New Beginnings

Happy New Year 2013!  Tomorrow opens a new and exciting chapter in my life as I embark on my student teaching adventure.  I am thrilled to begin my first teaching placement in a 6th Grade classroom!  Of course I would be lying to say that I am not experiencing some “first day of school” butterflies!

This new change in my life has caused me to think a lot about my philosophy of teaching.  What will my purpose be in the classroom?  How can I best help these children learn and grow? 

As an educator I promise to provide a safe and thought-provoking environment for my students which is conducive to growing academically and socially.  I firmly believe it is my role to execute engaging lessons that 1) foster critical thinking and problem solving skills, 2) promote a culturally diverse and respectful learning environment and 3) encourage students to be independent and creative decision makers.

I have heard from others already gone through this process that one of the greatest benefits of being a student teacher is the real life experience and knowledge you gain from working with students and being in the classroom.  Having taught preschool for the last two years, I could not agree more.  No matter how much you may prepare for a lesson, the truth of the matter is that once you are standing in front of those students, you just do not know what to expect.  As a teacher you need to be able to think on your feet, role with the punches and come up with creative ways to improvise lessons based on your students’ varying needs.

I am excited for the new road ahead and the different people I will meet.  Over the next 16 weeks I will continue to develop and expand upon my teaching philosophy.  I am truly grateful for this opportunity.  Cheers to a new year!

Ms. Vince

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