Mrs. Amy Melton White Center Heights Seattle, WA
Mrs. Melton has taught at White Center Heights for four years. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Washington University in 2008. She has 28 students in her classroom. White Center Heights has a predominantly Hispanic and Asian population.
Mrs. Melton always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She started her career out by working for daycares and preschools while attending school. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2008, she moved to Arizona and taught Grade 5 for three years. Upon returning to Seattle, she was a preschool teacher for three years finding real joy in working with little ones. In 2015 she decided to return to public school but knew a younger grade would be best, so that’s when she began teaching 1st grade at White Center Heights Elementary. Currently, she is now on maternity leave taking care of her first baby, Zoey.
Mrs. Melton's favorite books: The Little House and The Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear.
Mrs. Melton's Thoughts on How to Make a Classroom Successful
*Scheduling Details: Keeping an up to date schedule for the tutors was key in giving everyone time to make tutoring work within their daily schedule. Also, if rescheduling of a tutoring session was needed, making sure to re-open time slots for that one-time session to take place.
*Student Greeter info: I chose two students who I knew could manage the phone in a respectful manner. Setting expectations around answering the phone, like saying “Hello, Mrs. Melton’s room” helped the students be responsible and respectful. Also, making sure the students inform the tutor student in a quiet manner by walking over and whispering “it’s your tutor time” really helped eliminate distractions within the class.
*Classroom management: Students were taught that when someone is on the phone that we leave them alone and we can talk with them after their session was over. Also, reminding the students who are on the phone to use an inside voice and use the computer the correct way.
*Teacher-Tutor Messaging: The emailing tutors was a large part of the puzzle. Keeping communication flowing was very important so that everyone’s time could be managed efficiently. Whenever I received a notification of a new email, I did my best to respond right away.
*Frequency of Reading Stage Updates: Updating reading growth is a key part of the process. I tried doing this monthly, if possible or listened to the tutors when they felt a student was ready to move up-again communication being key.
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