"And the point of education should be to transform you - to teach you how to be transformed so you can ride the waves as they come." -Junot Diaz
Why do I teach?
I teach because I have the opportunity to be a part of my students' lives in a positive way. In a brief amount of time, I am able to encourage them, support them, and teach them to trust in their own abilities. Along my journey, thus far, I have witnessed what a positive influence can do to change my students, especially those who are not getting the support they need at home. The connection I get to create with my students is a powerful aspect of teaching and one that I highly respect.
How will I grow in my profession?
It is important to stay up-to-date on practices and techniques in the teaching profession. Equally important, it is necessary to be reflective of your own methods throughout the years. I plan to engage in professional development whenever possible and to continually observe other teachers. Education needs to be relevant and as a teacher I want to be as connected and up-to-date as possible. I plan on continuing my graduate studies in the coming years. Furthermore, I plan to seek out opportunities to better myself in my personal life as well as professional life.
"Looking around your classroom, I could not see a single student distracted. Every single student was on task. You're doing an awesome job!" -Dr. Gruwell
Make sure to connect with those teachers that you work with. It is important to have a mentor who can help you grow in the classroom as well as support you emotionally. My team at La Contenta has helped tremendously and I am extremely grateful for them.
Resource 1- Flocabulary.com is an amazing website with tons of resources. Not only do they have videos designed from the classroom for every content area, they also post a weekly rap video of global current events that is highly engaging.
Resource 2- Briding English by Joseph O. Milner and Lucy F. Milner is an amazing book for English teachers. It has hundreds of ready to use lessons and examples for everything under the English sun including reading, writing, poetry, and analysis.
Resource 3: Noredink.com is awesome for teaching grammar and assessing students as they work. Students are engaged as the sentences are based on movies and tv shows they like. The lessons are differentiated based on skill level.