You may already know a bit about me but today I will be sharing a little bit about me and my journey so far. I have been teaching for 21 years (gasp!) Most of my teaching has been in Grade 1 but I have also taught Kindergarten through Grade 4. I also spent 3 ½ years working as a substitute teacher at the beginning of my career. I have been teaching in a small village just outside of Kingston, Ontario, Canada for most of my career.
When not teaching I love spending time with my family: a busy 12 and 15 year old and a husband who runs his own business. We love to travel and spend time time at the cottage. Here we are in Central Park. We had a mini vacation there at Christmas time.
I have always had a passion for teaching. When I was growing up there was no question about what I wanted to do when I grew up. A first grade teacher was my dream job and I has been fortunate enough to teach 6 year olds for the majority of my career so far.
I have always had a passion for creating my own classroom materials and sharing ideas with my colleagues. I stumbled upon Teachers Pay Teachers in 2012 and got the nerve up to post my own products in the winter of 2013. Since then I has continued to add products and really grow my store. I have many freebies to help early primary teachers out in Math, Literacy and Classroom Management. Click on the covers below to check out some of my most popular freebies.
I loves to teach using centers to engage students and keep them practicing crucial skills. Some of my most popular math centers are:
I also creates products that support directed teaching as well. These comprehension checks are perfect for whole group teaching as well for small group instruction. The Word Jail is one of my favourite products. I use it to help students learn to read and spell those tricky rule breaker words. My students love it.
I has been blogging for about a year and half. I enjoy sharing what is happening in my classroom and showing off some of my products in actions. You can check out a few of my most popular posts below. If you like what you read be sure to follow me to keep up with my posts!
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I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about my journey. See you again next week when you will meet another first grade teacher.