ve decided to up my responsibilities and volunteer 3 mornings a week in a 1st grade classroom at a local elementary school. So far I’ve been volunteering for about a month and it’s been a really great for me to get involved helping students in my community. Since I already have experience with my own classroom it’s a little strange not to be the one “in charge”, but I’m just taking it as another learning opportunity. Mrs. G, The teacher that I am working with has been dedicated to teaching children for over 15 years so I feel that this is the perfect way to spend my mornings while I am in graduate school. I am getting the most out of seeing how her classroom works- her classroom management strategies as well as her curriculum frameworks.

I work in the classroom during the students’ language arts period. I like the way that Mrs. G has set up expectations with the students so right when they come through the door at 8:00 they know what is expected of them.

Typical Morning:

  • 8:00 Welcome to School!
  • 8:00-8:15 Finish any old work in LA folder
  • 8:30 Morning Meeting
  • 8:45-9:45 Language Arts (This could consist of a number of different lessons or activities that the teacher has decided on for the period). When students are done with an assignment and don’t have anything else to do they know that they are supposed to be completing DEAR (Drop Everything And Read).

The classroom has a nice balance of new lessons, predictable activites (such as comprehension assignments and “build-a-sentence”) and Mrs. G teaches through thematic units, which something I have never seen in action before but am very interesting in learning more about. So far, this experience has been very helpful for me as a teacher, and also as a graduate student. I am excited to continue with this opportunity and look forward to the new ideas I will learn.

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Hello world!

Hello, hello! I’m Miss B.

Welcome to my new blog!! Here’s a little bit about me before we get started:

Teaching is a profession I have always been passionate about. My early play experience was centered around a pretend classroom with my sister as the pupil. I “graded” papers, “read” stories and recited my ABC’s. Now, 20 or so years later, I still want to be a teacher. I want to be a teacher because teaching makes me happy. I love getting to know the students, watching them grow throughout the year, and helping them get excited about learning. Kids are smart. Kids are funny. Kids are awesome.

After graduating with a minor in education (and a dual teaching certificate in elementary and special ed.) from a small liberal arts college in Upstate NY, I taught first grade for 3 years in a small private school. The kids were fabulous, but what I was really looking for was a public school teaching experience. I am the product of a terrific public school in New York and I believe and support public school education. When I decided to look for a position in a public school I found there was one problem– a big one: I didn’t have my Masters. What to do? Get my Masters in Education! I finished up another year at the school, applied to graduate school programs and now, half a year later I am halfway done with my Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist!

I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made. Through the courses I have taken towards my Masters I feel like I have become a better educator, reflecting on the past teaching I have done and thinking about what I will do differently in my next classroom. I’m excited and challenged by teaching and am prepared to be the very best teacher I can be. I would like to have a positive impact on the lives of the children I teach and make a student’s first years of school a model for their future. I hope to give my students the skills that will help them empower themselves academically, socially, and emotionally. I want to teach my students how to make good choices with regard to value and experiences. I hope to motivate my students to want to discover new information, be excited about learning, and to keep asking questions. And most importantly: to read, read, read!!

“The more that you read,

the more things you will know.

The more you learn,

the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss

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