Thursday, September 12, 2013

Budding Blog!

Today I am linking up with I {Heart} Recess for her linky party- Budding Blog!  It gives new bloggers a chance to showcase their blogs.  :)


1. Why did you start blogging?
My family and friends were always asking about what was happening in school, so I started my blog as a way to share all of the fun and exciting activities that we do in our classroom.  I have been following other classroom blogs for a little while now, and I wanted to contribute my ideas to the blogging world.

2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
Last year, my favorite subject to teach was math.  Mathematics Education was my minor in college, so I feel more comfortable teaching math.  This year, though, my favorite subject to teach is reading!  We have been doing the Daily 5 for the first time this year, and I have loved every minute of setting up the components and helping to build students' stamina.  I am excited to see how much my students grow as readers this year!

3. Describe your teaching style.
My entire class (19 students) is ELL.  Because all of my students speak Hmong as their first language, I have had to adapt my teaching style to better meet their needs.  Our school trains teachers in SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol), so I use lots of modeling and background building.  I make sure my students have opportunities to practice skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking every day.

4. Give three interesting facts about you.
I love to bake cupcakes.  If I had a different career, I would open a cupcake shop.   :)
I have never dyed my hair.
I love the show Grimm, and can't wait for the new season to start October 25th!

5. Do you have a TpT store?

Thanks for checking out my blog!  If you like what you see, follow me!

Until next time,
-Miss Woodward


16 comments:

  1. I, too, love teaching reading! Welcome to the party. :)
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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    1. Hey, Lisa! I look forward to sharing ideas about teaching reading! :)

      Ellie
      Miss Woodward's Class

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  2. That sounds like such a great ELL classroom. I just went and did a little research on Hmong because of your post.

    How much hands-on real life teaching do you do with your students. Our ELL teacher was recently doing some baking and coooking with her students (which I thought was so cool).

    thanks
    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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    1. Hey, Matt! Baking sounds like a really neat and authentic learning experience! As far as real-life teaching, I don't feel like I do a lot, but I do try and build students' background knowledge, so they can make connections to new concepts.

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  3. I am so excited to have found your blog - for a couple of reasons! First, I teach ESL, so I look forward to following your experience with your classroom of ELLs. Secondly, I see that you are a Minnesotan! I'm not far away - I'm an Iowa blogger. ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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    1. Hi, Deb! An Iowa blogger, huh?! I graduated from UNI! (Go Panthers!) I look forward to sharing ideas about ESL!

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  4. I found your blog through the linky and am so happy I did. I am your newest follower. I am currently teaching 2nd grade, but have taught third. I can't wait to read more post. I would love for you to check out my blog if you get a chance. Thanks for sharing!!!

    Jamie
    teachingtidbit.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for following, Jamie! Stopped by your blog and can't wait to read more!

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  5. Wow, your post intrigues me and you have a new follower. Glad you joined the party!

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    1. Welcome to the blogging world, Terry! I can't wait to read more about your classroom! Thanks for following me!

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  6. I know I've been by before...but cannot remember if I commented? I'm losing my mind!
    3rd grade teachers rock! :D
    I have one ELL student in my class.

    I hope you're enjoying Daily 5. I can't wait to find out more about your school year through your blog!

    Lindsey
    The Journey of a Beginning Teacher

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    1. Hi, Lindsey! Thanks for stopping by! I am LOVING Daily 5. So far, we have only spent time getting the habits established, so I haven't really been working with individual groups or students yet. But doing Daily 5 has helped my students gain a love for reading, which is such a neat thing to see!

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  7. I have my masters in TESOL and taught for 2 years in a school where 21 of my 24 students were ELLs. I admire you for sure! I found your blog through the link and I'm your newest follower!

    Rissa
    Keep Calm and Hoot On

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    1. Hi, Rissa! Thanks for following! I look forward to hearing some of your experiences with a class of ELLs! :)

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  8. Just found your blog through the Buddy Blog linky. I'm your newest follower. Make sure to check out my blog if you get a chance. I'm doing a giveaway this week! I love making cupcakes and would love to open a shop someday. Maybe we need to collaborate on that ;)

    Melissa Cloud
    A Teaspoon of Teaching

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    1. Hi, Melissa! Thanks for following! Maybe we'll have to share cupcake recipes! :)

      Ellie
      Miss Woodward's Class

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