My teaching career started while I was in college. I did four semesters of weekly observations in four separate semesters. Right before I graduated, I did my student teaching for a third grade class in a suburb of New York City, and I adored every second of it. I took a very short break, but found myself a job in 2006 as a long-term substitute. I have been teaching since. Up to now, I have taught the following age groups: preschool, and from third grade all the way to twelfth. For the middle school and high school grades, I focus on English, as that was my double major in college. Currently, I am working as a Catholic school teacher in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, and I love every second of it!
As a current teacher, I have made it a point to observe and remember what has taken place in all of the settings where I have done my field work, student teaching, as well as full-time teaching. Considering the countless theorists and theories that I have studied in my various education classes, I have tried to develop a teaching style that will succeed in providing a productive learning environment. The Constructivist learning model, which is loosely based on the theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky (among others), is a great tool which I do, and will, use as a teacher. It advocates the use of cooperative lessons in order to result in productive learning. Children learn from one another’s ideas or mistakes and if that is not incorporated into a lesson, then the concept may not be grasped by the child, which is a shame. I have witnessed several occasions where that has happened. I attempted to teach a concept, but some students found it difficult to understand. When paired up with another student, the partner was able to explain the concept to the confused student in a way that I had not been able to. Hands-on learning is just one of the many instructional strategies that I use in my classroom. Through my various teaching experiences, I have seen that student participation increases tenfold if the activity to the lesson is hands-on. Motivating students to want to learn should be one of the teacher’s main goals. It ensures that student interest is on the activity and the interest in the activity will grow into interest for the unit of study, the subject, and eventually school. Great lessons have gone badly because they could have been supported by activities that require the students to do something new and exciting, even if the activity is cutting laminated paper. Sitting in a seat day by day and doing the same thing each day is asking too much of students. They need to interact to make sure that there is social growth, as well as cognitive and behavioral growth. My goal for every year while teaching includes creating a learning environment that is not only hands-on, but interesting and connected to the daily goings on of my students’ lives. I plan on being flexible. I plan on providing my students with enough knowledge and support that they can get to a completely different level of thinking then the one they came in with into my classroom. My plan for reaching these goals is simple. I will be organized. I am going to make sure that each of my students feels safe in the classroom; violence has no place in my room. In order to see that the students, the classroom, and I are approaching the goals I have set, I will establish a way of determining the level of progress each one of us makes through assessment of various sorts, including: tests, questions, worksheets, workbooks, projects, rubrics, and various other forms of assessment which will be included in my lesson plans for the year.
Cum Laude Epsilon Omega Psi member Kappa Delta Pi honor society member
Studied at Seton Hall University and graduated with a double major in Elementary Education and English. Am now going to be attending Brooklyn College to work on my Masters in Arts for a Teacher of English degree.
I was raised within the public school system my whole life. My parents who are Polish immigrants understood just how important it was for me to not just practice my faith, but to live it as well, and could not afford to send me to Catholic school when I was young. Therefore, when I was old enough to apply to college I chose Seton Hall University due to its Catholic heritage. Working at an academy within the Diocese of Brooklyn is a fantastic opportunity for me to share all that I have learned about my faith and myself, as a Catholic. Not only am I able to talk about my faith, I also am able to encourage my students to live according to the Church’s teachings. I plan on motivating my students to be proud of who they are and all that they believe in, because it will make them stronger as adults.