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FC: A Glimpse into the Life of Shannon Moore
1: TABLE OF CONTENTS A Brief Introduction Academic and Work History Experiences with Struggling Readers Literacy Challenges Learning Hopes
3: My name is Shannon Moore. I am 25 years old and come from a family of 4 children. Something interesting about me is that I have a twin brother! I grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. I had a childhood filled with adventure and a love for reading, which still impacts my life today. I met my fiancé in high school. We are getting married in October after almost 10 years of dating! In my free time I love to read, scrapbook and take nature photographs. | A Brief Introduction
4: Academic & Work History
5: I completed my undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. I studied Elementary Education with minors in Social Studies, Geography and Environmental Science. As part of the program you are required to do a year long internship. I completed my internship in a 5th grade classroom in Southfield Michigan. After my internship was finished, I was offered a job at a brand new Charter School in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan. I currently teach 2nd grade and I just finished my first year! Woo hoo!
6: Experience with Struggling Readers & Writers | Throughout my undergraduate and the start of my professional career, I have seen a lot of different types of readers and writers. During my internship, I saw that a lot of my students struggled in fluency and comprehension. I also noticed that the available resources for them to use was very limited. Students did not have a wide variety of books to choose from and I noticed a lack of love in general for reading. On the other hand, writing was a large motivation for students. We often encouraged them to free write, most choosing to write poetry which was very inspiring to see such talented young authors.
7: During my first year of teaching in 2nd grade, I noticed the opposite. Students had a wide variety of just right books among different genres, loved reading, reading during one-on-one sessions, listening to reading and several other workshop activities. They had book bags and were able to exchange books often throughout the week, keeping their interests peaked. In terms of writing however, they struggled with coming up with their own ideas. I noticed that a lot of my students did not have confidence in their writing and could not sustain the same piece of writing for more than a week. I often saw that they were only able to write after a prompt was given. It was really interesting to see the dynamics of reading and writing in my own classroom this year.
8: Literacy Challenges
9: Below is a list of challenges that I have faced this year in my own classroom: - motivating struggling readers to work on their own. Also building their confidence to work on their own. - differentiating enough throughout the week and meeting enough times one-on-one or in groups. - conducting guided reading sessions that are more focused on the individual student and not the group.
10: Learning Hopes
11: I hope this class will help me continue to differentiate with intentional, cross curricular material. I hope to learn strategies to implement in my guided reading to reach all of my students. I also hope to learn ways to motivate, inspire and model good writing so that my students are able to sustain writing on a piece for more than a week. I want to learn strategies to inspire a love for reading and writing amongst all of my students! The formative assessment process is a very important aspect in my school. I hope to learn how to increase my rigor in the assessments that I give my students in both reading and writing.