I have been meaning to start a blog for quite a while (like 2+ years a while!), but life is just so busy! With the new school year rolling around, I decided now is a good time to get a fresh start. I’m really excited to take the plunge into the teacher blogosphere!
A little background on me and how I got to this point:
I was an ELL Reading Intervention teacher for Grades K-8 (and grades 9-12 for a few years as well) for 7 years. I love, love, loved my job, but spanning that many grades and levels could be very challenging as you can imagine! Throw 100+ kiddos per year in there, and life could get insane!
I found that as a reading specialist, there were very few actual teaching resources handed to me. I was constantly working to create materials to reach each of my students. Thus, about two years when I decided to stay home to take care of my children, I also started my TpT store, Raise the Bar Reading. Creating reading and ELL resources has really become a huge passion of mine – more so than I ever would have imagined. It has pushed me to take the time to up my game in creating professional materials for my students and has given me a renewed energy for my classroom. I am building a huge bank of resources to use over the years, and (bonus!) making some extra income as well. Win, win!
What you can expect to read about in this blog is tons of teaching strategies and ideas for teaching reading and supporting ELLs in your classroom. I love reading research and applying it to my instruction as well as in creating teaching resources. I plan to share some of my favorite research-based strategies and how I implement them in my classroom.
Thanks for stopping by!