About Delia & her Blog
Delia is a winner of Top 25 Teacher Moms - 2012
How long have you been a teacher?
I have been teaching for 10 years. While all 10 of those years have been in the same school district, I have spent them in 3 different schools. I have also taught several different grade levels. I taught 1st grade for 3 years, 3rd grade for 5 years and 5th grade for 2 years. As I've gained experience teaching, I've also earned a Master's Degree in Ed. Leadership and an Ed. Specialist Degree with an emphasis in curriculum. This past year marked my first year "flipping" my math classroom.
What are three of your favorite books for children? (Please share what age they are best for.)
This is an interesting question, because I have so many favorites. I think I'll break this down by my favorite read-aloud books at each of the grade levels I have taught.
My favorite book to read to 1st graders was Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen. It's about a tall, gangly girl named Sassy, who lives up to her name. She struggles to find where she fits in, and realizes that to fit in, she just needs to be herself.
My favorite book to read to my 3rd graders was Because of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo. I love this story because the characters are easy to relate to and it is very easy to get into character when reading it out loud.
My favorite book to read to my 5th graders is The Hunger Games. This might change this year, now that the movie is out (movies tend to ruin the allure of a good book, don't you think). What I love about this book is that it completely grabs the students attention from start to finish...boys and girls. It's a great way to get the kids hooked on a series.
What can parents do to help when their child doesn't like school?
I would recommend that parents set up a "school-time" in the evening. Set aside a block of time to work on homework, studying, etc. Be sure it's in a non-distracting location. Keep it consistent. Also, talk to your kids. Try to be specific. Don't just say, "How was your day?" Ask them more guided questions, like:
"What was your favorite part of the day?"
"What did you learn in math today?"
"What story did your teacher read aloud today?"
"What happened in it?"
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