S: Lisa Hansen
FC: Lisa Hansen TE 846
1: All About Me | I grew up in Grandville, MI (a suburb of Grand Rapids). I've always been active in sports, and played just about every one while growing up. From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher (it was really my only career choice). In 4th grade, I aspired to be a Kindergarten teacher, and this year will be my chance to fulfill that fantasy!
2: All About Me | Sofie (a Papillon) Murphy (a Labradoodle). My family has 2 incredibly active pups | In my free time (when I can find some!) I love to work out at the gym, run outside, do arts & crafts projects, and go shopping (luckily, Grandville is home to a fantastic mall!).
3: I have one brother, Scott, who will be a senior at Michigan State pursuing a major in Computer Engineering. | My family means everything in the world to me. Moving across the state this past year has been pretty tough. I make frequent trips back on the weekends to spend time with them!
4: Academic Experiences | I graduated from Grandville High School in 2005, where I was a member of the National Honors Society, tennis team, and yearbook committee. I then headed right for Michigan State University!
5: While at Michigan State, I explored a variety of teaching majors, such as Spanish and Child Development, before finally deciding on Elementary Education (with a teaching major of Geography). After 4 1/2 fantastic years, I graduated in December 2009 and headed into my fifth-year internship the following fall. | I am now starting my journey through the MSU Master of Arts in Education program!
6: Recent Teaching Experiences | I completed my fifth-year teaching internship during the 2010-2011 school year at Woodbridge Elementary in Zeeland, MI. I taught 3rd grade with Ryan McCarty and got to work with 26 WONDERFUL kids.
7: While interning, I was able to participate in several social activities with the staff, such as the Turkey Bowl Football game, cooking challenges, and field trips. | I was also a chaperon on the 5th grade camping trip to Camp Pendalouan. I had never been to camp as a kid, so this was my chance to live that dream ( a little late).
8: Recent Teaching Experience | This past year, I accepted a job at Bay County Public School Academy in Bay City, MI. We are an At-Risk charter school that promotes longer school days, as well as a longer school year. I taught 1st grade in the morning, and joined the Title One team in the afternoon to perform small group reading interventions for Kindergarten and 1st grade students.
9: My 1st Grade students during our literacy lesson on Hawaiian Day! Taking a quick break from our 90 minute instruction block! | My co-workers have been a HUGE source of support for me this year. They have been fantastic mentors!
10: Experience with Struggling Readers/Writers | During my internship, I did not have much exposure to students who struggled with reading. We only had 2 students who required reading intervention, and were taken out of the room for 20 minutes a day to see a reading specialist. | This year, my experience has been drastically different. Not only were most of my students identified as "At Risk", but I also had 5 individuals with learning disabilities in reading. During our daily reading workshop time, I would work with a small group of students (seeing intensive and strategic students more frequently). | Star Reading and Star Early Literacy tests are used as a means of progress monitoring along with DIBELS testing.
11: This winter I was trained in how to administer DIBELS assessments, and was an active participant in progress monitoring and benchmark testing. | Much of my intervention instruction was centered on early reading decoding and letter/sound relationships. My first grade groups also worked on oral reading fluency and comprehension (retelling). | I was presented with the opportunity to work with our Title One team as a small group reading internationalist for Kindergarten and 1st grade reading groups.
12: Literacy Challenges in My Teaching Situation | We are an At-Risk school with (overall) poor parent support. Parents do not see much value in practicing literacy skills at home | Low internal student motivation Several students did not see the value in being an engaged reader :( | Little flexibility in how we can teach reading and writing skills. Teacher prompts in our manuals are used to "Explain our Thinking" | Keep students on task and engaged in writing assignments. Still have not built up much writing stamina.
13: A prescribed literacy curriculum that does not hit all of the Michigan Grade Level Content Standards, or Common Core Standards | Poor attendance rates for the students | Constant pressure from the state and school administrators to raise scores and the number of students at benchmark | Student poverty | Huge range of student ability within each classroom. This past year ranged from students functioning Kindergarten (2nd month) level to a 3rd grade level. | Students who are able to read accurately, but read at a slow pace and score as "intensive" on DIBELS testing
14: What I Hope to Learn in This Class | With prescribed reading and writing curriculum, how I can incorporate "Best Practice" techniques into my already packed 90 minute literacy block | The best techniques to use with Tier 2 (strategic) and Tier 3 (intensive) students | How to provide effective Tier 1 (core) instruction to a large group of students
15: The best ways to assess student literacy progress | How to get my reluctant writers excited and engaged in the material | Suggested instructional methods for early literacy learners (Kindergarten-1st Grade) | How to incorporate technology into my literacy instruction, even with limited technology resources | How to raise student scores without "teaching to the test"