Shannon Sommer

Greetings, my name is Shannon Sommer. I am new to teaching and to Texas. Our family relocated from Tucson, Arizona to Houston, Texas in 2016. I spent the last decade accumulating certifications within a very specialized aspect of the investment industry. Unfortunately, although Houston is great city filled with many opportunities, the position I had spent my entire adult career advancing in was just simply not relevant here. I was offered an opportunity to substitute teach and instantly fell in love with teaching- especially at the mid level! I applied to the Master’s program at SFA this past spring and am hoping to teach mid-level social studies within the next year. When I am not substitute teaching or working on my classwork, you can bet we're at a ball field somewhere. Both our boys play select ball, my husband coaches, we love college, minor league and of course our hometown stros. Go stros! I am also a life-long accomplished equestrian.

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Recent Posts by Shannon

Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:50 AM in Literature in Science
Hey Ya'll! I'm really glad I found this thread.  The struggle is real trying to find ways to integrate STEM into Literacy versus Literacy into STEM! I really like the suggestion of picture books but I am also trying to follow a required mid-level reading list.  I was able to complete a STEAM project where I had the students create a medieval waterwheel in connection to the book, Crispin.  I do...

Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:40 AM in STEM lessons
Amy, I am following your post because I have the same issue! I am trying to implement STEM components into a 6th grade ELAR classroom and just never seem to have enough time to get through everything. I feel like by the time I teach the necessary Science and Math concepts there is not enough time for them to actively engage in the design process. And if I rush the concepts or just teach one o...

Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:27 AM in STEM-STEAM
I understand this is an older post but I am hoping somone out there might have some additional resources.   I am interested in integrating STEM concepts into a mid-level ELAR classroom.  I am presently in the process of completing my Master’s in Elementary Education for 4-8 Certification in Social Studies and am taking Elementary STEM Teaching as part of my required curriculum.  I am somewhat ...





Recent Reviews by Shannon


Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:08 AM
4 Good Resource With A few Good Suggestions, Just Not Quite the STEAM I was Lookin
I chose to read and review this article because I am interested in integrating STEM concepts into a mid-level ELAR classroom. I am presently in the process of completing my Master’s in Elementary Education for 4-8 Certification in Social Studies and am taking Elementary STEM Teaching as part of my required curriculum. I am somewhat new to the field of teaching and the teaching I do have experience in, is solely within the capacity of social studies and ELAR. I do not have any college or professional background experience in Science, and I was completely inexperienced with STEM prior to my enrollment in the course. However, I have very much enjoyed the course and am very eager to integrate the concepts into my current ELAR 6th grade classroom. I have been actively seeking resources to assist me in effectively creating STEAM activities that might tie ELAR reading at the mid-level to specific concepts of Science and Math. I found the recommendation and description of a makerspace within the article to be quite interesting. Since I have completed a few STEM related activities for my Master’s class, I do have a plethora of supplies around my classroom that are presently just taking up space in a closet. The idea of creating a designated area, “…where people come together to make things,” (Robinson 18), seems really fun and quite plausible. I also appreciated the resource suggestion of PBS Design Squad and other such resources noted within the article. I look forward to researching these suggestions further to see if I might identify a source specifically intended to tie STEM activities to traditional mid-level reading lists. Unfortunately, this article did not quite meet the expectations I was hoping for in that its stated purpose is to implement art into a Science Classroom whereas I am looking for a resource that might better assist me with integrating science and math into a language arts and reading class. But, I did find value in a few of the suggestions and am grateful for the information provided. I will continue researching sources within NTSA.