Framingham State University (Education)
My name is Brittany. I love teaching. I discovered this passion when I was in elementary school. My dream was to make learning fun and exciting. Now, I am going to be graduating with a teaching license for grades 1-6. I want to teach in the elementary grades for several reasons. One reason is that I love working with children. There is so much energy and excitement in these grades. The second reason is the lessons, which are fun and creative, but help students learn and remember important skills they will need for school and life. Additionally, I want to foster a love of learning.
I have been training and learning various ways to help students achieve academic success and encourage students' confidence in learning. I found while teaching, that I love working one-on-one with students. It allowed me the opportunity to spend more time making sure students understood a lesson. I have not had the opportunity to tutor outside the classroom. However, I am experienced with making lessons interactive and accessible to students. I have been substitute teaching for two years now and have experience teaching various grade levels and subjects. Additionally, I spent four months co-teaching in a third grade classroom. While there, I developed lesson plans for social studies, math, science, and literacy. Furthermore, I helped students become more confident and capable in the classroom.
I helped students become more confident and capable by developing lesson plans that had students applying and practicing skills and knowledge they have learned. One social studies lesson featured a treasure hunt. The students had to apply their new map knowledge to a map of the classroom in order to find the treasure that had been hidden around the room. Another lesson involved teaching students about place value. I taught students how to play the game “Place Value Battleship.” This is a lot like Battleship, however, it has students actively thinking about and interacting with place values. It was a big hit, and helped a lot of students understand place value to the millions.
I also worked with students on reading. It was difficult for students to work on specific skills, such as questioning or finding causes and effects. I found any opportunity to get students actively thinking while reading and applying these skills. Read alouds are a great way to model good reading practices. In the classroom, during read alouds I would model a reading practice, such as questioning, then I would have students try it themselves with my guidance. When the students were reading their books, they would then independently practice the reading skills they had learned. This gradual release model really helps students become comfortable with skills. The students became more confident with their reading and began to enjoy our read alouds. I love reading, and my enthusiasm is contagious. Read alouds become sacred, and it is always devastating when we have to wait until the next day to read the next chapter. The complaints of having to wait were one of the biggest rewards I received while teaching.
My goal is to continue encouraging students' confidence in learning and helping them develop life long skills such as reading, while making sure learning is as fun and enjoyable as possible. Hope to hear from you soon! Hello,
My name is Brittany. I love teaching. I discovered this passion when I was in elementary school. My dream was to make learning fun and exciting. Now, I am going to be graduating with a teaching license for grades 1-6. I want to teach in the elementary grades for several reasons. One reason is that I love working with children.