Brenda Velasco

I am a 3rd grade teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School in Rapid City, SD. I also taught 4th grade here for two years. Prior to that I taught in a bilingual kindergarten classroom in Pasco, WA. I was raised in Neenah, Wisconsin, lived in Washington State for 15 years, and moved to South Dakota 4 years ago. I love teaching! I was a journalist before I decided to get my teaching certificate and use my writing background a lot in the classroom. I have a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Teaching from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. In my spare time I like to hike with my fiance, read, play with my dog, and read.



Recent Posts by Brenda

Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:23 PM in 25 years in 90 seconds!
Congrats! 25 of years is awesome!

Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:21 PM in How to get Students involved in science
There needs to be a balance of both. The hands on is certainly going to be very effective, but they need to know the concept and the reason why they are doing the experiment. I do inquiry first before going into the investigation. I do try to stay away from the text book although once in a while I use it as a resource.

Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:40 PM in STEM in an ELL Classroom
The great thing about science is that it can be easily incorporated regardless of language. I taught in a bilingual kindergarten class and was able to do a lot of hands on experiments with my students. Which grade do you teach? Are there a variety if different languages in your classroom? I have a few lesson from my bilingual days that my district put together in Science. They have a huge science ...