Phone: 469-952-5404 ext.3174
Degrees and Certifications:
Associate of Arts General Studies Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies
I teach 6th and 7th grade ELAR at Clark Middle School. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisplinary Studies in 2019, and graduated from Collin College with an Associate of Arts in General Studies in 2015. Education is my passion, and my dream job. I have two children that have joined the Panther Pride district, and they love every minute of it.
Importance of Teaching
As an educator, teaching is important to me because, it will allow me to enrich the lives of young children. It will allow me to help guide students to better understand concepts using multiple strategies, unlike how I was taught in school. I am inspired to teach children that, there are multiple ways of thinking. I believe that a classroom is a second home to most students. I understand that some students prefer to be in school than at their own homes and that they need consistency and security in their lives. I believe that it is important for educators to provide consistency and security in their classrooms. I believe that by being an educator I can instill confidence in students to thrive for success through any type of adversity. I want to teach students to have a growth mindset. I believe that education is more than just teaching academics. Educators also teach life skills.
My teaching philosophy is closely related to that of a constructivist. I believe that students interests play an important role in student success. If students are not interested in the content being learned, and the teacher cannot use the students interest to connect to content then, the students will be unsuccessful in their academic career. I believe that by providing students time to reflect on what they know or learned is really important for student success. Students need time to evaluate their own learning and teachers need to observe student reflection in order to differentiate teaching properly. Students need interactive learning to build understanding of concepts through many activities and using manipulatives if needed. (WNET, 2004)
The desired outcomes that I have for my students is to instill a growth mindset. Help all students meet the state standards. I want all students to learn how they can thrive in school. I want to teach them that it is okay to mess up or make mistakes, because mistakes are how we learn. I believe it is important to model making mistakes in the classroom and demonstrate how to come back from it. Students will learn that it does not matter if you do not get it right the first time, but that you keep trying. Students will learn how to build a growth mindset in my classroom through many different teaching methods.
I plan to build students growth mindsets, following Alfie Kohns’s student Directed Learning theory, because we both believe that having an interactive and lively classroom promotes children to learn. I plan to have a classroom that is lively, interactive, and student centered. If a child is off tasks I will not discipline him/her, but rather ask “what is being asked of the child to do”. (Kohn, 1995) I will encourage self-reflection with myself and with the students. I will identify any triggers to their behavior and address them. Like Alfie, I will try to adjust my teaching to fit the needs of the classroom. Alfie Kohn’s asks why and how to make transitions better in the classroom. He does not automatically want to put full blame on the students when they began to fail. He looks at all points and perspectives before handing out consequences. (Kohn, 1995). I plan on having a classroom environment that is safe and open to all. I will assess my students outcomes through the students self-reflections. To help students learn through interactive activities, by having multiple activity centers to help the students understand what they are learning, and to use it in practice. I will encourage student voice and allow them to feel comfortable exchanging thoughts and ideas to assess their outcomes. My students will be encouraged to ask why questions. I plan on incorporating the constructivist views in my classroom. I hope to keep learning from Piaget and Vygotsky. I hope that I can learn to use the workings of Gardners, to find how the students are thinking. I will differentiate my instruction when it is needed to meet the needs of all students.
It is important to build positive relations with students, to instill trust and safety in the classroom. I thrive to provide them safety in the classroom as well as warmth and comfort. Having a classroom environment, where students are encouraged to be creative, feel safe, and are provided the right tools are an important key as an educator. Students that feel like they cannot express their creativity tend to not give any effort in subjects that they find difficult. Encouraging creativity will help students think out of the box when it comes to difficult tasks. They will also feel important and valued in the classroom. Students need a safe environment, to be creative and to learn, and to not feel judged or incompetent. The classroom environment should feel welcoming to those students that have a hard time outside of the classroom. Having a safe classroom will also help motivate the students to want to come to class and learn. Students need all the proper tools and materials to learn difficult subjects. Teachers have the responsibility of teaching multiple ways of thinking in order to have successful learners. Students that have disabilities should have the same opportunities as those who do not have a disability. As a teacher it will be my responsibility to ensure everyone has the same opportunities to learn. To create an emotionally safe classroom I will make sure that all students know that I care about their well-being. Having a positive relationship with colleagues is important to the success of my classroom. If I do not know how to handle certain behavioral issues or any other school related matter I should be able to go to a colleague for help. If it is a sensitive or confidential matter it is important that I have a positive relationship with the principal and counselors of the school so that I can ensure the safety of my students and their success. I will encourage those students to talk to other teachers or counselors when they don’t feel comfortable talking to me. I will understand if they feel the need that to talk to someone else and learn why and adapt. I will make safe quiet areas in the classroom for those students that get upset, such as, a decorative cubie, or reading area. For those students who get emotional, upset, or angry I will pull them aside and ask them why they are getting upset to defuse any situation to the best of my ability. I will allow them to cool off outside the classroom such as, taking a restroom break or speaking to the councilor. I will listen intently and care about what they have to say. If students are having verbal arguments I will stay calm and ask them one at a time to stop, and step outside to listen to their point of views. I will try to help them solve their conflict, if I cannot I will ask for help from other teachers or counselors. I will encourage classroom discussions and discourse when there are major conflicts so that all student’s opinions can be heard. I will encourage writing in journals for those student’s that do not like to communicate orally. I will make sure to listen to all student concerns about other students and let upper administration know what is going on in my classroom that is making other feel unsafe if need be. I believe it is important to keep an open line of communication with the parents of the students. If they have any questions or concerns it is important to take time to talk with them. Having open communication with the students' parents may help you understand any behavioral problems that may be happening in the classroom. You may also hear that students are having a hard time with their peers or content related matter. Keeping a positive relationship with parents and family members is beneficial to all students' learning.
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