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Learning about and with Aleza

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1: So this is when it started. The moment I decided to become a teacher. (Oh yes, those awkward early elementary years...)

3: But a lot has happened between then and now. I graduated from Michigan State with a degree in Special Education, worked for a non-profit in Chicago, and traveled the world. In short, I lived learned and loved.

4: One of my goal in life is to live on all 7 continents. | Born, raised and currently living in North America. | Got Europe while studying abroad in London. | 2005 added Africa to the list when I studied in South Africa.

5: Last year I lived and taught English in Japan.

6: I took a few years off after graduating to work in Chicago and to travel and now I'm ready to get back into a classroom.

7: This year I'll be working in a fourth grade classroom as a shadow teaching. I'll be working specifically with boy who has tourettes and ADHD.

8: During my year of student teaching, I taught in both a K-4 resource room and a fourth grade classroom. | I had many experiences with struggling readers and writers. Challenges spanned from difficulties remembering the ABC's, inability to recognize site words to comprehension issues.

9: KRABI, SOUTH END | November 9 | I learned many ways to assist students who found literacy difficult. For one particular student who struggled with sight words, we used the PCI program. Using it daily, the child was able to increase his ability to recognize common words and gain confidence in his reading. | Writing was another area many students found hard. One of my favorite daily activities with a group of fourth graders was to have them dictate a story together while I wrote it on a post-it board. Their imagination soared once they were freed of the struggles of writing their own thoughts on paper.

10: As shadow teacher focusing on one student this year, I'm not exactly sure what my literacy-related challenges will be. I know that the boy loves to read and does so whenever he has the chance (sometimes taking away from other work). I hope to use his love of reading as a way to get to know him and also to connect him to other students and subjects.

11: I've been told that this student struggles with writing. He has trouble staying focused and loses patience when he has a pencil in hand. I'm hoping to create a writing strategy that helps him organize his thoughts and assists him in his writing. I look forward to mapping out his ideas with him and helping him organize his thoughts into interesting, well-written projects.

12: Literacy is such an exciting and fun part of teaching and education. I'm looking forward to sharpening my skills in this important area of learning and adding new ideas to my literary bag of tricks. I hope to learn strategies for working with a diverse group of learners. I find teaching writing to be a little tricky and hope to leave this class with more confidence as a teacher. This is my first semester back both as a student and teacher and I'm looking forward to getting back in the groove and diving back into the world of education and literacy!

13: “I can read in red. I can read in blue. I can read in pickle color too.” Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

14: AT THE START of the Rattanakosin or Bangkok period in the late eighteenth century, when the capital was finally settled at Bangkok, an elephant kraal was established in Krabi by order of Chao Phraya Nakorn (Noi), the governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat, which was by then a part of the Thai Kingdom. He sent his vizier, the Phra Palad, to oversee this task, which was to ensure a regular supply of elephants for the larger town. So many followers emigrated in the steps of the Phra Palad that soon Krabi had a large community in three different boroughs: Pakasai, Khlong Pon, and Pak Lao. x | In 1872, King Chulalongkorn graciously elevated these to town status, called Krabi, a word that preserves in its meaning the monkey symbolism of the old standard. The town's first governor was Luang Thep Sena, though it continued a while as a dependency of Nakhon Si Thammarat. This was changed in 1875, when Krabi was raised to a fourth-level town in the old system of Thai government. Administrators then reported directly to the central government in Bangkok, and Krabi's history as a unique entity separated from the other provinces, had begun.





22: "The entire ocean is affected by a pebble." | Blaise Pascal

23: "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars." | Walt Whitman

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