Phone: (517) 339-8249 ext. 7253
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in English and History Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching Master of Library and Information Science K-12 Administration Certificate
RtI stands for Response to Intervention, which is a multi-tiered approach to helping students and staff be their best. At Haslett High School I am fortunate to work with students in supporting their academic and behavioral success through a variety of interventions. I also work with staff to enrich their teaching practices with strategies to engage and support all students.
Any student is encouraged to use me as a resource. I can help answer questions, guide students to resources, and help them navigate challenges they might encounter at school.
Study Strategies (summarized from this Psychology Today article)
- Test yourself. Close the book and your notes and see what you can remember. Make flashcards. Have a friend quiz you. Just rereading your notes or old quizzes is passive and does little to internalize learning.
- Distribute practice. Break down skills and ideas into chunks and spread practice over the course of several days. Day one, study chunk one. Day two, review chunk one and add chunk two. Day three, review chunks one and two and add a third. And so on. Cramming does not work.
- Do not multitask. Focus. Put away distractions like phones. LOTS of research tells us that our brains cannot multitask, even if we think we can.
- Explain things to yourself and others. Talk to yourself or a friend. Teaching someone else helps your own understanding. It helps you make connections between your new knowledge and what you already know. Those connections help your recall.
- Take notes by hand. Typing might be faster, but it helps your brain process the information less. Writing notes by hand allows you to label, color code, draw illustrations, and make connections. You put things in your own words rather than transcribe what the teacher is saying, which means you learn and recall more.
- Read. Read the book, articles, and other things about the topic. Make yourself interested in it. Put notes in the margins to engage your brain in active reading (handwritten if you can or sticky notes if you can't).
- Connect with others good at the subject. Find a tutor, get a study group together with students who are doing well in class. Align yourself with successful people so you focus on your success as well.
- Take it offline. Reading online provides too many distractions from blinking ads to temptations to check email and social media. We recall more information from paper than screens because we engage more of our brains--the same parts that we use when we navigate terrain.
- Decide to like it. Find a way to connect to the subject. Find a TED talk about it, research the scientist behind it, do something to set an intention for joy in learning.
- Trust yourself. Keep working and reflect on what you can accomplish if you work hard.