Kim Wise teaches English/Reading, Literacy, Math, Special Education and General Curriculum. She has 19 years experience — and she’s one of the Teachers We Love in 2021. You can learn more about her in the interview below, and at The Teacher Marketplace.
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher to ignite a love of learning and make a difference in this world.
What is the funniest moment you’ve experienced a teacher?
Funniest moment was when I had my twin sister come visit me, then watching the kids’ faces and listening to all their questions. They were surprised to have someone there who looked and sounded like their teacher.
How has the last year affected your students and your teaching approach?
Moving to online classes requires more direction and students to be more engaged and motivated. The amazing Edtech available helps tremendously with its interactive platforms. I make sure I have solid communication with students and parents.
What’s a creative solution you use to keep kids engaged or motivated during COVID?
I offer a multi-sensory approach with materials that relate to a student’s interests and skill set. I utilize phonics and a sense of belonging for students to offer social skills and social interaction time with other students.
What resources do you like to use in the classroom or in teaching remotely?
Google Jamboard, Nearpod, Kahoot, Peardeck, Prodigy, TED Ed, and Whiteboard.
What is your experience with bullying in the classroom?
Thankfully, I do not have much experience with bullying. I have a great rapport with my students and they also have a great rapport with each other. We always show respect. Respect is essential.
How do you gauge if your students are succeeding?
I provide informal and formal assessments. I am well trained in this area. My company NC Tutors offers assessments. I am trained in Woodcock Johnson I-V, CORE Literacy, Qualitative Reading Inventory, Rigby Benchmark, Recipe for Reading and others. I am currently obtaining my Masters in this area to offer even more assessments.
What’s a fun thing students don’t know about you?
I took a trip to London and traveled throughout Europe in my 20s.
What’s the one book you wish all students would read?
The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman.
What is your primary educational goal, and what are you most proud of as a teacher?
My primary goal is instilling self-confidence in my students. I am proud of my strategies and methods to get students to not only read, but to also enjoy it.
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