I taught full-day kindergarten for 14 years and have spent the last 2 years as a kindergarten and first grade strategist working all over my district. I am excited to say that this school year I will be back in my own kindergarten classroom!! While I loved working with kinder and first grade teachers and their students, I missed having a class of my own.
I graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2008 with a masters in curriculum and instruction. I am currently working on my doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction at the University of North Texas. I hope to one day teach at the university level. I love what I do and want to pass on all that I have learned over the years to fellow teachers and students!
I finally got the chance to purchase Deanna's penguin unit this weekend. What a great unit for incorporating the use of expository text and teaching children to write to inform. The "All About Penguin" book activity is a great way to introduce children to and give them practice in using the conventions of non-fiction texts. I also love her use of a schema chart from Debbie Miller's Teaching With Intention for charting new learning and misconceptions. As always, Deanna makes great use of thinking maps and graphic organizers in order to help students make connections and reinforce their learning. If you have not already purchased this unit, you should definitely do so!! Not only is it great for incorporating non-fiction reading into the classroom and teaching students how to write to inform, but the penguins make it so engaging and fun for young learners!!