• My Educational Background and Philosophy

     
     

    nI was an undergraduate at Rutgers College and received my B.A. in Psychology. Then I attended the Rutgers Graduate School of Education where I received my Masters in Elementary Education. I graduated in May of 2004 (5-year program).

    nMy goal is to create a caring classroom environment where students will feel comfortable and unafraid to take risks. If students feel that they are part of a safe community in the classroom, they will be motivated to learn. Our classroom incorporates techniques of the Responsive Classroom approach, such as morning meeting, is one in which students feel a sense of belonging and a feeling of significance.
     
    nAll students are unique and learn differently. These differences are accommodated for and celebrated in our classroom. This is achieved through the differentiation of the curriculum. A few ways in which we differentiate in our classroom are through guided reading, writer's notebooks, higher-level questioning, math extension activities,  and the use of interactive notebooks in science.

    nStudents need to be actively engaged in the learning process in order to be motivated to learn. They benefit from hands-on and investigation-based learning activities. Our science units are taught in an inquiry-based manner in which students explore information by making hypotheses and experimenting on their own. Instructional approaches for teaching math emphasize meaning and understanding in mathematics opposed to memorization of meaningless symbolic procedures. In our classroom, students take an active role in mathematics by testing ideas, reasoning, and offering explanations.

    The parent-teacher connection is extremely important in a child’s education. I truly believe that the school, home, and community are overlapping spheres of influence on children’s education. Parents and teachers have a shared responsibility for children’s learning and development. They need to work together in order for children to reach their full potential.

     

    Most importantly, I want my students to enjoy learning and being at school. By putting these practices and beliefs into action, students will be provided with the skills and desire to become lifelong learners.