My Professional Progress

"In teaching others we teach ourselves"  - Proverb

Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction


I graduated in the Spring of 2018 with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Technology

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2018 Stem Coalition Conference


2018 Texas STEM Coalition

Attended and presented at the Texas STEM Coalition in Galveston. I attended several great sessions to improve inquiry of PBL, integration of past with new engineering innovations and enrichment of PBL through writing.

I presented with Jason McGregor at the STEM conference using best practices by "Enhancing Student Engagement and Performance in PBL." We presented our knowledge of PBL and how we have found that Content Specific Roles help raise accountability, authenticity and engagement.

Action Research PBL implementation


Enhancing Project Based Learning Through Content Specific Roles and Dissection of 21st Century Skills to Impact Student Performance and Engagement at the Elementary Level.


Work in Progress it will be Complete by the End of April


Technology Independent Study/ Digital Citizenship PBL


Mrs. Burke-Hicks and I were assigned an Independent Study class that focused on us finding a technology issue with in our school. We choose to address the level of implementation of technology TEKS in the classroom. We decided to create a PBL that focused on teaching the 9 themes of digital citizenship combining Elements of Design in Art, ELA expository compositions, persuasive techniques and nonfiction text structures and features.  Students were assigned one of the 9 themes of digital citizenship and in charge of designing a digital presentation to teach that theme to the 3rd and 4th grade. They also had to create a poster to create awareness as well as an engaging activity to assess the younger students knowledge over the theme that was taught. 

Independent Study: Implementing Project Based Learning to Explore the “Why” Behind the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship


PBL: Launch Doc. - High School Student Council Officers introduced our Launch pushing the WHY digital literacy is important.


PRODUCTS: Digital presentation:



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Professional Development WORKSHOPS


Kernel Writing Workshop


In order to improve my students writing and help create less formulated compositions, I brainstormed with my new writing content tested coworkers in both 7th and 9th grade ELA. They had heard of Kernel Writing and used it in the past. I decided I would try it and learn how to use it. I watched many YouTube videos and read the books below to help me familarize with the new strategy to writing and learn how to implement it in the classroom. 

The Books I read were: 

"The story to my Thinking" and "Crunch Time" By: Gretchen Bernabei


Summer Workshops 2018


Content Workshops in areas Students Struggle


Fourth grade Writing tends to be one of my most challenging subjects that students struggle in. I do see growth from Benchmark to Benchmark, but I am always looking for new ways to have students discover their own voice and learn how to improve their writing through revise and editing.  I feel as though teaching grammar tends to be the content I struggle with the most. I attended a Grammar Crafting Workshop in February at Region 7 to look for new ways to implement teaching Grammar. I learned how to use Mentor Sentences through Literature to gain interest as well as teach concepts of grammar. 

2018 - Writing - Revise and Editing Workshop at Region 7 - 2/20/2018

067901 Grammar Crafting: The Art of Teaching Grammar

Professional Developement


2017 Coursework focus in PBL for Masters Course Curriculum Foundations 



2018 Curriculum and Instruction Course Work. 

History of STEM EDUC 5306: I analyzed why STEM was created and how it has impacted our future. 

I analyzed information through research and  and interviews from people that were apart of STEM creation during the civil rights movement.

Minority’s experience of education during the Civil Rights Movement.docx

EDUC 5301 and EDUC 5302 Action Research 

My action research is based on holding students accountable with authentic student specific roles through project based learning. 


Writing Academy TAP and THINK workshop

TAP and Think.pdf


PBL Coach Walkthroughs

PBL Coach Walk Throughs 2/12/19


This Observation was during PBL design time and focused on my classroom environment during this time. 

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This walk through focuses on knowledge of content. Samantha Rector states my ability teach content rich activities through the lense of Social Studies and Science. She also explains how I am able to build upon past knowledge in order to gain new content knowledge. 

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PBL Coach Walkthrough 3/2018


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This walkthrough focuses on my strengths of promoting deep reading comprehension  as well as my ability  to facilitate stations with a deep understanding of content. 


2017 Content Coach Walkthrough


2017-09-26 14-50-23 Natalie Woods.pdf

This walkthrough demonstates my understanding of the process of Expository writing and is able to explain the pieces to the students through the Lorax example. It show my ability to integrate reading and writing by have students respond to literature using figurative language and RACE short answer response writing strategy. 


ELA Content Coach Walkthroughs


2015/2016 ELA COACH WALKTHROUGHS- Jennifer Rasberry

ELA Coach Walk through Jan 13 2016.docx


2016/2017 ELA COACH WALKTHROUGHS - Jennifer Rasberry

ELA Coach Walkthrough Oct. 2016.pdf

Woods Observation Dec 7.xlsx


2017/2018 Coach Walkthroughs- Jennifer Rasberry 

9:2017 Coach Walkthrough .pdf



EC-6 Generalist

4-8 English Language Arts 

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ESL certification 

ESL Exam Score.pdf


Special Education Certification

Special Education Exam Score.pdf