At the heart of education is a good question. Questions drove me through my own post-secondary education in history and then elementary ed., and it’s my passion to inspire and provide a safe, resource-rich environment for students to develop and pursue their own questions. My learning journey began in the culturally diverse and naturally beautiful area outside of Los Angeles, California. My early teaching years were also there, in K-6 reading interventions. After moving to Alaska in 2013, I was lucky enough to teach upper elementary at Razdolna School and then McNeil Canyon Elementary. Currently, my life as a fifth grade teacher is only surpassed in joy and enthusiasm by my life as a mom to a 2 year old boy. My husband and I love living life in the woods and waters of Kachemak Bay, and sharing this world with our son is just awesome. In the rare moments that I can sit and read a book of my own choosing, I’ll pick up a work of history (currently reading Heather Richardson Cox) or a piece of literature like Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses or Marilynne Robinson’s Home.
PL Strategy to share:
Using digital resources to create self-paced learning paths for students has definitely been a focus of the past two years of teaching. I also am constantly asking how I can improve student self-reflection.
Current Driving Question:
How can I better use essential questions to increase student-ownership?