About Me

Hello! Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me. I love learning about other teachers and I hope you enjoy reading about me, a pre-service teacher. 🙂

My fiance and I

Background info…

I am going into the last year of my Elementary Education undergraduate college career (finally!). I’ve taken the five year route instead of the typical four year route because I wanted to get a minor in Spanish, middle school endorsements in English Language Arts, Social Studies and Spanish, and my ESL endorsement. I’ll graduate in May 2014, have one more summer class towards my ESL endorsement and then be ready to teach! YAY!
Mu, C.C., and Ama

I live with my fiance and our two cats, Mu (a.k.a. Mitten) and C.C. (a.k.a. Chill Cat), and our hedgehog, Ama! We are planning on getting married in Oahu, Hawaii on December 31st, 2015. I’ve always dreamed of a beach wedding and December is the perfect time to get out of Illinois, plus new year’s eve is our anniversary.

Oh! And I LOVE anything green. It’s my favorite color (with blue coming in at a very close second). So, this is the reason why these two colors are everywhere! 🙂


Student teaching!

I am preparing to embark on a year-long co-teaching journey in a 6th grade language arts classroom. I am in love with my co-teacher and all of the other teachers on our 6th grade team and I cannot wait to be working with 6th graders this year. I have a feeling I am going to love middle school language arts and that it really is my ideal grade level and subject area. During the fall semester I will have classes three full days a week and be at the middle school two full days a week. In the spring I will be at the middle school full time.

I can’t wait to start sharing ideas with other teacher bloggers about sixth grade.


Past clinical experiences…

I had a 13 week clinical experience in a second grade bilingual (Spanish/English) classroom and those students were the reason I wanted to get my ESL endorsement. I absolutely loved working with them and getting to teach guided reading and math groups in Spanish. I’ve been thinking about taking the bilingual test to see if I would be considered bilingual by the state of Illinois, but I don’t think I’m confident enough in my Spanish to become a bilingual teacher, so we’ll see where that goes.

During this clinical experience I applied for a scholarship for the ESL Endorsement called Project DREAMS. A few months later I found out that I was accepted. I was a Project DREAMS scholar! I was SO excited! I had already taken one ESL class and one multicultural class as a part of my major, so this scholarship would pay for the tuition for the four summer classes I needed to complete the ESL endorsement requirements. I finished three of the classes this summer and will take the fourth one after I graduate in May.

Marisol Mcdonald Doesn't Match

I also tutored a third grade English language learner once a week after as a part of the ESL class I mentioned before. It was fun to work one on one with a student and get to practice some ESL strategies with her at the same time. My favorite memory with her was when I brought in the bilingual book Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown. (It is a great book that focuses on celebrating differences. The main character is a Peruvian-Scottish-American girl that just doesn’t match!) My student really enjoyed sharing her knowledge of Spanish with me and we worked together to create a Spanish version of the activity we worked on so that she could bring it home and read it with her mom.


English language learners…

Even if I don’t become a bilingual teacher I know that I want to work with ESL students. They really are my passion and the name of my blog came from the ideas shared in some of my ESL classes. I truly believe in the funds of knowledge standpoint towards English language learners because they have such a wonderful resource, a second (or third, or fourth, etc.) language. They come to school with a wealth of background knowledge that their teachers can tap into to help them access the content and the English language. It seriously has become my passion and I can’t wait to begin working with English language learners. My experiences working in a bilingual classroom and tutoring an English language learner have really affirmed my desire to work with ELLs. Like I did with my tutoring student, I want to support my students’ first languages in any way that I can!


Blog focus…

I hope that this blog will help me connect with other middle school and ESL teachers so that we can share ideas and resources. I have some great resources for teaching ELLs that I want to share and would love to learn about more if anyone has any great resources. I also plan on sharing my experiences co-teaching in sixth grade and will share any resources I come across in my journey.

Whew! That was longer than I expected. Thanks for reading!
Dawnn 🙂