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Laura Rusinyak MAT Candidate Teaching Summit Presentation Spring 2014. Website. E-Mail. “ The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” Alexandra Trenfor. PART I: INTRODUCTION. Introduction:. Laura Rusinyak :.

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laura rusinyak mat candidate teaching summit presentation spring 2014

Laura RusinyakMAT Candidate Teaching Summit Presentation Spring 2014


  • E-Mail
  • “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”
  • Alexandra Trenfor
laura rusinyak
Laura Rusinyak:
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Early Childhood Education
  • Mashburn Elementary located in Forsyth County , Georgia
  • 3rd Grade inclusion class
  • Mrs. Jennifer Daniel – Collaborating Teacher
  • Mrs. Julie Stephens – Support Teacher/Special Education for Math
  • Mrs. Wojtecezko – Support Teacher for Social Studies/Science
  • Mrs. Haley – Support Teacher/Special Education for Language Arts
  • Mrs. Carol Fort – Support Teacher for Reading
  • Mrs. Jamie Barnes – RTI Teacher
  • Social Studies/Science
  • Math
  • Language Arts
  • “Bear Necessities” – Response To Intervention
mashburn elementary school
Mashburn Elementary School:
  • Located in Cumming, Georgia
  • Zoned to a mixture of low, middle, and upper class neighborhoods
  • One of the most economically diverse schools within the county
  • Smallest Elementary school in Forsyth County
  • Principal: Mrs. Tracey Smith
  • Assistant Principal: Mrs. Jennifer Swaim
my class
My Class:
  • Composed of a total of twenty-four students
  • Male/Female Ratio:
    • 12 Girls (50%)
    • 12 Boys (50%)
  • Ethnic Diversity:
    • 17 Caucasian Students (71%)
    • 6 Latino/Hispanic Students (25%)
    • 1 Asian Student (4%)
  • Tier Breakdown:
    • 9 Students on Tier 1
    • 1 Student on Tier 2 (IST)
    • 4 Students on Tier 3 (SST)
    • 10 Students on Tier 4 (SPED and IEP’s)
  • Horizons (Gifted Program):
    • 4 Students qualified for Gifted (17%)
  • ESOL
    • 5 Students identified as ESOL (21%)
      • Of those 5 Students, 2 Overlap; SPED and ESOL (9%)
  • 504 Plan
    • 1 Student has a 504 Plan (4%)
  • Twice Exceptional
    • 1 Student is identified as twice exceptional and has a BIP Plan(4%)

They Don’t Call it an Inclusion Class for Nothin’!

my thoughts feelings fears strengths weaknesses as i began candidate teaching
My Thoughts, Feelings, Fears, Strengths, Weaknesses as I Began Candidate Teaching:








the planning process
The Planning Process:

DOMAIN I: Planning For Differentiated Instruction and Assessment:

  • Mrs. Daniel’s Lesson Plans
  • Reviewing the Assessments (Pre, Post, and Self Assessments)
  • Mrs. Daniel’s Suggestions, Ideas, and Advice
  • Collaborating and Planning with the Third Grade Team Every Wednesday After School
  • Response to Intervention Plans

The Fabulous Third Grade Team!

my lesson plans
My Lesson Plans:







Comparing and Contrasting

Georgia Regions and Habitats

Elapsed Time to the Minute

student interest choice
  • Connecting with Students and Knowing Their Interests

Who Am I?

Word Problems That Involve Students

domain ii providing differentiated instruction and assessment
DOMAIN II: Providing Differentiated Instruction and Assessment:
  • High
  • On-Level
  • Low

QuickWrite (Pre/Post)

Texts Written By the Same Author

David Shannon Interview

domain ii continued
DOMAIN II: Continued
  • Low
  • On-Level
  • Elapsed Time Task Cards:
  • Done in Guided Math
  • High
  • Tiered Word Problems Specifically Designed For Each Level
  • On-Going Assessment
  • Elapsed Time Clocks
domain ii continued1
DOMAIN II: Continued
  • High
  • Low
  • On-Level
domain iii impacting student learning
DOMAIN III: Impacting Student Learning:
  • Reading – Compare/Contrast
  • Science – GA Regions
  • Math – Elapsed Time

DATA Collected From

Lessons and Analyzed By

Pre and Post Assessment


domain iii continued
DOMAIN III: Continued

Math Checklist

Reading Checklist

Science Checklist

domain iii continued1
DOMAIN III: Continued

Self Assessments Allow

Students to Take More Ownership

In Their Learning

domain iv professional responsibilities in support of differentiated instruction and assessment
DOMAIN IV: Professional Responsibilities in Support of Differentiated Instruction and Assessment:
professional development activities

Actively Participated in the BYOT Tour

Professional Development Activities:
  • Participated and Assisted in Grade Level Planning
  • IKAN/GLoSS Forms and Scoring Sheets
  • Number Talk and Rubric Sheets
  • Attended IST/SST, and IEP Meetings Once A Month with the Third Grade Team
professional organization memberships
Professional Organization Memberships:
  • Student Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Member of Alpha Chi

Member of Kappa Delta Pi

continuing plan to develop as a professional educator
Continuing Plan to Develop as a Professional Educator:
  • Desire to become employed as a teacher at the elementary school level; preferably grades 3-5.
  • Continue to study and pass the GACE Art Education test.
  • Desire to become employed as an art teacher in grades K-12.
  • Continue to research different classroom management strategies and ways to differentiate instruction.
  • Explore taking more GACE tests (ESOL and SPED).
  • Look into going to back to school to get my specialist and/or PhD in leadership or curriculum and instruction.
there were so many times when i felt like this
There Were So Many Times When I Felt Like This:

But I Continued to Persevere and Never Gave Up on Myself or My Students!