editing disabled

Recent Changes

Wednesday, May 13

  1. page home edited {kindergarten_kids_002.jpg} About Me ... teaching journey! In the picture I am happily posing …
    {kindergarten_kids_002.jpg} About Me
    ...
    teaching journey! In the picture I am happily posing with my kindergarten students on my last day of student teaching at D.J. Montague Elementary School.
    Student Teaching
    In Fall 2008, I began my practicum experience at D.J. Montague Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia. This elementary school is a K-5 environment that educates approximately 600 students. D.J. Montague is a school comprised of very diverse students. I began my practicum in an inclusion kindergarten classroom with Mrs. Robyn Moore, my wonderful cooperating teacher. During this time I also observed in every grade level at D.J. Montague. In addition, during my practicum experience I observed and taught language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science lessons in a variety of grade levels. I worked with special education as well as gifted students during this time. My student teaching experience began in Spring 2009 with Mrs. Kate Sikes, an amazing individual now in her 13th year of teaching. Again, I am working with kindergarten students and loving every minute of their academic, social, and emotional growth. This kindergarten classroom has been more of a challenge due to the greater number of behavioral problems. I welcome the experience and am learning and implementing effective classroom management techniques. Regarding collaboration with other teachers, I have the great privilege to work with a kindergarten team of five women who posess numerous years of teaching experience. As a team we co-plan our weekly activities, lesson plans, and field trips. Pictured to the right is Room 229 Kindergarten Team! (Mrs. Lisle, Ms. Robins, and Mrs. Sikes)
    (view changes)
    10:56 am
  2. page home edited {kindergarten_kids_002.jpg} About Me ... University in Farmville, Virginia. Farmville. While…
    {kindergarten_kids_002.jpg} About Me
    ...
    University in Farmville, Virginia.Farmville. While at
    ...
    and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a
    Student Teaching
    In Fall 2008, I began my practicum experience at D.J. Montague Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia. This elementary school is a K-5 environment that educates approximately 600 students. D.J. Montague is a school comprised of very diverse students. I began my practicum in an inclusion kindergarten classroom with Mrs. Robyn Moore, my wonderful cooperating teacher. During this time I also observed in every grade level at D.J. Montague. In addition, during my practicum experience I observed and taught language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science lessons in a variety of grade levels. I worked with special education as well as gifted students during this time. My student teaching experience began in Spring 2009 with Mrs. Kate Sikes, an amazing individual now in her 13th year of teaching. Again, I am working with kindergarten students and loving every minute of their academic, social, and emotional growth. This kindergarten classroom has been more of a challenge due to the greater number of behavioral problems. I welcome the experience and am learning and implementing effective classroom management techniques. Regarding collaboration with other teachers, I have the great privilege to work with a kindergarten team of five women who posess numerous years of teaching experience. As a team we co-plan our weekly activities, lesson plans, and field trips. Pictured to the right is Room 229 Kindergarten Team! (Mrs. Lisle, Ms. Robins, and Mrs. Sikes)
    (view changes)
    10:55 am
  3. page home edited {kindergarten_kids_002.jpg} Kindergarten students at D.J. Montague Elementary School before the…
    {kindergarten_kids_002.jpg}
    Kindergarten students at D.J. Montague Elementary School before the annual Halloween parade!
    About
    About Me
    Welcome!
    ...
    young students. Currently,In May 2009, I am a graduate student atgraduated from The College
    ...
    in Williamsburg, Virginia. I am pursuingVirginia with a Master's
    ...
    in Elementary Education with an anticipated graduation date of May 17, 2009.Education. Personally, I
    ...
    and pies! I am SO eager to begin my teaching journey!
    Student Teaching
    In Fall 2008, I began my practicum experience at D.J. Montague Elementary School in Williamsburg, Virginia. This elementary school is a K-5 environment that educates approximately 600 students. D.J. Montague is a school comprised of very diverse students. I began my practicum in an inclusion kindergarten classroom with Mrs. Robyn Moore, my wonderful cooperating teacher. During this time I also observed in every grade level at D.J. Montague. In addition, during my practicum experience I observed and taught language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science lessons in a variety of grade levels. I worked with special education as well as gifted students during this time. My student teaching experience began in Spring 2009 with Mrs. Kate Sikes, an amazing individual now in her 13th year of teaching. Again, I am working with kindergarten students and loving every minute of their academic, social, and emotional growth. This kindergarten classroom has been more of a challenge due to the greater number of behavioral problems. I welcome the experience and am learning and implementing effective classroom management techniques. Regarding collaboration with other teachers, I have the great privilege to work with a kindergarten team of five women who posess numerous years of teaching experience. As a team we co-plan our weekly activities, lesson plans, and field trips. Pictured to the right is Room 229 Kindergarten Team! (Mrs. Lisle, Ms. Robins, and Mrs. Sikes)
    (view changes)
    10:54 am
  4. page home edited {kindergarten_kids_002.jpg} Kindergarten students at D.J. Montague Elementary School before th…
    {kindergarten_kids_002.jpg}
    Kindergarten students at D.J. Montague Elementary School before the annual Halloween parade!
    About Me
    (view changes)
    10:51 am
  5. page home edited {Kindergarten_Halloween_Picture.jpg} Kindergarten students at D.J. Montague Elementary School …
    {Kindergarten_Halloween_Picture.jpg}
    Kindergarten students at D.J. Montague Elementary School before the annual Halloween parade!
    About Me
    (view changes)
    10:49 am
  6. page Philosophy of Teaching and Learning edited In the summer of 2008 as I began to prepare for a career in education I found myself reflecting on…
    In the summer of 2008 as I began to prepare for a career in education I found myself reflecting on those teachers and professors who I greatly admired as a student. Although I realized I needed to find my own teaching style, I wanted to possess some of those qualities that I admired in my former educators. I wanted my future students to say that I was a teacher who was organized, comforting, positive, and stimulating. After my practicum and student teaching experiences, I still firmly believe that effective teachers possess the previous characteristics I mentioned. However, now I have a much better understanding of the importance and necessity of classroom management in the elementary school environment.
    {kindergarten_kids_007.jpg}
    Organization
    Organization is a
    Although organization and classroom management are not identical, I believe they tend to coincide in the elementary school classroom. Previously, I believed organization was just as important as management, however, I considered them different topics. Now I feel that organization and management can go together and be very effective. Young children crave and need boundaries in the elementary school environment in order to have the most rewarding educational experience. I believe in taking a proactive and positive approach when it comes to classroom management. For me, pointing out students who are being successful is much more desirable than criticizing less successful children in the classroom. In addition, attempting to avoid the negative behavior altogether is much better than only addressing misbehavior after it has already occurred. I consider classroom management one of my strengths as an effective elementary school teacher.
    I also hope to create a classroom where my students feel at ease and able to express themselves. From personal experience, I know that a class contaminated by fear is not a classroom where students excel to their full potential. When children know they will not be ridiculed for answering incorrectly or asking a “stupid” question, then learning and student curiosity will have a chance to blossom. As a teacher I hope never to discourage a child through my hurtful words or body language, but I would also like to create an environment where other students know the importance of respecting their peers. I will never allow a student to make his or her peer feel inadequate by calling them a name in class or making rude remarks towards another child. Students know in some classes they can get away with demeaning other students, however, that classroom will never be mine. While I cannot control everything that occurs in the hallways or the cafeteria, I can make my classroom a safe environment for all students.
    (view changes)
    10:45 am
  7. page Philosophy of Teaching and Learning edited In the summer of 2008 as I began to prepare for a career in education I found myself reflecting on…
    In the summer of 2008 as I began to prepare for a career in education I found myself reflecting on those teachers and professors who I greatly admired as a student. Although I realized I needed to find my own teaching style, I wanted to possess some of those qualities that I admired in my former educators. I wanted my future students to say that I was a teacher who was organized, comforting, positive, and stimulating. After my practicum and student teaching experiences, I still firmly believe that effective teachers possess the previous characteristics I mentioned. However, now I have a much better understanding of the importance and necessity of classroom management in the elementary school environment.
    {kindergarten_kids_007.jpg}
    Organization is a key element when creating an atmosphere conducive to learning. When a teacher is not properly prepared, unfortunately, the students are the individuals negatively impacted. I strongly believe that before coming into the classroom a teacher should have an idea of what material is going to be covered and have all the necessary resources available. However, I want to strive to be an educator who is organized but also flexible. Life does not always go according to plan and the same truth applies to the school setting. A teacher should be aware that on some days their lesson plans may not be fully covered and on other days students will have personal problems which may affect their school work. I whole heartedly want to be that teacher who can occasionally put a child’s life and emotions ahead of their education. I do not want to minimize the importance of a child learning the skills and content expected in their grade level, I just want to be a teacher who realizes that there are other important and powerful forces in a child’s life. Although I believe the basic purpose of school is to educate students, some of the educators who I greatly admire today taught me lessons about life that did not receive coverage on the SOL test prep book. However, years after I have forgotten numerous of the facts, dates, and formulas they taught me, I still remember their meaningful words of wisdom.
    Although organization and classroom management are not identical, I believe they tend to coincide in the elementary school classroom. Previously, I believed organization was just as important as management, however, I considered them different topics. Now I feel that organization and management can go together and be very effective. Young children crave and need boundaries in the elementary school environment in order to have the most rewarding educational experience. I believe in taking a proactive and positive approach when it comes to classroom management. For me, pointing out students who are being successful is much more desirable than criticizing less successful children in the classroom. In addition, attempting to avoid the negative behavior altogether is much better than only addressing misbehavior after it has already occurred. I consider classroom management one of my strengths as an effective elementary school teacher.
    (view changes)
    10:44 am

More