Welcome to Olson! I am very excited to be your child's 4th grade Language Arts teacher. This will be my 8th year of teaching. Previously, I had spent several years at home with my 3 children Joshua, Carah and Mikaela. Before returning to teaching full time, I worked part time as a contracted tutor for Allen ISD with students in grades 3rd through 6th.
Upon returning to full time teaching 5 years ago, I have attended a 3 week Writing Institute Course, as well as an Empowering Writers Conference in order to prepare for the amazing job of teaching young writers the art of writing. The training I have received has enabled me to teach young writers how to build and develop their writing skills, so that they will be able to express themselves more confidently. The strategies your child will learn will help them to become very capable writers. Writing is a process and takes a lot of practice to develop, and I feel confident that your child will become very excited about what they write this year!
In addition I have attended Abydos Reading Week through Allen ISD, and I will continue to implement several of the strategies I learned during our Reading lessons this year. I want to make sure that your child's reading level increases this year by having them read "Just Right Books" at their current level, so that they will continue to build and improve upon their reading comprehension and fluency throughout the year. My challenge to each student is that they learn to read books from each of the genres that we will discuss at the beginning of the year and that they continue to do so throughout the school year. These genres will include both fiction and nonfiction types. Please look into getting your child a library card to use at the Public Library in order to enhance their reading at home and school. Also, taking time to talk about what they read upon completion of books will increase their ability to think at a higher level.
Both last summer and this summer I attended Professional Development Courses regarding the Implementation of Technology Into The Classroom in the 21st Century.Some of the technology that will be used to enhance classroom learning will include: the use of our classroom I-Pad; Smart Board activities during both small group and whole group lessons; use of the school sets of laptops within the classroom for both Reading and Writing assignment, and of course continued use the of the computer labs at school.
My goal for each child I teach is that they finish up 4th grade loving both reading and writing so that they will be able to continue building upon these life skills in the future. Remember that reading and writing go hand in hand so the more your child reads the better writer they will become.
Please contact me through email if you ever have questions or concerns. Thank you for the privilege of teaching your child.