Welcome to a world of third grade students in a learning environment that allows connections as much as possible to the world outside the walls of Colton-Pierrepont Central School. This is an exciting world as a teacher, one where each day is an event to reflect on, what the students brought to the learning experience and what I added through planned instruction and customization according to strengths, needs, and interests.
I have been teaching for the past sixteen years here at Colton, which is a small rural school in the foothills of the Adirondacks, a community with a great deal of pride in its educational institution, the teachers, students, and trends towards a 21st century school. Prior to Colton, I substituted and worked for eight years full time in St. Mary’s School in Potsdam, NY, another awesome school, a mini Crane School of Music School, as I look back upon it. Through all of these experiences I have had a K-12 experience, subbing in middle school math classes long term and then full time middle school, which is where I began in my teaching career. For the past five years, I have been teaching at the third grade level, which I enjoy a great deal for the integration that is possible. Integration of the reading and writing processes across the curriculum is exciting. Incorporating the new technologies has been exciting. And now here I am full force evolving from the green screen to laptops and iPads. What a change and how exciting it has made the process of teaching and learning.
This a third grade class made up of thirteen boys and eight girls with unique abilities, skills, knowledge, and curiosity about the world around them. They have many interests, from ballet, skating, hockey, piano, guitar, dinosaurs, animals of the Savannah, and trains. Scouting is an added plus for the students of this class offering them opportunities for community service and socialization.
Also, becoming an added interest is writing of poetry, while I must confess, it is a unique interest of the teacher, it is contagious and the students are catching on to the joy of writing that a few moments and a few lines can add. Each day we begin our day with poetry and writing of all kinds, by published authors and budding classroom authors and artists.
One of the goals of the blog is for the students in the class to share their writing online, also making their work visible for family members as well.
Follow us as we begin this educational journey with many avenues to teaching and learning for the student and teacher.