Desiree Disney

Teaching Philosophy

I believe the world is our classroom and feel students learn best through active engagement and making real-life connections. I believe teachers have the power to spark curiosity and build a community of learners. I feel it’s important for students to work together and learn from one another.  I think it’s critical to implement different teaching strategies and methods to accommodate all learning styles such as linguistic, auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. I believe monitoring student progress is crucial for academic success and should be used to design coherent instruction. I also feel that it’s important to teach from the heart, expect the unexpected, be mindful, and teach everything with a purpose.

Overview of Curriculum

In ELA (English Language Arts), the students are taught to read phonetically, as well as taught sight words and word families. By the end of the year, the students are expected to read and comprehend books. They are taught to expand their vocabulary and use it through speech and writing.

In Math, the students are taught to identify, count, and write numerals to 100. They are taught to compare, combine and take away sets of numbers to 10. Two- and three- dimensional figures are taught and objects are compared and measured for length and weight.

In Social Studies, we study the world around us. Community helpers are identified, holidays are studied and the map of the United States is examined.

In Religion, the students are introduced to Catholicism. They are taught about Jesus, His family and His life.

In Science, the students are taught about matter, seeds, living things and insects.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all students are prepared to move to the next level. Once my students advance to first grade, I work with their teacher to give insight into any strategies that may help those students make a successful transition.

 Educational Background and Experience