Degrees and Certifications:
BA Music Education-University of Wisconsin Parkside MA Teaching with ELL Emphasis-Hamline University
Ms. Dawn Windham
My name is Dawn Windham. I grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. I received a BA in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Master of Arts in Teaching with an EL emphasis from Hamline University and am currently working on my Administrator's License at Hamline University. This is my fifth year teaching 5th grade in St Paul Public Schools and my second year at Galtier. I have four grown children (three boys and one girl), a husband, who is a principal in Minneapolis and a beautiful German Shorthaired Pointer named Freya.
I am a HUGE proponent of personalized learning.
To me personalized learning is about: Incorporating Self-Reflection and Goal-Setting, Flexible and Intentional Schedule, Using Digital Content and Tools in a Purposeful Way, Flexible Seating, Involving Students in Grading Conversations, Incorporating Personalized Playlists (see below).
When planning a typical unit of instruction, teachers map out a series of lessons to deliver, assignments for students to complete, and some kind of final assessment at the end. They might share this plan with students, but then the execution is done by the teacher: The teacher delivers the lessons, tells students when to do the assignments, and guides students toward the final assessment.
With playlists, the responsibility for executing the learning plan shifts: Students are given the unit plan, including access to all the lessons (in text or video form), ahead of time. With the learning plan in hand, students work through the lessons and assignments at their own pace. And because each student has her own digital copy of the playlist (delivered through Schoology on their Ipads), I can customize the list to meet each student’s needs.
Please feel free to contact me if you have ANY questios or concerns...or would like to volunteer in our classroom.