Hey everyone! My name is Jamie Lynn and I'm a junior at the University of South Alabama. I'm majoring in elementary education where I have a heart for teaching kids. Most people who meet me at first think that I'm shy, but once I get to know that person I usually break out of my shell. I'm a hard worker, and willing to do what it takes to get the job done. I believe that I can achieve anything I set my mind too. I want to instill this philosophy in the children I teach so that they can achieve their goals as well. One of my goals, after I graduate, is to enter the master's program here at South. If all goes well; I hope to continue my education and get my PhD.
As a teacher, I don't want a boring, "same old stuff", type of classroom. I will encourage my students to take the extra step, and challenge them to set goals. The sky is the limit for the children. New ideas will be always be welcomed, and I don't want my students to feel boxed in. I will always strive to bring new activities/lessons into the classroom for learning.
Every point of view will be taken into consideration. There is so much we can learn from each other.
"All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible."
I believe it's very important that we all work together. As a teacher, I will make sure that my students have activities that involve collaborating with others. The old saying, "Two heads are better than one", is definitely true. I know that the kids will be able to learn so much more when they break into groups. It will also give them an opportunity to share ideas, and meet new people. Not only does this philosophy apply to my students, but to me as well. I want to work with my students as much as possible.
"No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee." -John Donne
Open communication in my classroom is important. I want my students to always feel free to be able to ask questions or talk to me. No question is stupid or unimportant. If I'm not sure of the answer; then we can find out together. Class discussion will be encouraged, and I'm always up for a good debate. If the students have any problems;I will be there to listen. I don't want to just be their teacher; I also want to be a friend. I'll be someone to lift them up when their down, and hopefully they will know that I care.
"The first ingredient in conversation is truth:
the next good sense; the third, good humor;
and the fourth wit."
-Sir William Temple
Music will definitely be incorporated in the classroom. Studies show that students who can read/play music do very well in class. I always listen to music while I'm doing homework or working on a project. Soft music can help the students pick up on materials being covered in class at a faster rate. My 7th grade teacher would play music while we did our work. It always helped our class concentrate better, and our test scores were higher. It will keep the class interesting.
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
I will strive to keep my classroom a positive environment. It will be a place for students to be able to learn, and share their thoughts. I will try to always have a positive attitude, and encourage that behavior within the children. It will be a time for the kids to have fun, and use their imaginations. Everyone will have the same opportunities to excel in my class.
"I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
My classroom will always be opened to new technology. It's so important to teach our students how to use this gift so that they can communicate with the world. Technology creates all kinds of opportunities for the children.
Here is a list of a few tools that I will as a future teacher:
1. Webquests- This makes learning so much fun for the kids, and it encourages them to think outside the box. It also discourages "burp back education".
2.Google- Google has so many good advantages for the classroom. The children can create their own presentations. It also allows them to email, and create forms.
3.Skype- It's so easy to use; I taught myself how to use it in 5 minutes. It encourages communication with other students or teachers.
4. Blogging-Students can write their own opinions and ideas for everyone to see. It encourages creativity.
"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." ~Carl Sagan