Teaching Philosophy & Classroom Environment
"The meaningful questions is never what we did yesterday, but what we have learned from it and are doing today" -Marianne Williamson
I believe all students have the potential to learn and grow. It is my job to facilitate that learning and growth by engaging students, instilling a love of learning, and fostering the confidence they need in themselves to persevere. I hope to cultivate a positive classroom environment through my interactions with students, approachable and friendly demeanor, and team building. My love of education comes from a heart for serving others and a growth mindset that sees challenges as opportunities to thrive and improve.
"Great leaders never set out to be a leader... They set out to make a difference. It's never about the role- always about the goal." -Unknown
Leadership is an important aspect of being a teacher. Not only are we leaders of our own classrooms, guiding the children to achieve their highest potential, but we are also leaders in our school and community, looked up to as role models. I strive to be a leader by promoting self-confidence in others, collaborating and sharing ideas, and working to achieve a goal. One of my favorite leadership roles was in being the Assistant Director for the 4th grade musical at a school in which I student taught. Over a 7 week process, I was able to work collaboratively with the directors as well as students to build a show- from technical elements such as props and sets, to performance elements such as choreography and blocking. It was truly a team effort that I was thankful to help lead.
Technology in the Classroom
Technology in the classroom today is vital. Not only are teachers using SMARTboards and document cameras nearly every lesson, every day, but students are becoming more and more accustomed to having technology at their fingertips all the time, meaning the classroom environment must adopt that practice as well. With so many excellent classroom technology tools, it can be hard to choose which ones to implement. However, after attending trainings and experimenting with these tools myself, I feel I have built myself a toolbox of some of the best technology platforms. From assessment tools to creation tools, technology is something with which I feel very comfortable implementing not only in my own classroom, but also sharing and training others within my school.
Culminating Technology Project
As a culminating project for our unit on the Industrial Revolution, students worked in groups, using Adobe Spark Video, to create a summary about an invention of their choice that was created during the Industrial Revolution. The videos were then turned in to QR codes and displayed in the hallway, along with their planning sheets, for people to see. See a student example below.