When I think back about my career in teaching, many things come to mind. I remember as a young girl, in fourth grade how much fun my teacher made each day and how maybe one day I would be just like her. When I was in high school, I began to think about my future, but teaching was not really my first choice, until my English teacher encouraged me to think about a career in education. For that moment on I knew that I wanted to be a teacher.
In order to help students learn, a teacher must have a strategy to guide them to success. I believe that one of the most important aspects of teaching is to be prepared for each day. To know the subject material that will be presented and to be able to present the information in a knowledgeable way.
Being prepared also means getting to know my students on a personal level. I should be aware of their skills, areas of strength and weakness and what interests them.
As an educator it is important to treat each student as an individual. This means that I may have to teach lessons in a variety of ways to emphasize a particular point. Students should be encouraged to participate and discuss topics in order to help them achieve success in the classroom. It is also my responsibility to make each student feel safe and confident in the classroom.
Overview of Curriculum
Fourth grade is a big year for students. In this academic year, students are expected to make a transition in which they will go from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” For the first time, students receive grades in all major subjects, including Social Studies and Science.
The ELA (English Language Arts) curriculum focuses on students’ ability to Read, Write, Use Language skills and to be able to Speak and Listen in class.
- In Reading, students read both Fiction and Non-fiction texts. We focus on character, story elements, facts and opinions, and students learn to make inferences.
- In Writing, students focus on the three main reasons an author writes: to persuade, inform and entertain.
- In Language, students focus on vocabulary development, spelling skills and use of formal and informal grammar rules.
- Speaking and Listening are incorporated into all areas with a focus on being prepared for discussions and being able to provide positive feedback.
Math focuses on multiplication and division involving multi-digit numbers, fractions equivalence and operations with fractions, and geometric figures.
In Social Studies the unit of study is Pennsylvania. The students learn about the geographic locations of cities and rivers in Pennsylvania, the first people in Pennsylvania, the development of the State, the wars that led to our Independence, and the way in which government shapes our state.
In Science we focus on Patterns of Weather, Movement of the Ocean, Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter, Life Cycle of Plants and Animals and the Human Body Systems.
In Religion, the main areas of study are the Commandments and the Beatitudes. We look at God’s Laws of Love and Jesus’ Pathway to Happiness and discuss how to show our love for God by living as His Children.
- Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Temple University
- Masters in Education with emphasis on Reading, Chestnut Hill College
- Certified in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education
- Pursuing certification as a Reading Specialist