Hello students and families, my name is Venus Matos and I am currently a prekindergarten teacher. I am from Chicago and I am currently working on my degree at Grand Canyon University!! I have been working with children from all age groups since 2006. My first job was at a daycare center working with two year olds and from there I moved up to working with prekindergarten, where I have been for the past four years!! I truly love and enjoy teaching and it has always come natural to me because I'm nurturing and have a big heart!!
My teaching philosophy is simple, love what you do and share it with the world. I am sharing my passion for education with your children to give them the best learning experience I possibly can. I will provide a safe, nurturing, and welcoming learning environment to every child in my care.
"The future depends on what you do today." Mahatma Gandhi
Let's have a great school year,
My student engagement strategies
Creating an engaging classroom environment is my number one most important strategy for keeping children engaged. No one wants to walk into a chaotic classroom with no organization. Students learn that their classroom has separate stations they can go to so they can engage in those activities and socialize with other classmates. The classroom must be visually pleasing and full of activities, children should never be bored in a classroom. Some children are sensitive to sensory problems and may become disengaged and need some quiet time outside of the classroom. Let’s do our best to meet the needs of all our students.
Collaborative learning is activating peer relationships and group activities to build social skills that lead to student engagement (Weimer, 2012). Enable students to develop their social and cultural diversity. Students want acceptance and feeling of belonging through active relationships with others. Incorporate movement through use of whiteboards, partner work, stations, and songs and dances (Hurst, 2013). This enables engagement through social skills.
Much research has been created to show that giving students 5-7 seconds of ‘think time’ after the teacher asks a question (Hurst, 2013). Rushing through a lesson could lead to disengagement. “Students engage when they act as their own learning agents working to achieve goals meaningful to them.” (Weimer, 2012). Allow students to create their own classroom goals and direct them to reach those goals through encouragement and confidence. Lastly, challenge your students. Speak to them in academic language even if they have never heard the words you are speaking, that’s why they are there to learn them. Use real life examples, go outside in nature when learning about insects or recycling. Sit with your students and have open-ended questions about what you are learning that day or that week. Allow time for students to speak their minds and share their opinions.
My Philosophy of Classroom Management
My beliefs about teaching stem from theorist like Albert Bandura and Jean Piaget. Bandura believed that children learn from their social environment and Piaget theorized that children learn and grow through a series of stages from birth to adulthood. I see these theories in play every day and truly believe that children learn from social interaction and go through stages of growth while in our care.
I believe that children learn by observing others behaviors around them whether that be at home or at school. As they grow through stages throughout their childhood they are constantly learning by observation and mimicking what others are doing around them. While these children are in our care for most of the day they are surrounded with visuals of letters, colors, shapes, and sounds. They also have sensory manipulatives at their level that they can touch and grab at any time. Learning opportunities are constantly happening in the classroom and hopefully at home as well, as their social environment expands. Everywhere they go is an opportunity to learn.
I believe my role in a child’s learning is to provide them with love, care, security, trust, and knowledge. A child is with you for most of the day and you must build trust and security so that child is comfortable with you. The love and care that you show them will help build this trust and security. After this happens teaching them becomes easier and the child will open up to you and respond positively toward you. This goes hand in hand with your role with the families, they put their trust in you to take care of their child. Parents also come to you for advice and it’s important that you give them honest feedback or show them where to go to get what they need for their child. Building strong relationships with the families is very important and there is always open communication.
My philosophy will give your child all the tools and resources they need to have a successful learning experience in my classroom. Every child is treated with respect and compassion and as their role model I want them to treat others with the same respect and compassion to use throughout their lives to become productive citizens in future society. I also believe that my professionalism shows my competence in being able to teach your child all they need to know about the world around them. I love teaching children and I chose this profession because to see a child smile entering my classroom every day is just pure joy.