I graduated from McGill University in 2010 with a degree in Kindergarten & Elementary Education. In addition to my four field experiences, I have taught elementary students, ESL adults, and special needs students in Thailand, worked at a kindergarten in Cusco Peru, and spent the year as a substitute teacher in Melbourne, Australia. I am currently working at a preparatory elementary school in St. Kitts and was just assigned the grade 3/4 split class. I am excited to learn from all of you and hopefully share my ideas and lessons as I go alone.
The foundation of my teaching philosophy is that all children are born achievers who just need someone special to believe in them. I will not just teach; I will nurture them, care for them, love them, and draw out the best in them giving them a sense of importance and dignity. Children need to be constantly told they can achieve (rather literally) whatever they dream. Celebrating each child for their strengths creates a safe, comfortable, warm environment where they can all believe they are much too special, unique, and bright to be less than he or she can be. My students will be challenged daily and I will not accept the word “can’t” in the classroom. Structure and discipline are two things that children often times act like they do not want, but in actuality appreciate and need; they see it as a form of caring. Realizing each students own personal learning style can only aid a teacher in managing their classroom in an effective and stimulating way that allows each child to learn by their own standards. Reflecting on my past teaching experiences, I feel as though I was not the only one teaching in the class; they were teaching me as well as their other peers showing a great role of leadership. I have learned many things about my teaching style and what works best for me. This learning process will continue throughout my education as well as my stages and again all through life. Teaching, after all, derived from the Latin work to lead and that is exactly what I will be doing; leading my students to happiness, success, accomplishment, and the list goes on. • Treat students with respect • Treat all students fairly. Give students what they need to enable an equal amount of success for all students. • Student-based learning where students are in control of their own learning. • Implement relevant, cross-curricular, and project based learning. • I will provide my students with social and educational experiences outside of the school. • And most of all...have fun learning!!
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