As a teacher, I
have the unique opportunity to nurture the curiosity and
excitement of a young child. Upon entering my
classroom, I want each student to feel a sense of wonder in
a safe and creative environment. I feel that my role
as a teacher is one of facilitator.
Children are encouraged to experience learning through a
hands-on learning environment and to research their
questions. My role is to serve as a mentor and to
guide them through the research and discovery process. I feel strongly that instruction should be
activity-based, not textbook driven, and it should engage
students as they experience all aspects of learning. I also feel
that students should take ownership of learning, therefore, students are
taught to work in small, flexible groups and to actively discuss and
explore new ways of thinking by sharing their thinking with others.
Children's literature is very near
and dear to my heart. I believe a good book can be the best kind of
teacher. A good book can inspire us to expand our horizons, delve deeper
into real world issues, contemplate one's actions, and above all learn
new and exciting things. In my classroom, books are at the center of
instruction. Children's literature is frequently used to teach math
concepts, explore the craft of writing, support science and social
studies concepts, and used to explore a reading kind of life.
Students in my classroom are
surrounded by books. It is my goal to teach students how to become
readers and to have a passion for reading. Students
experience reading through a Reader's Workshop format.
Children participate as readers through shared reading,
independent reading, and reading groups. Reading
should be fun, but it should also be purposeful. I
feel that if I can teach students how to ask meaningful
questions of text, interact with the story, and connect
prior knowledge to what they are reading, then I have given
them a gift that will last a life time.
During Writing Workshop,
students begin to look at text from a Writer's point of view. Writing is
a very creative and exciting craft. Being able to communicate one's
thoughts and feelings is a critical skill in today's society. By
learning from mentor author's, student can hone their skills as a writer
and discover themselves in a whole new way. It is my goal to foster
students' passion for writing and to incorporate research in the writing
process. In addition, I feel it is important that students learn how to
write non-fiction text. Therefore, writing is often integrated with
science and social studies concepts, which allows students to gain a
deeper understanding of the standards taught.
During Math Workshop, students are
often introduced to new concepts through children's literature and
hands-on investigations. I feel that although skill and drill may have
it's place in a traditional approach to math instruction, I believe
students should be allowed to work collaboratively with their peers to
investigate mathematical thinking. Students in my classroom are often
presented with math concepts through the use of games, math stations,
manipulatives, math investigations, and real-world approaches to
critical thinking and problem solving. I also believe that real
understanding begins with talking and sharing of ideas. Therefore,
students in my classroom are encouraged to have math journals and share
their thinking with others. Discourse is key.