Welcome to Olson! I am very excited to be your child's 4th grade Writing and Social Studies teacher. My husband Ray and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this summer and have lived in Allen for 25 years. This will be my 10th 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 7 years ago, I 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 received has enabled me to teach all of my students how to build and develop their writing skills, so they are 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 Social Studies lessons this year. 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.
During the past 3 summers, 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 and I-pads within the classroom for Social Studies and Writing assignments, and of course continued use the of the computer labs at school. I would highly encourage you to allow your child to practice their computer and keyboarding skills at home since they will increasingly use these as they move throughout future grade levels.
My goal is for each child I teach, to successfully complete 4th grade feeling confident and proud about their writing, so that they will be able to continue building upon this extremely important communication skill. Reading and writing go hand in hand, so the more your child reads the better writer they will become.
I addition, I am excited about the opportunity to teach your child all about our fabulous state of Texas during our incredible Social Studies lessons. This year we will be implementing our newly adopted curriculum "My World" through Pearson. Your child will have the opportunity to complete many of the activities digitally throughout the year, and as the year progresses they may have access to their account online at home. Stay tuned for more information in this area.
Please contact me through email if you ever have questions or concerns. Thank you for the privilege of teaching your child.