Welcome to Taryn’s Unique Learning. My name is Taryn, which rhymes with Karen, and for years people have butchered the pronunciation of my name. And just by the way I explain my name should give you a clue as to what I do! I am an intervention teacher who has taught over 25 years (gulp!) and I work with students from Kindergarten through Fourth Grade who struggle in reading and math. My job description has changed over the last few years and currently I am responsible for Tier 2 and Tier 3 RTI progress monitoring, instruction, and all the paperwork for my kiddoes going through the RTI process. In general, my like and dislike of the job, is that it is NEVER, EVER, EVER the same job two years in a row. Last year I worked with only first and second graders but this year I am currently slated for first, second, and third. Some years are reading only, while some years are reading, math, and life in general! Every year can be fresh and new, except my OCD tendencies make me want to wake up every single day with all my ducks in a row, and sometimes…..they just aren’t!
I have had the opportunity in my career to work in an inner-city school setting, having taught Kindergarten and a K-1 multiage class for eleven of my years. Wow…was that enlightening. And after eleven years, it was time to move on, and I landed in my current position, in a more suburban setting. I began as an intervention teacher for the first few years, followed by teaching first grade for six years. I’ve been back in intervention for a handful of years. While the joys and stresses of being a classroom teacher are huge, I have found both different joys and stresses as an intervention teacher as well. I try to approach my job with the viewpoint of “What would I want from my intervention teacher if I was the classroom teacher” and I think many that I work with really appreciate that outlook.
In addition, I got married to my husband (who will be referred to as “The Hubs” from now onward) when I was 40 and he was 45. Navigating these new waters has definitely been an adventure for both of us over the last several years! And fitting in a very different home life while teaching has been eventful, to say the least. We live with “my dog”, an aging but still spry West Highland Terrier, Izzy, who “The Hubs” still refers to as my dog. Izzy (Isadore if he is bad!) is my mascot and you will see him all over my blog, Facebook page, and Teachers Pay Teachers products.
So thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope to hear from you and certainly hope that you gain some “unique” insights, tips, and tidbits while you are here.
What an adventure,