I am confident that children learn best when surrounded by positive, enriching, and interesting experiences. I think children need to be in a warm, safe environment to optimize learning, but also an environment that allows them to be creative and think outside the box.
Positive reinforcement should be given to boost a student's confidence, but an efficient classroom management system between the teacher and students needs to be in place in order to establish an understanding of rules, and keep order in the classroom.
The classroom should be a high quality, literacy rich environment to maximize learning. I also believe that parent involvement is a crucial aspect of a child's education and is an essential tool in successful learning.
I believe I demonstrate each item mentioned above in my teaching. I implement lessons which require the students to practice and apply what they have learned in creative and innovative ways.
I have a classroom management system in place that not only provides me the opportunity to give positive reinforcement and praise, but also holds students accountable for their actions.
My classroom is a literacy rich environment that incorporates both teacher and student made work. I have amble student work on display from all subject areas, anchor charts that the students can refer to while working, and skill based interactive anchor charts that the students help me make for the content we are covering.
I pride myself on parent communication and believe I do an excellent job of keeping my parents up to date on everything that is happening in the classroom. I send home a newsletter that covers everything we are learning for the month, and use Class Dojo and email to communicate with my parents daily.
Class Dojo is a tool I use often because it has so many wonderful features that allow me to quickly update parents and keep them involved. I send photos of the students hard at work via Class Story, and also use this to send home photos of any notes going home so nothing is misplaced. The parents appreciate this communication and feel they are always aware of what is happening in my classroom.