Hello everyone! Well, the school year has started and so far, so good! I said this post would be to introduce myself and let you know what the curriculum for the year is, so here it goes!
This is my 6th year as a teacher, and my first year teaching 2nd grade. On Monday evening I'm sure I was feeling just the same as the students: VERY NERVOUS. Haha. I was actually born in Eugene, moved to the Portland area, came back to Eugene to attend UO, and then started my career on the coast before coming to Pleasant Hill last year. I have taught every grade between 3 and 6 since becoming a teacher, and never the same thing twice in a row. When I was at UO I was a member of the marching band and the basketball band! Those years participating in those groups taught me the value of hard work, practice, and balancing my work and play.
As a teacher I am especially interested in math teaching and learning. I guess I have taken it on as my personal philosophy that every student can learn everything, and as a teacher it's my job to inspire and give them the tools to be successful! I also believe that with hard work, you can pretty much achieve anything you want. I love to learn, and I hope to pass along that enjoyment to my students. :)
Okay, that's enough about me, on to the learning! At school we use Treasures for reading, EnVision for math, and have just received a new, hands on program for social studies. For science we get kits so that students learn how to question, investigate, and analyze information. If you'd like information on any of these programs, feel free to contact me. Also, if you'd like to know what we teachers are aiming to teach your children this year, here is the place where you can download the State Standards.
Okay! This has been lengthy. I hope to add some pictures to the blog as we do fun activities in class, and I'll update this blog with spelling words on Mondays as well. Thanks for stopping by, and here's to a fun new year!