Christy Peterman

I live in Sherman, Texas and teach second grade at Pottsboro, Elementary school. I was in the Navy and served in Naples, Italy at COMSUBGRU8 as a Cryptologist in Communications. I have a wonderful family including my husband and his four children, as well as my two daughters from a previous marriage. My interests are yoga, hiking, and hanging out with my family and dog Lucy. I love being a teacher and this is my first year at a public school. Before that, I taught for seven years as a Montessori teacher, six years as a primary teacher (3-6-year-old) and last year I taught in the Lower Elementary classroom (1st-3rd grade). I love my Montessori background but longed for a different and more diverse group of children. I graduated last Spring with my Masters in Early Childhood Degree and will graduate Spring 2019 with my Masters in Elementary Education degree. Next summer I will begin my Masters Reading Specialist Degree and cannot wait. I love to learn and look forward to the cha




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Recent Posts by Christy

Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:37 PM in Using Plant and Animal Life Cycles
I would suggest looking into some plant and animal life cycle materials from the Montessori community.  There are some very beautiful materials that would go along with any number of life cycle lessons.  You can look in Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers for ideas.  

Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:32 PM in Field Trips
This year our fall field trip to a pumpkin patch was canceled the day before we went.  I quickly called our local State Park, Eisenhower, and planned a last-minute field trip to nature hunt and look for fossils.  I only had a day but made each child a blank booklet for leaf and fossil rubbings.  As we hiked I pointed out the color of the leaves and discussed with my group why the leaves might be ...

Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:22 PM in STEM from an ELAR Teacher Perspective
I love the idea of integration between subjects.  I am at a new school this year and there is a lot of resistance when new ideas or thoughts are introduced.  I plan the science and social studies lessons at my school, we do three weeks of science and then 3 weeks of social studies.  Since I plan both of these I have tried to integrate these two subjects together when possible.  I have also been a...

Recent Reviews by Christy

Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:35 PM
5 Great Integration Idea!
This article starts out strong by stating how “science is something students do, not something which is done to them.” It discusses such aspects of how teachers can integrate and work in science into many different areas of the classroom and subject’s students are learning. The article also points out the classroom needs to include and provide rich and engaging materials and hands-on lessons the students can experience. The author cautions though, that just because these wonderful materials are in the classroom will not mean a thing unless children are free to use them and explore them. Students need time to discover a concept, ask questions, record it and then discuss findings with others. The article then goes into laying out a guide for how to set up the classroom for exploration time. The author explains there are seven different stations and the children choose one station a week and cycle around the stations throughout the month or more if they need more time in an area. The seven stations were puzzlement board, think station, trade-books, current science news, take home science kit, reflective science journal and student presentations. There are times each week where students are given the opportunity to share their scientific findings. I love this idea and would like to use it in my classroom next year. I think one of the strongest aspects of this idea are how children are using so many components in learning and standards in a very child driven and independent way. The children are using reading skills deepening their comprehension skills by having to research certain information for their reports. They are using technology in their research and presentations as well as math for certain experiments. They are also working on their writing skills by entering thoughts into the reflective science journal. There is also an opportunity to discover the history of certain subjects in the puzzlement board area. There are so many opportunities for hands-on learning and student’s ability to build their research and deeper order thinking skills in this science integration classroom idea. In my opinion, the only downside to this might be in the prep time and setting up the supplies and keeping the supplies well stocked.

Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:08 PM
5 Great Resource
I enjoyed this was helpful in getting STEM kits together for my classroom.