BC: Thank you for visiting! I look forward to not only getting to know all of you, but getting to learn from you as well. -Tara
FC: My Personal History | "We are not makers of history, we are made by history" Martin Luther King, Jr.
2: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Hello! My name is Tara Hufnagel. I was born in Grand Rapids but now reside in Lansing. Even though I attended a smaller, liberal arts college I have been a Michigan State fan since my Dad started taking me to MSU basketball games as a toddler. Interestingly, I have visited every Civil War battlefield east of the Mississippi River growing up. In the summers you could (and still can) find me up north in Cadillac boating, swimming, and competing against my cousins in games of Pictionary and mini golf.
4: Traveling and experiencing the world is a major part of my life. It contributes to my love of history and geography and makes we a well rounded person and teacher. | Maui at sunset
6: Even though my sister and I did a lot of complaining about constant exposure to Civil War battlefields (“Great, another picture with a cannon...”) it instilled in us a love for history. I majored in history at Albion College and received my secondary teaching certification. I now teach 7th and 8th grade social studies/history at St. Gerard Catholic School in Lansing. Did I mention that my sister also teaches history at this grade level in a Catholic school in Grand Rapids? My father is so proud!
8: Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood? - Carl Jung
9: Currently, I have a 7th grade class of 62 students and out of those 62 students I have ten I.E.P students and three students with 504 plans who read below grade level. Because we are a Catholic school, our access to resource teachers is limited. Being able to focus on these students in the short time that I see them is difficult and I do not feel confident in my strategies, aside from modifying assignments and vocabulary.
11: In terms of working with struggling readers, as stated above I have modified assignments and reduced/altered vocabulary when necessary. I am working on incorporating more differentiated instruction techniques to meet the various needs of my students but still struggle with that. I read tests and quizzes aloud when necessary. I will also work with students on assignments verbally when they have struggled to either understand the material or have trouble getting their answers out on paper. However, I would like a more concrete foundation of literacy techniques that I can use, especially in the classroom during general instruction.
13: In this class I hope to understand how more concrete strategies can be used not only for social studies text but also for newspaper/magazine articles relating to current events, charts, timelines, maps, etc. In short, I not only need direction in strategies and which ones to use when and for what type of learner, but I also need practice in applying them to my subject.
14: Students at the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. | George Washington and John Adams brought to life!
15: Living History Museum put on my 8th Graders | Watching government in action