Philosophy of 4K and Elementary School

A preschool and elementary teacher's role in the classroom is to supply direction, engage young students, and project warmth and enthusiasm for learning. I consider it my primary tasks to set a firm, positive foundation for a child's learning experience. Child-led activities are an excellent way of engaging children in their ideas, as well as making their learning a positive experience.  Such activities in my own classroom include: Find the Letter, wherein students are given the name of a letter and asked to move about the classroom showing fellow students, and the teacher, where that letter can be found.

Teacher-led activities are a great way of supplying direction and support in student learning. Activities like this in my own classroom include: Letter Pantomime, as well as Dramatization, wherein I lead my students in acting out the shape of a letter or the events of a story. Children learn best when they are engaged and encouraged. To facilitate this in their learning experience, my classroom includes opportunities to cheer, dance, move, and play. 

My students and I dressed as "Max" from, Where The Wild Things Are

All of these activities not only engage my students in their learning but also prepares them for participating and collaborating with their peers, equipping them to be thinkers, readers, and writers, excited to engage with the world around them.

Teaching practice never happens in isolation, especially teaching preschool and elementary grades. Along with activities and lessons, I incorporate a specific classroom management plan, one that is guided by the principles of warmth, direction, and an enthusiasm for learning. 

By following this process of direction and redirection while projecting warmth and enthusiasm, my students gain a firm understanding of what they're doing "right" as opposed to whey they're doing "wrong." In this way, they are constantly receiving my support and encouragement as they not only make strides in their reading development and comprehension, but also gain an excitement for reading and writing.