Ms. Roberts Sunland Park Academy Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ms. Roberts has taught first grade for 4 years at Sunland Park Elementary. She has been a teacher for 8 years. She graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Florida Memorial and with an M.A. in Curriculum Instruction for Elementary and Middle School from Barry University. Sunland Park Elementary in a Title I school, serving a high concentration of low-income students. Additionally, many students speak English as a second language; 4 languages are spoken at Sunland Park Academy.
Ms. Roberts loves motivating her students to be big thinkers! She never fails to infuse science and social studies into her day, which allows her to take what the students are reading and really bring it to life! Her favorite children’s story to share with her students is A Fish Out of Water by Dr. Seuss. Ms. Roberts believes that every moment is a teachable moment. Her favorite time of the day is Wrap-Up, where she gets to revisit moment and find that “reteach moment”. Revisiting information at the end of the day provides Ms. Roberts with the feedback she needs and the students with the information they need to take home something valuable.
Ms. Roberts loves TutorMate because it helps support those teachable moments and provide extra support and practice for students. Even when she is not in the classroom, she makes sure to call her classroom and inform her substitute to prepare for tutor calls! Talking with their tutors has allowed her students to become more confident and expressive readers, leading to significant growth this school year.
WHAT MAKES THIS CLASSROOM SUCCESSFUL
It takes several steps for a teacher to ensure students have productive tutoring sessions with their tutors. This teacher has shown exceptional achievement in the following areas:
Scheduling: The teacher carefully blocks out breakfast times, prep, dismissal, etc, and updates the calendar whenever there are changes to the schedule
Student Greeter info: The teacher has trained this student to go get the tutee instead of hollering across the room
Reading Stage Growth: “The students that I chose for TutorMate were my struggling readers, three of them were retainees. Having just finished my end of year Florida Assessment (BAS), students have grown 3-4 levels in BAS. This is HUGE for my students.”
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