I have been an elementary school teacher for six years. It seems each year my job gets better and better. I love my classroom and all the students who enter, spend a year with me and graduate to a higher level. My son and daughter constantly amaze me with their insight and humor and are a continual inspiration. Somehow they keep me grounded while simultaneously send me on flights of fancy.
I firmly believe children love to learn, and we adults can either make them bored and miserable or enthusiastic and happy. I spend hours creating engaging and entertaining activities that teach all the skills they need in every required subject. I want my learners to love to come to school, and I have seen from my own schooling, my children’s and my students, that technology enhances the learning experience.
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SHINING TEACHER MOMENT
In my six years of teaching the youngest learners, two moments stand out. One is when our chicks hatched for the first time and the other was the first time I showed a volcano erupting on a big screen. The children worked diligently for 21 days to see live chicks emerge from their eggs and walk around as living beings. Since it was also my first time, we had a transcendent moment when we were all in awe of the event.
The second time I was overjoyed is when we studied geographical forms and my second-graders saw a volcano erupt on a large screen. The way they talked about it for days, you would think they were on the spot. I understood then the importance of large, colorful graphics to promote interest and memory and have used them whenever possible ever since.
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