My Teaching Approach
My approach, which promotes the middle school philosophy, utilizes active student participation in exercises, using content to develop skills and challenge students through practices such as cooperative learning and authentic assessment. Students in my classroom are cognizant of the goals they must achieve through rubric grading and clearly defined objectives. My training and experience have shown me that students learn best when they are active participants in what they are learning. My emphasis is on the development of skills (learning and communication), critical thinking, and self-esteem using the social studies curriculum. I have worked with my students to improve essay-writing skills, which is imperative to communication and the expression of knowledge. Additionally, I have continued to integrate the latest computer technology with the social studies curriculum through the use of PowerPoint presentations, Internet applications, and word processing.
I have consistently relied on parent-teacher contact and their cooperation to enhance my effectiveness in the classroom and enabled me to develop a support network as an educator.
I hope to serve as a positive role model to my students, to create a nurturing classroom environment, to build self-esteem, to enable students to grow both in and out of the classroom, and to prepare students to face the challenges of life.