For the remainder of 2015, Pitsco Education will be running a series of blogs showcasing the Teacher Advisory Group (TAG). Four questions will be addressed for each TAG member in the blog series.
Jill Brockmier has been teaching for 29 years. For the past 27 years, she has taught kindergarten through fifth grade in the Pullman School District in Pullman, Washington. Currently, she teaches first grade in a self-contained classroom.
Jill is also an adjunct professor at Washington State University and serves as a mentor teacher for preservice teachers. For the past four years, she has been part of the Science Leadership Team for the Educational Service District of Eastern Washington. This team is helping teachers bridge to the new Next Generation Science Standards. She also spends time after school tutoring many students, ranging from second to ninth grade, in math, science, and reading. In 2006, Jill received her National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist.
Jill was asked some questions about teaching. She responded with some great input for other teachers.
What is something unique about your classroom?
I guess what makes our classroom unique is that it is full of math and science materials that span across many grade levels. I am always pulling out manipulatives and games to teach math and science concepts that we come across in our studies. Also, our classroom is full of technology, including wireless headphones, a printer, computers, and tablets.
Please provide a best tip for classroom management.
The best classroom-management tip I have is to love what you do. Make sure your students see that you love what you are doing. Have a sense of humor and laugh often with your students. Most importantly, I believe you need to intentionally teach and model expected behaviors. Don't assume all students know these behaviors when they come into your classroom. Teach what it looks like and sounds like. Finally, recite your expectations often as a reminder, and then expect to see your expectations fulfilled.
What is your best piece of advice for a new teacher?
For a new teacher, my best tip would be to remember the joy you had in learning. Try daily to make this happen for your students. Get excited! Celebrate! Finally, remember that you need to take care of yourself to be the best for your students.
What do you hope to gain from being a member of TAG?
I hope to implement with my young learners some new ideas in STEM that integrate with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math Standards. I want to collaborate with TAG members to help create these ideas across the grade levels. I enjoy the products that I have from Pitsco, and I can't wait to try out some more. My students love STEM, and they believe they are engineers. Powerful!
to learn more about TAG or to read the short bios of all the 2015 TAG members.