Degrees and Certifications:
My name is Mrs. McDonald. This is my 3rd year here at Global Arts plus and my 11th year teaching. I have a background in elementary science and a masters degree in reading curriculum and instruction. I enjoy arts education and am passionate about my work here with my first grade scholars.
This year, we are joined by a student teacher from the University of Minnesota, Ms. Gronfor. She is working toward her master's degree in elementary education. She brings fresh perspective, great energy, and a joy for learning to our classroom!
9:15-9:40 Breakfast to go
9:40-10:00 Morning Meeting
10:00-10:10 Calendar and Math Review
10:10-11:10 Math Block
11:10-12:00 Arts Specialist
12:00-12:15 Interactive Read Aloud
12:35-12:50 Cooperative Play
12:50-1:50 Reading Block
1:50-2:20 Phonics and Word Study
(Two days per week)
2:45-3:25 Science or Social Studies
(Three days per week)
First graders work hard throughout the day in a classroom that is lively, cooperative and rigorous. I am excited to spend my eleventh year of teaching with such a great group of learners!
Please feel free to email me at any time with questions or comments about your child's first grade experience!