California Standards for the Teaching Profession: Standard Three
3.1 Demonstrating knowledge of subject matter content and student development
3.2 Organizing curriculum to support student understanding of subject matter
3.3 Interrelating ideas and information within and across subject matter
3.4 Developing student understanding through instructional strategies that are appropriate to the subject matter
3.5 Using materials, resources, and technologies to make subject matter accessible to students
       Subject Matter is a very exciting aspect of being an educator. I love to ask questions and explore what I teach, and I feel that the students pick up on my enthusiasm. I have always been fascinated by how things are connected, and find that subjects do not fit into boxes separate from one another. Students become more interested when subjects are connected and explored through new methods, including varied resources and technology found in schools today.
I developed a unit based on student interest in kaleidoscopes, which grew to incorporate many subjects (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5) Mystery Boxes: This unit combined scientific method with language arts (3.1, 3.3, 3.4) Technology is growing in its accessibility and use in classrooms: Here are a few ways I see it in the classroom (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5)
Writing is one of the most important subjects in the classroom. This paper discusses one aspect of that: Spelling (3.1, 3.4, 3.5)
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