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Share2Learn was designed and is maintained by me, Renée Goularte.
This website journey began as a way to gather and categorize my own and other teachers' lessons and ideas for the classroom. I created it in the early 1990s when a colleague gave me a copy of website software that she had won in a contest and didn't want. I thought, well... why not make a website about teaching? Over time, it has expanded to include photos of student work samples, teachers' stories from the classroom, a collection of Internet resource links for teachers and parents, and much more.
Share2Learn has always been an ongoing work in progress and process, with many teachers having contributed successful teaching ideas to the site. It has become a vast depository for the ideas and lessons of many people. Teachers and parents are invited to borrow and use any of the ideas found here, as long as credit is given to the original source, and to this website.
More about me...
I have been a teacher, a writer, and an artist, and have always been a perpetual student. I love learning and creating new things, and alternate my time between a number of assorted projects.
My professional teaching career began in San José, California in 1988 in a third grade classroom. I soon moved to 2/3 combination classes and then spent four years teaching in a Multiage 1-2-3 program, which I started with a colleague. I have also taught a 4/5 combination class and Kindergarten, and have worked specifically with GATE students, ELL students, and at-risk students in all elementary grades, In my last two years of teaching before I retired in 2010, I taught Art to Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students. For me, teaching Art was coming full circle. I have a BA in Art and English from San José State University, where I earned Standard Secondary and Multiple Subjects teaching credentials, as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Mathematics. I am also Montessori-certified.
Along with my classroom experience, I have written articles on teaching, written lessons professionally, maintained a number of websites and blogs, and facilated workshops for teachers and parents. Plus, I sell my own classroom-tested art lessons and other teaching resources on TeachersPayTeachers.com.
In addition to this website, I maintain three blogs: Creating Art With Kids highlights the Art lessons I've done with my students, peripheral visions is a collection of random thoughts mostly related to art-making and writing, and Art In Process specifically documents my own creative process. I also have a website that serves as an online gallery to showcase my watercolor, drawing, and mixed-media art work. I participate in a monthly poetry workshop group. Some of that poetry occasionally finds its way to my peripheral visions blog.
Creating Art With Kids is also a book, a collection of art activities for elementary classroom based on the elements of design -- many ideas I have used over the years in my classes. It is self-published, and can be purchased through me. Follow the links for more information about this book.
In addition to teaching, making art, and writing, I have presented Art, Math, and Language workshops for teachers at the California Math Council's yearly conference at Asilomar in Monterey, California and at the California Association of Bilingual Educators' yearly state conference in San José, California.I have also written lessons for Read-Write-Think and also for Santillana USA Publishing.
Click here for a list of some of my writings, art, and lessons online.
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