NAME: Mrs. Moore
SCHOOL: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
CLASS: 4th Grade
SCHOOL PHONE: 452-1571
I am originally from the Stevens Point area where I attended Catholic elementary school. I earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in Elementary/Middle School Education and earned my master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Lakeland College. I taught fifth grade at a Catholic school in Iowa City, Iowa for four years, second and fourth grades in Athens, Georgia, and fourth grade in Sheboygan for the last seven years.
I believe a teacher is someone who provides all students with the materials
they need to reach their highest potential. As a teacher I know this may
require me to alter my classroom environment or teach each lesson in several
different ways to accommodate the many learning styles of my students. In
order to help my students perform to the best of their abilities, I
differentiate my curriculum so that those who learn more slowly can grasp
the core concepts, while allowing more advanced students to explore the
topics in greater depth. Since all students should be actively engaged in
learning at all times, I provide more than just busy work for students who
finish assignments early.
As a teacher it is important for me to make my classroom a place
where students feel comfortable taking risks and participating. To ensure
this, I strive to create an environment that enables my students to ask
questions, discuss topics with their peers, debate various points of view,
and utilize numerous reference materials. This approach fosters active
critical thinking rather than passive absorption. By engaging students in
this way I help them understand the connections between our curriculum and
the real world. My experience has shown me that students who value what
they are learning are more likely to retain it.
Classrooms that emphasize active student involvement must be
balanced by an effective discipline program. I feel it is very important to
let the students know my expectations from the outset so that there is no
confusion when consequences come into play. This clarity is vital to a well
structured discipline program so that whether I am disciplining or praising
children, they know that I respect them and am acting fairly in accordance
with their behavior. My students know they have the opportunity to earn
both my reprimands and my compliments.
The respect and citizenship I promote with my discipline program
help me to instill the importance of character within my students. In
addition, I do my best to model strong ethics, equality, and self-worth
daily. I treat all of my students and peers as valuable regardless of any
personal, physical, financial, or academic differences. For some of my
students I may be the most influential adult in their life, playing the part
of teacher, role model, or counselor. In assisting my students with their
non-academic challenges, I am helping them reach a level at which they will
be capable of focusing on educational issues.
There is not one single most important area in teaching, for each
one is necessary to meet the overall goal of academic success. To be the
best teacher I can be, I focus on the big picture and remedy individual
obstacles along the way. I realize that, despite my best efforts, I won’t
be able to reach every student in the ways I would like to, but I believe
that it is the role of a teacher to constantly strive for this.
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