BlogPost 1: Introductions

Personal Information:

  1. Mary, she/her
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. I currently serve as the Academic Development Director for my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. I also have a work study position with the Music Department and cantor 9:00pm mass with the church choir. Outside of campus, I am a Paraprofessional Substitute at Mayfield City School District and North Allegheny School District. Over the summer I was the Lead Infant Teacher at Kiddie Academy Day Care in Pittsburgh. This semester I will be pre-student teaching at Gates Mills Elementary in a 1st grade classroom as well as subbing as a paraprofessional. I love to stay active, whether going for walks and runs, working out at the gym, or taking a group fitness class. I love to craft and am usually brainstorming my next crochet or Cricut project.

Learning Styles:

4. I am a visual and hands-on learner. For example, I would understand the layout of a room better when looking at a map/design then just being told where things are. I prefer to take hand-written notes in class, as it helps me remember information faster and more accurately than when I just listen. To feel comfortable taking risks, I think I need to be giving the freedom to be creative while not feeling pressured by grade-depending expectations. For example, I love the opportunity to take an assignment to another level without the pressure of having it effect my grade because it is a bit different. I think I also need to be challenged to dig deeper and given the tools and guidelines in how to do so.


5. Link to essay:

Burnham, K. (2020). Five Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies. Northeastern University Graduate Program5, 31.

I am passionate about culturally responsive teaching in the classroom. This article is a great starting point that demonstrates the importance of culturally responsive teaching, outlines 5 strategies to implement in the classroom, and highlights the importance of culturally responsive teaching for the future. I often think teachers are overwhelmed when they hear the term “culturally responsive teaching” but elements as simple as building meaningful relationships with your students can make a difference. When a teacher has relationships with his or her students, they are able to better understand how to teach them, as well as what their interests and learning styles are. These factors can all help a teacher better make culturally responsive decisions in the classroom.


6. Do you recommend students to create a teacher site or blog where they post their experiences and lesson plans? I know some teachers have done this when applying for teaching positions and used it as a type or portfolio and I was wondering what your opinion was.


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