Currently I am working as a TTOC and will have a classroom of my very own in September! I will be graduating in August 2015 with a Bachelor of Education, minoring in Curriculum and Instruction from Simon Fraser University. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. My desire is to teach at the intermediate level. I have a passion for teaching Math, particularly developing number sense and problem-solving. I want to become a teacher because I am passionate about developing positive working relationships with students so that they can achieve their individual potential and grow as lifelong learners.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments!
Philosophy of Education
I believe the classroom should be a compassionate environment where students are heard, valued, and inspired to grow as learners and individuals. Teachers have a responsibility to ensure that all students feel safe within the classroom. As a teacher, I will seek out individual relationships with my students and incorporate their passions into the classroom whenever possible. I will model respectful behavior at all times and will not tolerate disrespect towards peers or staff from students or myself. My goal in the classroom is to create safe culture of vulnerability, coupled with respect, where students can voice their concerns, share in each other’s successes, and rely on each other at all times. Students will understand their rights and responsibilities towards developing a positive classroom culture through explicit teaching, modeling, and reflection.
I believe that teaching should inspire growth, curiousity and accomplishment in students. I believe the purpose of school is to provide a safe environment where students can develop social skills, gain knowledge, and achieve their individual potential. I believe all students should have an equitable opportunity to learn and grow and that each student provides a valuable contribution to the classroom. I believe students should either be given learning goals or have the opportunity to create their own and be given concrete tools and strategies to achieve them. Students should be given choice wherever possible and should be able to find opportunities in the classroom to pursue their passions in an academic setting. I believe curriculum should be used as a tool for shaping a child’s learning in the classroom but should not be the ultimate reference for their success as a learner. In my classroom, I need to be sensitive to the needs of my students and provide differentiation in every context. Inclusion plays a role in my classroom where all students are included in every learning opportunity but not all are expected to meet the learning objectives in the same way.
Feedback and Assessment
I believe that as a teacher I have the responsibility to listen to my students, hear where they’re at, and provide them with relevant feedback and advice. Feedback should always be descriptive, applicable, and timely. I believe learning is a lifelong process that is often times difficult to quantify and should be evaluated according to individual progress and circumstances. I believe evaluation should be used to encourage growth and reflection and not to discourage the personhood of students. Students should be given ample opportunity to practice without penalty and should be allowed to demonstrate their learning in a way that feels authentic to them.
I believe my role within the school community is to collaborate with my colleagues, seek help from others, mentor new teachers, develop relationships with students outside of my classroom through extracurricular activities, and demonstrate a commitment to the values of the school. In addition, I need to partner with my school to support the parent community. I believe parents/guardians need to be supported as much as possible in order to ensure the success of their child. This looks like regular communication home, developing relationships with the parents of my students, and being a sensitive observer to the context and conditions that my students come from.
I believe my role, as a teacher, is to leave a legacy of creativity, passion and acceptance and to provide positive relationships in the lives of all my students. Everything that I pursue for my professional growth should have this goal in mind. It is essential that my career adopt a growth mindset that is willing to replace irrelevant practices and be constantly looking towards what will best help my students in their learning. I must model to my students what life-long learning looks like, what it looks like to make mistakes, and how to have a healthy attitude around growth and success. I commit to regularly seeking professional development so that my practice and classroom can benefit.