April 16, 2008To Whom It May Concern,I had the privilege of being Lindsay Shumaker’s field instructor from the School of Education at the University of Michigan. I first worked with Lindsay in her year longstudent teaching placement in the elementary teacher education program. During thistime I worked with Lindsay in her third grade student teaching placement at MartinLuther King, Jr. Elementary School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I also taught the weeklyelementary education course that accompanies the field placement. It is through our interactions in the elementary classroom and in the university seminar that I have come toknow Lindsay as a student teacher and a future educator.At the very beginning of the semester Lindsay took on the planning and teaching of theEveryday Math curriculum completely. She studied the curriculum materials, plannedand taught for almost the entire semester of student teaching. As early as the secondweek of student teaching Lindsay was teaching math when her cooperating teacher wasunexpectedly absent and there was a substitute in the room. I was impressed withLindsay’s ability to get to know her students with the use of multiple assessments, planlessons that reflected this information and follow the lesson with further assessment of student understanding. Lindsay’s planning provided detailed information that gaveinsight into student learning in a way that made it possible to individualize and modifythe content.Lindsay taught all of the content areas during her student teaching. Lindsay planned andtaught the guided reading groups. She also taught many science lessons including hands-on experiments during the teaching of the unit on light. She frequently taught literacythrough a variety of teaching tools in both whole group and small group instruction.Lindsay was certified to substitute teach during her student teaching and filled in for her cooperating teacher on several occasions. Lindsay’s knowledge of the curriculum and of her students along with her professional and personal maturity gave her a unique abilityto take on the responsibilities of lead teaching all areas of the curriculum.During her lead teaching Lindsay modified, planned and taught a unit on essay writing.The unit was adapted from the Lucy Calkins writing curriculum. Lindsay led the writingworkshop by starting each session with a whole group discussion of a review from the prior session, a particular focus for the day and then independent writing. Some of thelessons included developing a thesis statement, writing topic sentences and using outsidesources for information. Students published their final drafts and presented them to their classmates at the close of the unit. Lindsay also created a bulletin board to display theessays and had students read them to another class.