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 teacher is one of facilitator and researcher.
Children are encouraged to experience learning through a
hands-on learning environment and to research their
questions. I feel strongly that instruction should be
activity-based, engaging students as they experience all
aspects of learning. I also feel that students should
take ownership of learning, therefore, students in my
classroom are taught organization skills and what it means
to be responsible.
Reading is very near and dear to my
heart. I began reading before entering kindergarten.
My mother empowered me to experience reading in a tangible
and real way. I can't imagine life without books.
It is my goal to teach students how to become good
readers and to have a passion for reading. Students
will experience reading through a Reader's Workshop format.
Children will 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.