Melody Ryser, M.Ed., studied Special Education and Elementary Education at Western Washington University, graduating with a dual endorsement and Special Education degree in 2011. She received her Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University in 2020. Melody also became a National Board Certified teacher in 2018, certifying as an Early Childhood Generalist. She has since supported other educators toward certification as a trained facilitator and cohort leader.
Melody has spent ten years teaching in low-income school districts with a passion for early elementary and primary grades. She constantly renews her passion for education and learning and strives to support her students with new strategies and best practices. Melody is enthusiastic about helping other teachers best support their students, and her experience and expertise will motivate you to try new things in your elementary classroom.
Course No. ED475x, ED575x
Learning through play is a developmentally appropriate and essential activity for young learners. Opportunities for play and choice in elementary classrooms are dwindling, yet there are enormous benefits of utilizing structured play. While it is especially important in preschool and Kindergarten settings, research shows that students up to fifth grade benefit from regular play in their schedules. And best of all: children enjoy and engage easily in it!