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Kelly Gary

Kelly is a Grade 1 teacher at Sewickley Academy.

Recent Posts

Classroom Corner: Flexible Seating in Grade 1

There is a new philosophy circulating around educational circles that promotes best practices to support learning styles of students, especially first graders. It encourages the freedom for students to sit, learn, and work in a manner that is most comfortable and successful for them. This new philosophy is called Flexible Seating.

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Topics: Education

What do Grapes, Laffy taffy and Alligators have in Common? Multiple Modalities

The definition of multiple modalities “is an instructional practice used to improve student engagement. It involves providing diverse presentations and experiences of the content so that students use different senses and different skills during a single lesson. Often multiple modalities addresses different learning styles. Teachers using multiple modalities may use visuals, music, objects, experiences, collaborative work, poetry, writing, and/or other modes to teach content.” In a nutshell, it means that the more ways you learn something the more you will really learn it! The more ways you learn something, the more you will remember it! The more ways you learn something, the more you will genuinely understand it!

During the process to become a teacher, the buzz word during training and college courses was “multiple modalities.” We had to create lessons that would engage students and teach them. Back then, I created some interesting and exciting activities. I love drawing and painting, so I made some great posters and thought of catchy titles to my bulletin boards to grab the students' attention. Recently, I found all my lessons from college and looked over my activities. After 22 years of teaching, I can say that all these eye-catching posters would have never worked in a real classroom. Having cool materials and teacher tools is only part of the equation. 
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Topics: Education

Using Technology to Teach Math in the Elementary Classroom

"If a child does not learn the way I teach, I must teach the way he/she learns."

This is a quote that is reflected in my classroom. Students have many different learning styles and I must embrace all these styles to be the most effective teacher I can be. By utilizing technology in the classroom, I can employ many resources and methods within a lesson, rather than teaching the information in one manner to all students. 

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Topics: Education