Welcome to Nancy Jang's Classroom

By Nancy Jang on August 2, 2010
  • Grades: 1–2

My name is Nancy Jang and I have been teaching 2nd grade for twelve years at Woodland Elementary School in Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The unique grade configuration of the school — kindergarten to second grade — enables us to specifically target our funding and resources to primary instruction and interventions. Since our school boundaries include two cities, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, the socioeconomic backgrounds of our students are quite diverse. Each classroom serves approximately twenty students, with about seven classes per grade level.


My background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from the University of California in Irvine and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in reading from California State University Fullerton. Currently I serve as my school's staff development coordinator, a STAR Discovery Educator Network representative, and an Art’s Advantage coordinator. In previous years, I have also served as technology coordinator and as a science and math trainer for my district. My passion as a teacher is integrating art, science, and technology into all other curricular areas. Visual and performing arts, science, and technology not only prepare students academically, but they also engage students, provide enrichment for gifted students, and offer visual and verbal cues for English learners. Implementing the arts, science, and technology into the curriculum and training others to do so allows me to share my passion and brings out my best teaching skills.

In my classroom, students understand that it is okay to make mistakes as long as they learn from them. It is important to follow your passion, and I want to lead by example. My students receive problem-solving opportunities every day. I believe children need to practice critical thinking and problem solving in a safe and nurturing environment. I want all my students to achieve a goal of personal improvement  just to be a little bit better today than they were yesterday. With each day we celebrate those milestones, benchmarks, and achievements. We try to be our best, every day.

Finding time means creating time. Although test skills are life skills, students must develop creativity, design skills, empathy, storytelling, a love of learning, and the ability to identify patterns and systems and construct meaning. Without practicing these skills, our students will master test-taking, yet little else. I enjoy finding a way to include creativity while systematically and explicitly teaching research-based programs.

Every child deserves access to the entire curriculum. This ensures that students master their reading and math skills in a rich instructional environment that includes the arts, science, technology, writing, and history.

Comments

Kathryn Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. I appreciate your suggestion and I am going to check out your resource. Thanks for sharing!

Regards, Nancy

Hi Nancy,

I was reading through your blogs - very interesting! I love how passionate you are about teaching!

I am also an educator. Not in a classroom setting, but I do teach. Mostly it is teaching English to non English speaking children and adults. Teaching inspired me to design a tool for people with the desire to learn. If I may, I would like to introduce it to you - it is a new learning tool, which could greatly benefit all teachers as well as students - an interactive learning website for all subjects and levels. YOU create your own study sets based on the information YOU need to learn and the system generates games (crossword puzzle, hangman, quick type…), flash cards and tests based on what you entered.

If you would like to learn more about it, you can read up on it at www.vip-learning.com. The actual study platform is under www.kahrds.com. There are videos on the bottom of the homepage of Kahrds.com that tell you how to use the site if you are not too sure what to do.

The goal of Kahrds is to provide students of all backgrounds and future goals with a tool that will make their learning efforts more effective and fun, reduce the time they spend studying and give them more time for other activities.

The system is already being used in various schools in the United States as well as Europe. The methodology of Kahrds is also supported by the British Council which promoted Kahrds as a useful teaching resource on their website.

Many teachers use Kahrds for their class or chapter notes. After creating and distributing a Kahrds study set to all class participants, the students can access the set and choose a game that best suits their individual learning style or switch between different game options to keep the learning process interesting. Learning everything based exactly on the expectations of your teacher – it can’t get any better than that!

I hope you find some time to take a look at Kahrds.com and see how it could benefit you and your students. I also wanted to ask if you could share it within your teaching community or include the link in one of your articles if you happen to write about valuable resources for teachers or students. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Thank you for your time and have a great day!

Dominika Richter

Good afternoon, I came across your website while doing research on student bullying issues in the United States. I found your website very interesting. The Michigan law firm that I work for receives calls for student bullying lawsuits every week. This prompted us to create an infographic showing facts and statistics about student bullying in our country. Your readers may find it informative. I have pasted below a link to the infographic for you and hope that you find it interesting. If you do, please share it with others that you believe will also find it interesting or beneficial to themselves and others. Feel free to use the embedded code under the graphic to place the infographic directly on your site. If you have a Facebook site, we would appreciate if you would vote it a "like" (if you do of course) and also use your Twitter, Google Buzz, Digg, and other accounts to promote it as well. See appropriate social media buttons above infographic. http://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/student-bullying-in-united-states-statistics-and-facts.cfm

Take care, Kathryn Fish

Hi Kayla, I will ask our legal department and get back to you. Thanks for thinking of us.

Nancy

Hi Kayla, I have to check with our legal department first. Was there a particular post you were interested in? I will get back to you via email.

Thanks for thinking of us! Nancy

Hi Nancy!

Quick question about the Classroom Solutions blogs. I am working hard to grow my own blog that features the best bulletin board ideas I find on the web. Would it be acceptable to feature ideas shared here? Several websites have allowed me to use their pictures in my post as long as I link back to their site/give proper credit and I was wondering if that was allowed or strictly prohibited by the Scholastic platform...

I found an archived idea that I like {from Inside Jennifer's 1st Grade Classroom} and composed a sample post to give you an idea of what a feature article would look like {you can find it here >> http://bulletinboardideas.org/1146/good-citizens-classroom-management-bulletin-board/}. I'd appreciate if you'd take a look and give me your feedback or point me in the direction of someone who might give me the proper permissions. My intent is not to "poach" content and if there are any problems, I will certainly take down the post immediately!

Thanks so much! Kayla Johnson kjohnson@mpmmgmt.com

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thanks!

Thanks for visiting! I think that is a great idea to form a PLC with bloggers. There are so many talented, brilliant people out there and it would be great to reach out and form a group with them.

Happy teaching, Nancy

I will enjoy our PLC (Professional Learning Community)-Blog this year via Scholastic. Hey-can you be in a PLC with Bloggers? I bet it's possible if you write it up correctly.

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