Math Learning Specialist
Mrs. Clarke believes every day allows for a new chance to grow, learn, change, and/or make a mistake. Learning happens every day, all day! In true Colorado style, her family’s hobbies are skiing, traveling, hiking and camping.
Impacting Students A favorite lesson of mine is titled "Get ready, do, done!" The goal is to support and teach students how to plan backward in order to move forward in the realm of executive functioning. When a student struggles with task initiation and completion, finding success in the classroom can feel nearly impossible. With this lesson, students are able to determine what "Done" looks like by using a visual representation or sketch to allow them to visualize the natural path to "Do." "Do" consists of the steps one must take to be "Done" and identify how long each step will take. Lastly, "Get Ready" helps students identify what they need to begin completing the task at hand. Once they are able to see all activities in life and at school consist of "Get Ready, Do, and Done", students find great success in learning how to approach task initiation in a more confident manner. When a student is able recognize the reward of independently initiating and completing a task, it is exceptionally powerful and impactful.
Lifelong Learner I recently attended Reading in the Rockies and found a workshop on using compensatory strategies, implementing accommodations in the classroom, and coaching teachers on strategies to improve working memory such as: 1) Reduce the working memory/cognitive workload (provide use of a calculator, quiet learning environment, provide students with partially completed examples, allow time for processing and rehearsal, single step tasks presented one at a time, etc.) in the classroom setting 2) Use memory aids to support learning 3) Engage long term memory (build on existing background knowledge) 4) Provide "place keeping" prompts 5) Restructure multi-step tasks 6) Use read alouds to support working memory 7) Use chunking (pairing or grouping different items into units that are processed as a whole) 8) Allow numerous opportunities for practice, practice, and more practice! 9) Verbal working memory interventions (elaborative rehearsal, dual encoding, semantic rehearsal, paraphrasing, verbal recall and visualization)
What I Love about Graland Graland is such an unbelievably incredible place to work. From amazing professional development opportunities, fabulous colleagues, collaboration, community, guidance and support, faculty childcare, and lunch, Graland has it all! I have never been a part of such a supportive community where you are truly set up to be successful.
Favorite Use of Math in the Real World Being able to calculate discounts, tips, tax, etc. using number sense rather than a calculator!
Fun Fact I hosted karaoke at a sushi restaurant for four years in college.
Joined Graland in... 2016
Also Known As ... Grade 5 Advisor, 5/6 Admissions Committee Member, 5/6 Homework Club Advisor, After School Math Help Teacher
Hometown Columbia, Missouri
Education BA in Psychology from University of Colorado at Boulder MA in Special Education from University of Colorado at Denver Math Intervention Certificate from Adams State University
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.