Greetings!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!
 
This marks my 25th year as an educator and I am so excited!  I can't believe this milestone arrived so quickly.  I still feel the same thrill with the start of every school year as if it were my first.  
 
About me:  I am a 1989 graduate of Fairfield High School, former Choralier, member of Tri M, and Thespian. I attended Lee University, graduating with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Secondary Education in 1994. I have taught in Georgia, Minnesota, and now Ohio. I have experience teaching science to all ages from toddlers to adults and have worked in varied settings including public schools, home school co-ops, private tutoring, museums, community centers, and entertainment venues. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Educational Technology through Miami University.
 
My current position as Instructional Specialist allows me the honor of assisting teachers in doing what they do best - instruct and assess to meet the needs of all students in their classrooms. I love being able to serve teachers and students in this way.
 
Outside the classroom I am a wife and mother, life-long learner, singer, thespian, nature lover, science fiction/fantasy nerd, and tech geek. I am an avid Whovian, Browncoat, Tolkienophile, Trekkie, Potterhead, and Jedi Wannabe. :)
 

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

-Maya Angelou 

"Access. Automation. Organization.  Great teaching hasn't changed.  The toolbox has."

-Krista Moroder

 

Posts

Some research as you prepare for the upcoming state tests!

  1. Remember the kids take their cues from you. Tests are important, but not the most important.  They are simply a snapshot from which we learn about where we are and what we need to get where we are going.  

https://www.edutopia.org/article/teachers-need-growth-mindset-christina-gil

  1. Applied brain research can make a difference- not only in everyday learning, but also in preparing for tests as well as taking them.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev156b.shtml

  • Brains need nourishment – glucose and oxygen. Good food, plenty of water, and movement and/or stretching.  Research even shows that a short burst of high intensity exercise produces results equal to or even better than longer, sustained, moderate exercise.  A movement break before or during the test will increase brain function.

http://www.karenpostal.com/exercise-think-better/

  • Share with students: brains also need rest. 

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40036667

https://www.nd.edu/features/your-brain-on-sleep/

  • While preparing, brains need social interaction. Having time to interact/process information with others during review or learning engages more areas of the brain.

https://www.livescience.com/60937-social-brain-wiring.html        

  • Brains are emotional. Anything followed by emotion is better remembered, especially positive emotion.  Find ways to attach good feelings or experiences to key information.

http://www.memory-key.com/memory/emotion

  • Brains need safety. If you don’t feel safe, you can’t learn (or test well) – fear blocks the prefrontal cortex.  Help students find ways to reduce their stress and anxiety about the tests.

https://www.edutopia.org/article/when-students-are-traumatized-teachers-are-too

http://www.edudemic.com/stress-affects-brain-learning/

  • Brain research has also provided evidence on the best ways to study, learn, and prepare for tests!  Feel free to share with students – Cramming for hours and re-reading =bad, self-testing often and metacognition = good.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-are-the-best-and-worst-ways-to-prepare-for-an-exam/

Getting ready for state tests!

Parents, Teachers, and students can find lots of resources to prepare for our Ohio AIR tests at the following links:
 
Info about Ohio State Tests:
 
Ohio's State Testing Portal (practice tests, etc.)
 
 
In addition, teachers can find practice tests on the Edcite platform to assign to your students!  Contact me with questions!
 

5 Tips for Building Positive Class Climate

1. Talk to kids when they walk into class.
2. Learn one thing about each student.
3. Praise publicly, criticize privately.
4. Apologize when you need to.
5. Don't take yourself too seriously.