S: Carrie Bengry 2012
BC: What I hope to learn in TE 846 * Strategies and ideas for helping struggling readers/writers to make me a stronger more effective teacher * Ways to incorporate technology that students would be familiar with or interested in to help struggling readers/writers *How to make teaching literacy fun and engaging *Gain new and exciting insight from teachers/classmates who have experience teaching literacy and continuing to build up my confidence level when it comes to teaching reading/writing
FC: Carrie A. Bengry | MSU 2012
1: Hello everyone. My name is Carrie Bengry. I was born and raised in Saginaw Michigan where I currently reside with my husband Stephen and our family.
2: My daughter Haley is 11 and my son Jacob is 7. They are both dancers and recently started learning the art of Karate.
3: These are the extended members of our family, Molly and Rosie. | Molly and Rosie
4: Education | Delta College- Basic coursework Saginaw Valley State University-Graduated 2010 BA Elementary Education/Early Childhood Michigan State University-MA Education "Go Spartans"
5: I am currently employed at Home Depot in Saginaw Michigan where I have worked for the past nine years. I work as a Flooring Specialist and also as an Associate Coach where I help to train new associates .
6: Teaching Experience | During my student teaching, I worked for ten weeks within a first grade classroom and also six weeks within a preschool classroom at a local elementary school. I have also spent the past two years substitute teaching for the Saginaw Intermediate School District. Last year I spent working as a Teacher Assistant at Peace Lutheran School in Saginaw, working within a 4 yr. old preschool classroom.
7: Most of the experiences I have had with struggling readers/writers was with students during my methods classes while at Saginaw Valley State University during my time within the Elementary Education program. I had the opportunity to tutor a second grade student for a semester who was struggling with reading during my Reading Methods course, where I received firsthand experience working with reading assessments and creating lesson plans to meet his specific needs. As I have not gotten the opportunity to be blessed with my own classroom yet, I have not had many other experiences with struggling readers and writers. Working in Early Childhood has given me a new perspective of how important it is that we set a strong foundation for reading and writing early on in our students' lives so that they can be successful in grades to come. Some literacy related challenges I have had to face include how to begin the process of teaching reading/writing, especially with younger aged children of varying abilities, backgrounds, maturity levels, and short attention spans, and also becoming familiar with and comfortable with all the various different types of assessments used as it seems like every district uses something different which can be intimidating especially for a new teacher.