BC: From this class I hope to learn how to improve and advance my teaching practices when it comes to literacy. I also want to learn how to accommodate and modify my teaching instruction for my higher level learners. I look forward to working with and hearing from fellow classmates who may offer me some guidance and help with my struggles. This class will hopefully lead me towards becoming a more successful literacy teacher!
FC: Introduction to Self By: Ashleigh Lennemann
1: Hey everyone! My name is Ashleigh Lennemann. I did my undergrad at MSU. This will be my fifth class in the MATC program. I am very excited to being close to finishing my masters!
2: I am from Grand Ledge, MI which is 20 minutes from East Lansing, and I currently live in Lansing. As one can tell I do not venture far from home.
3: In my spare time I love spending time with my family, especially my three year old niece.
4: I graduated from MSU with a degree in Elementary Education with a focus in social studies. For my student teaching I had the opportunity to teach in a 6th grade classroom. After, my student teaching I was a Paraprofessional at Lansing Charter Academy(LCA) in the southside of Lansing for two years. I am currently in my second year of teaching 3rd grade at LCA. I have been lucky to have these different experiences in the education field.
5: This year my school has decided to level 2nd-5th grades. One class has all the students that are just below, at, and above grade level. The other two classrooms have students that are below grade level. I have the higher-level class. It has been a struggle to keep these students engaged in our reading program. They like to rush through it because they feel they know it, but then they do not fully complete the expectations and objectives of the assessments.
6: Our reading program is called Imagine It!. This program is split up into units that correlate great with our social studies and science units. This allows me to cross curricular teach.Within the units are five lessons that contain a Green Band (Phonics), Red Band (Comprehension), and Blue Band (Writing). Along with our reading program my school has put a huge emphasis on workshop and guided reading. This is a struggle for me because I have never taught guided reading. I am not sure how to effectively use 20 minutes (which is the amount of time I meet with each group), how to keep the other students I am not working with motivated on their independent activities and how to integrate our reading program with workshop.
7: Even though my students this year are right around grade-level, I still have struggling readers and writers. My students have trouble with fluency, comprehension, writing in complete sentences with the correct mechanics and writing stories with a beginning, middle, and end. It is important to remember that even though students are at or above grade-level they still have areas of struggle.