science cluster teacher, grades 3-5, school sustainability coordinator,
progressive, Inquiry-based, student-centered
Certified teacher in elementary education in New York and Hawaii
-New York University: Steinhardt School of Education, MA Environmental Conservation Education (in progress), -MSEd in elementary education: City College of New York- CUNY, -Graduate courses taken at Bank Street College of Education, -BA in political science: Queens College- CUNY
It is my belief that children learn best when they are actively engaged. My goal as a teacher is to create an environment that allows all students to participate and feel embraced. I view my role as a teacher as that of a facilitator who guides students through lessons and activities to achieve their learning goals and create ownership of content. Accommodating Learners “The Teacher Unconditionally Accepts Students as they are, and expects them to become all they can be” Carol Ann Tomlinson I set high expectations for my students and a commitment to supporting all learners by creating an inclusive environment in which all can participate and feel embraced. I keep in mind the unique leaning needs of English-Language-Learners and special needs learners, I also take into account how to support different learning styles, and multiple intelligences. When planning, implementing and reflecting on my lessons I take into account Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligence. According to Gardner intelligence comes in may different forms and everyone has an area that they are intelligent in. So in order for me to support all learners I must ensure that I create my lessons such that they support different intelligence areas. In order for my students to achieve their best I must individually address the unique needs of each and every learner. Supporting ELL's In my classroom I place an emphasis on discussions. Keeping in mind the need to support many learners, discussion will take place in whole-group, small-group, partnership, and individual conferencing to help support students. Students will draw upon other classroom experiences such as reading, writing, drawing, and use of manipulatives to help support their discussion. My expectations that students are to participate to their best ability allows them the opportunity to share their thought and ideas and therefore have others contribute to his or her comments.