I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
Some people call this “classroom management”, but I prefer to think of this as how the students and I will build our learning community together. The environment we create will be one where students have a genuine voice in how they want the classroom to be, and they have the responsibility for ensuring that all students are welcome and respected so everyone can learn. It sounds like a big task for 3rd graders, doesn’t it? It is, and I have every confidence that these students are ready to meet that challenge.
In the beginning of the year, your child will come home with several writing assignments related to our goal of creating a safe and inviting classroom community. They will share ideas and refine their goals for themselves, their classmates, and their teacher. Our class mission statement will stem from their ideas, and it will be posted in the classroom and on this blog. Your child will keep a copy of their commitments in their binder.
My teaching philosophy is based on solid research about what works well in the long run for students. Students will learn to be responsible, kind, respectful members of our class, and they have a teacher who has a great deal of patience! The list below is a brief summary of how I plan to keep the classroom running smoothly.
- Students will be engaged in authentic, meaningful learning (which makes them less likely to be disruptive.)
- Students will learn the procedures and routines for each part of our day. Organization and predictability are essential.
- Students will be given choices at the appropriate times.
- Students will reflect on their learning and how they contribute to the learning environment for their peers.
- Students will see mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow rather than a statement about their character. This relates to “growth mindset”, which is posted on this blog.
My role in helping to create this community is to be a role model and facilitator. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach at The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, and I believe that your children will see my joy and passion for teaching. I am naturally an optimistic person, and that goes a long way in creating a warm and open learning environment. I look forward to getting to know each student and their family.