FC: Cindy Kaump
1: It's nice to meet you all!
2: My name is Cindy Kaump and I am looking forward to working with you all in this course. I just bought a house with my husband in Auburn Hills, MI. I enjoy running, yoga, snowboarding, reading, cooking and traveling.
3: I enjoy working toward and reaching goals and I just registered for my first marathon which will be a huge milestone for me when I complete it. | My cats, Trouble and Stella
5: I traveled to South Africa and Mozambique this summer, and I've included some pictures from that trip here! That was by far the farthest away from Michigan I've ever been.
6: This is my second to last class in the MATC program. I will be graduating this spring with my Master's, but I have the ending capstone to finish this summer. This is my fourth year teaching (all in Lake Orion) and my second year teaching 3rd grade. Before that I taught middle school and 4th grade for a year each. I enjoy 3rd graders and all their curiosity.
7: Our class pet Corn Snake, Bitey!
8: Our district uses the Reading and Writing Workshop model. I feel fortunate to work in a district that uses this method of literacy instruction because I feel each student, no matter their current abilities, are able to grow and learn at their own pace and in ways they learn best.
9: I feel one of my strong points in teaching struggling readers and writers is getting them to enjoy reading and writing. I know struggling students often learn to hate the things they struggle at because they don't feel many successes. I work hard to compliment my students when they are starting to approximate new skills of a reader or writer so that they will hopefully feel confident in those things and will continue to use those same skills later.
10: Challenges I face Something that is good with the workshop model of teaching reading and writing is that all students are reading and writing at their own level. I confer with my students and teach them individual lessons that they are ready for. Because of that I know a lot of teaching points for the average 3rd grade reader and writer, but when I work with students that are way below grade level I struggle with what they need in order to grow as a reader because I don't have as much experience with early, early readers. I have quite a few below grade level readers this year and I feel I've already used up my 'bag of tricks' with them and we still have half a year left.
11: In this class I hope to broaden my knowledge of how children learn to read and write specifically with students in the lower elementary age range. I feel if I'm more familiar with what my students have done to become the readers that they currently are I can take them from there and help them grow throughout the year. I hope to learn what students reading first and second grade level books should do to become better readers.