Thank you for checking in and caring about your child's education! That's the first step to us having a fabulous relationship, because I care too!
I have three children, two of them in school, and immense experience dealing with teachers, their expectations, and the standards the State of CA requires in elementary education. My son is now 16 years old, and I have closely followed his education since kindergarten, as well as his speech therapy needs, as a twice exceptional child also involved in the GATE program. My daughter is in second grade, and I have followed the curriculum for kindergarten and first grade as of late, as I too have a multiple subject teaching credential through the State of CA, and have solo taught at the second and fifth grade levels, as well as substituted for several years.
I have an incredible enthusiasm for learning, as I was raised to be a lifelong learner, and I plan to extend my beliefs to all my students via education through lessons that involve learning about WHY we learn, not just what we need to learn to make an acceptable grade. My philosophies include life lessons that help my students understand how behaviors and attitudes in life make us who we are, and can help to determine how successful we are in life. Positive outlooks and enthusiasm play an important role in building great enthusiasm for learning, and greatly help students understand the need to learn to move forward to be successful adults.
My lessons also incorporate hands on techniques whenever possible, including manipulatives, or "props", if you will, that help students learn in a variety of ways. I understand that visual learners need to see what is expected, while kinesthetic learners need to touch and feel things to make an imprint about the lesson content, by having hands on experiences. I am extremely interested in getting to know a child, via their strengths and challenges, their likes and dislikes, their opinions, and as much input from family members as I deem necessary, as that information can be crucial to my lesson plan designs. I prefer to speak with the parent/guardian first to obtain needed information, and shortly thereafter, I like to interview the child, either verbally or written, in whatever way is best for each individual child, so that I may put together a plan of action and coursework that will best suit each child.
I am more than open to suggestions and conversations that will help me do whatever is necessary to make your child successful academically and personally. My main goal is to create an environment, a rapport, and a plan of action that will help your child reach the goal that you both are seeking. I ask in return that you simply understand that building that rapport, and creating that plan of action with lesson plans designed and geared specifically toward your child's success, may take some time, and cannot always happen overnight. I promise to be flexible and understanding, and work with you, your child, and your schedule, and requests to reach the mutually respective goal of making your child successful and confident in the area of coursework where they feel they are challenged.
I truly look forward to learning more about your expectations and what you are seeking for your child. We will initially discuss your concerns, and immediately create a mutually agreed upon goal for your child to reach, to build confidence and enthusiasm, and we will go from there as each goal is reached. We will also discuss in detail why we learn, and why it is important to gain the skills needed at each class level, as well as what goal it is we are striving for, how we will reach that goal, and what reward or result we expect when we reach that goal.
Learning involves a multitude of factors that need to be properly aligned to succeed, and oftentimes once those factors fall into place, a child will have a better idea as to why moving forward in their education makes sense, which also helps them better understand and focus on learning in and of itself. Learning must be fun, engaging, and relatable to each individual child's interests, which oftentimes teachers either fail to do, or do not have enough time to do in a classroom. Struggling students often benefit from individual attention, and lesson plans specifically designed to include their interests, which is why tutoring can often be the answer for many students who do not get the attention they need in a classroom.
I truly look forward to meeting you and your child, and getting started on a plan designed to help them succeed. From there, you not only achieve improvement academically as goals are reached, but you are also blessed with witnessing a child that has more confidence in their abilities to achieve their goals as they realize their own personal capabilities, and that makes it all worth it for me!
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