Saturday, February 22, 2014

What is YOUR leadership style?

During my weekend with my St. Mary's masters class, I read an article and took an inventory about my leadership style. After the 56 questions, I discovered that my leadership style is adaptive supportive. I read through the descriptors and I agree with all of them. Adaptive supportive leaders are trustworthy, loyal, and hard workers. I read through the chapter in Finding Your Leadership Style on adaptive supportive leaders and I learned that 40% of the people you meet are adaptive supportive people. These leaders bring out the best in people and care for others. I really agree that this describes me as a leader. I don't like all the attention on me, I would rather be doing the best job I can for my students without any recognition. I am in my profession for the OUTCOME of my students' learning, not recognition.

I also believe that others do see me as an adaptive supportive leader. I will not go out of my way to take on a leadership opportunity, but when it is presented to me, I am glad to help lead. When my next leadership opportunity is presented to me, I now know why I take the job so seriously. Adaptive supportive leaders take responsibilities seriously, they work to avoid conflicts, rely on authorities, and create and communicate core values. I posses and lead using these qualities already. One goal I would like to work toward is volunteering for leadership opportunities and step out of my comfort zone. I would be interested in seeing what I would be able to accomplish with a different mindset.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


What are you going to do to be attentive to Engagement this semester?
     Engagement is something that I am very aware of in my classroom. If students aren't engaged, then the teaching isn't meaningful and the students won't remember what lesson was taught. I will find new ways and activities to do with my students to involve them in their education. I know collaborating with my colleagues is a great place to start. 

How do you see AGAPE becoming a habit of mind?
     AGAPE is something that I see myself already doing in my classroom, but I never was really aware of it. It just seemed like a "teacher" thing to do. 

How do you believe that AGAPE has impacted your students?
     All of the stages of AGAPE go together. You can't be an effective teacher and be missing one of the components. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Positive Interactions

I have always believed it is important to have a positive attitude. Being positive is infectious; others will follow a positive leaders example. Every day, I stand at my door and greet my students. I try to make a positive interaction with every student. I ask about their nights, what they have going on for the week, or about their family. Students enjoy telling me stories, but I have learned to limit the number of things they tell me as they're walking in the door. I feel that because of this small positive interaction, I have a great classroom community.

I had conferences before Thanksgiving break and I had a very positive interaction with one parent. Her son has been diagnosed with a learning disability and always had a negative attitude toward school. She was telling me about her sons school pictures and how she was very happy with what they looked like. I was having a hard time remembering what they looked like, so she described the picture to me. She said every year that school pictures would come home and her son did not smile, had slumped over shoulders, and did not look happy to be at school. This year, he had a big smile on his face, he sat up straight, and you could definitely tell he enjoyed going to school. His tie was on crooked and his hair was messy, but she didn't care. She framed his picture and it is displayed for everyone in the house to see. She proceeded to tell me about how he comes home every day with something fun that happened at school and how he enjoys being in my classroom. This was one of the biggest compliments that I have every received. It made me feel that all of my hard work is paying off.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Community Connections Blogging

One Strength
     One thing that has been going really well in my classroom is my Book Clubs. I have the kids in groups based on their reading level and I have chosen books for them to read as a group. I have also given them a calendar with due dates written on it. The students are responsible for deciding how much they read each night and the assignment they want to complete with it. I am using the forms off of Brent Cooley's website for the Book Club jobs. The kids have to do each job once before they can repeat the job. They can do a discussion director, connector, illustrator, word finder, or correspondent (Write a letter to a character). During this time, my class is reading 3 different books. I have read all of the books so I use my time to walk around and add to their discussions. It is a lot of fun for me to hear what the students think about the books. We just finished our first one and I was very impressed at the quality of work they completed. 
     After the work had been turned in, I asked my students what they liked about Book Clubs and what they would change. They loved the freedom of choosing the amount of work to do as long as it was done by each due date check in. They wanted a little more help deciding the jobs they each had to complete each night. I was very surprised at their honesty and I am looking forward to starting the next book club. 

One Struggle
I am struggling with finding math and reading apps for my iPad that are FREE to use in my fourth grade class. Any suggestions are welcome!

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Backwards Design

Our assignment this week was to rave about an aspect of backwards design that you love. Backwards design is the only way I have ever planned. Going through college, all of my professors had us use this backwards design approach to planning. One of the things I really feel is beneficial is the assessment piece. By having a clear idea of what will be assessed really strengthens the lessons that I teach. It also allows me to find quality intervention materials for trickier lessons. Since I have always used a backwards design to lesson planning, I have not noticed a change in my students. I feel that they do exceptionally well on teacher made and curriculum tests. Honestly, if teachers aren't using a backwards design approach, what are they doing?!?!?!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Abstract- Reading Comprehension

Does Using Graphic Organizers and
Picture Books
Increase Fourth Grade Students

Reading Comprehension?

One of the main components of reading is the ability to understand what was read. Reading comprehension is a skill that must be mastered at a young age in order for students to effectively learn. In my fourth grade class, I am interested to see the impact of using picture books to introduce a variety of comprehension skills. Each week, a new skill is introduced on Monday. After the skill has been introduced, students will use a graphic organizer to practice the skill. Multiple opportunities to practice the skill will be given during the week. At the end of the week, students will be tested on that specific skill. The expected outcome I would like to see is by using hands-on, engaging activities to practice skills, students test scores will increase. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013


The theme for semester 4 is presence. To me, presence is building and maintaining relationships and having your work serve a purpose. Whenever I plan a lesson, I make sure it will benefit my students in an academic or social way. One way my students will know the purpose of the lesson is by stating the learning objective in student friendly language. Students respond to lessons better when they know the overall outcome.

This theme is appropriate for semester 4 because as a student and teacher I am constantly reflecting on relationships and my lessons in my classroom. At my new teacher workshop meeting, the superintendent talked about making a positive presence in the community. Since Monticello is a small community, everyone talks. We were "warned" to always be seen in a positive light because you never know who is watching you.