Carol Here: I haven’t done it all but it sure feels like it sometimes. I’ve taught every elementary grade and have loved them all but my favorite is 6th grade. Luckily that is where I will plant my flag this year. Hooray! Since I haven’t done 6th grade in a few years and with the new Common Core standards coming on line it is time to put together a plan for this year. My dad always told me to never waste time re-inventing the wheel so when it came time to plan, instead of spending hours and hours figuring it out myself, I was fortunate enough to work with one of our instructional specialists and together we put some ideas together in a new way that I hadn’t done before. Here’s what we came up with (it’s a little rough around the edges but it will work!):
Wow, a blog! Who would have thought we would ever do something like this? Certainly not us, but here we are! Who are we? We are The Teacher Team. We are a husband and wife team who come from a long line of teachers. John is a high school teacher and is the Department Chair in the Science Dept at his high school and Carol is an elementary school teacher having taught all grades, K-6. Carol is currently teaching 6th grade but has a wealth of experience in all things elementary. We both have worked or currently work in Title I schools and are transitioning existing lessons and creating new lessons with common core standard content and methodology. We both embrace and actively teach with technology, and love to share with others what we have learned. We view our teaching style as facilitators, providing a rich and inspiring curriculum where students discover the joy of learning themselves. Our schools are very different demographically and we think this adds to our perspective as educators. As we move forward in this blogging adventure we hope we can share some insight into our world of teaching and education.