I truly love teaching and aspire every day to instill a love of learning in each of my students. I was inspired to become an educator when I was in third grade. I learned three valuable lessons from my third-grade teacher, which I strive to put into practice while I teach. The first lesson I learned was to LOVE reading. Each day I share my love of reading with my students. Children in my classroom can look forward to listening to a chapter book every day. I enjoy reading old classics like Charlotte’s Web or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but also enjoy finding new classics like The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. There are also plenty of opportunities for children to self-select books to read independently during our reader’s workshop. The next lesson I learned was never to hurry and never worry. I say this to my students all the time.
Learning is a lifelong journey and should not be rushed. This process begins by establishing a sense of community in my classroom. The students are taught to respect each other, their classroom and school and their community. With deep respect for each other, my classroom becomes a warm, caring a safe place where students are free to embark on their learning journey. Students in my class have time to think independently and collaboratively, share ideas and take risks. The final lesson I learned was to spark enthusiasm for learning. Not all students learn the same way.
I attempt to meet each student where they are academically, socially and emotionally and find a method to best suit their learning needs. I want all students to love all aspects of learning. One assignment that allows students the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways is the second-grade Image Making project. Through this year-long project, students become artists, storytellers, writers and finally published authors. I am a teacher who loves teaching and learning alongside my students, who love learning.