I began teaching in Virginia as an AVID tutor and substitute teacher. After moving to California, I earned my credential and taught high school Social Studies and English. I left a permanent classroom and subbed for a number of years while my kids were young. Now, I'm back in the classroom as an ELD teacher. I love introducing my students to new ideas to build their cultural literacy and to help them reach grade level. I try to engage them in critical thinking as often as I can through fiction and non fiction text, writing, and pair-share speaking. Outside of class, I read and swim.
As a member of my site's Personalized Learning Challenge team, I'm learning more and more about how to design "Success Criteria" and how to incorporate student ideas into this process. I really like this idea, and I think I will try to incorporate this into my next writing unit for middle school ALL. Thank you.
At VMMS, we have student led conferences and village meetings. It gives students an opportunity to reflect on their strengths along with areas for growth. We find that it really helps them to take ownership of their actions and their role in their own education. I think using student led IEPs is an interesting method for not only helping the student to learn what their needs might be and how they can be assisted, but as a first step towards self-advocacy.