A little About me
Hello! My name is Rachael Brown and I am excited to begin this class and get to know everyone a little bit better after our first assignment!
I live in North Chili with my husband, Kevin, and I teach at Village Elementary in Hilton. Kevin and I met at Roberts Wesleyan College where we completed our undergrad and both ran cross country and track. We still enjoy running and staying active as much as we can.
Before moving to Rochester, I grew up in Saratoga, NY with my parents and one older sister! Thankfully Rochester is not too far from Saratoga and I am able to visit my parents more than just for the holidays.
Other than running and staying active, I LOVE visiting the Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts) with my husband. We love the water, the small towns, and views like this sailboat view. We also enjoy finding cool little shops, particularly antique shops, when we are visiting places.
I also enjoy baking and cooking in my spare time. I love this time of year because I get to bake Christmas cookies with my family and my friends!
For my graduate work, I am currently studying Literacy (B-12) at Brockport. This class will be my fourth class in the program. Slow and steady progress!
I currently teach fifth graders at Village Elementary School in Hilton, NY. This is my second year at Hilton and in fifth grade and I team with another teacher. I teach ELA and Social Studies and my teammate teaches math and science. I have the privilege of teaching in a room that has 1:1 technology devices. Every student in my classroom has an iPad. This makes it easy for me to incorporate technology into my lessons.
- Storybird- use this website when we are writing Narratives. The kids love to create stories and record their writing and publish their work.
- Adobe spark- My students love using spark for projects and their technology book talks.
- Teams: Whenever my students are placed on teams and work together to complete a specific task they are highly motivated. They love competition but it is a great way to teach teamwork, communication, and collaboration. Also, it teaches good sportsmanship.
- Literature Circles- My students take their understanding of literature to a whole new level when they participate in literature circles. It takes the focus off of teacher talk and gives the students the control over the conversation.