Never could I imagine myself sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day. My outgoing, creative personality has led me to a career in teaching. Growing up I found myself in many leadership positions and loved helping others reach their goals. Now, I use all those personality traits to help students become lifelong learners. A lifelong learner is one who has the know-how to solve any problem.
Rarely, will an outsider walk into my room to find it quiet. Through music, talking, and hands-on projects my students learn and explore the world around them. Students are asked to discuss, share ideas, and develop solutions through communicating with their group or partners. Much of this communication is structured using Kagan. Music is used to transition students, help them remember important information, and simply for enjoyment. Whenever possible I incorporate manipulatives, project based learning, and movement to help students learn. When learning the water cycle, my students learn motions to go with a song. Students make United States maps with a large cookie and have to label the landmarks they are expected to know. In math we play dice games, and use play-doh to create fractions. When the curriculum does not allow for movement or manipulatives I use brain breaks to get the students moving. The students love participating in the Cha Cha Slide or the pretzel game. Movement provides oxygen to the brain and the more oxygen in the brain, the more they are going to absorb. Technology is my favorite, using programs such as Powerpoint, Publisher and sometimes Word. Students create an array of projects. My students also use several different websites regularly to assist in their learning, such as Study Island, Think Central, and IXL.
My role as a teacher is not to just teach the skills that I find listed under our content standards, but I see myself as a facilitator. Students must be able to use basic problem solving strategies. Instead of answering questions directly, I assist students in helping them find the answer. I am here to communicate their progress and help them set goals for improvement. My role is to assist parents in helping their child succeed at school and at home. I only expect three things from my students: be respectful, be responsible, and do your best. These three things are posted at the front of the room. I encourage praising each other whether they are in groups, with a partner or as individuals and I do not accept negative attitudes. Parents are a key player in their child’s education. The more involved they are, the more they are able to help their student. I believe that every parent should be a cheerleader for their son or daughter.
The purpose for education is not only to learn how to read and write, but it’s purpose is to prepare students for the real world. Students learn communication, cooperation, and life skills that are important for the world outside the school building. Many students are not provided with these skills at home. More and more students are coming to school with lack of parenting. As an educator I feel it is my job to step in and teach those basic social skills. While many educators feel this is not their job, I recognize that it’s not a choice if you want students to learn and thrive in the classroom. Teachers have to keep up with the consistently changing world, and I feel it is my responsibility to keep up with the latest in research through attending various conferences. I expect my students to be lifelong learners, so I choose to model being a lifelong learner.