“A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.” ~Terri Guillemets.
Teaching is an art. It requires time, patience, creativity, attention to detail, and the continual drive to be better at the task at hand. As teachers we have the responsibility to equip the youths of America with the highest level of education and character development possible. By doing so multiple opportunities are available for each and every child that passes through the threshold of any school. To accomplish the goal of empowering children there must be sound curriculum, character development, accountability for one’s actions, and a gentleness and heart for what is best children.
The first impression of my classroom is a fun, energetic, and positive learning environment. Once instruction of procedures and routines has been taught with diligence, the focus can then shift to the new and exciting subject matter. Key focuses in my classroom include: individual development, mastery of key grade level concepts, social transformation, and character development. Students who leave my classroom at the end of the year find that they have gained more than just intellect; they emerge well-rounded while being prepared for future educational and life challenges.
Parent communication and partnership is a key element to success in the classroom. A strong parent-teacher relationship further supports student learning and growth. Frequent communication and updates to families are part of my weekly priorities to ensure that all students are encouraged and successful.
I believe each child is a unique individual that deserves a safe, caring, and inspiring learning environment in which to grow and mature in both academics and character. By utilizing active engagement strategies, giving immediate feedback to students, and continually monitoring each students’ progress, in addition to thriving in a positive classroom atmosphere that has high expectations my students find themselves discovering a love of learning that is demonstrated through mastery of concepts and positive character traits. No matter the learning style or need for differentiation in lesson plans, all students have an equal opportunity to be exposed to new ideas and the world that awaits them.