In more classes at Longwood than I can count, I have been taught a substantial amount about the varying array of students I will have in my future classroom. I want my classroom to be very discussion driven and have a large amount of collaboration between students.
After visiting my placement for the past few weeks, I am starting to realize how difficult it may be to have participation from all my students. I have seen students who are disengaged, reluctant, or sometimes even resentful to the curriculum. This has made me think more about what paths I might take in an effort to break these students’ walls down. I want more than anything to have an inclusive and supportive classroom.
I do not yet have a definitive solution to this anxiety of mine. I have been thinking of a variety of ways I can try to get students to enjoy time spent in the classroom, but I believe it may take some actual experience and time to determine the most effective strategies.
To be a meaningful supporter of diversity and social justice, I want to first become educated on all the varying cultures that are reflected in my school and classroom. By educating myself on the cultures, I can avoid accidental disrespect to my students. I want to incorporate this into my classroom curriculum so my students can gain an appreciation for all cultures.
After doing this, I want to make it a goal for myself to stay educated on current events involved social diversity. Through books, media, television, music, and other mediums, I want to stay educated while simultaneously educating my students. The bulletin board our English 480 class created is an example of how different mediums can be used to educate all students.
My respect for diversity should not only reach out to my students, but to their families, and into the community. I want to be just in all aspects of my life. I want my students to see my example of how I remain respectful to others in all circumstances, and possibly be inspired to do the same.
I read Walter Dean Myer’s book entitled Monster last year and think it would be a fitting book to introduce into my classroom. The narration is ambiguous, but it encourages the reader to draw their own conclusions about the plot. Differentiating between the actual events in the book, and the events we are lead to believe are true because of the culture, would be an interesting lesson.
I am excited to be your child’s English teacher for the upcoming school year! I am looking forward to the year ahead, as it will be a time of great academic growth and achievement for your child through the study of English. I understand that every child learns differently, so it is my goal to teach in a variety of ways to ensure overall progress from each student.
Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding your child’s education. I have listed my Email and phone number below. I check my Email very frequently, so it is likely you will receive the fastest response from me that way. If you call and I do not pick up right away, I will be sure to get back to you in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your time, I look forward to teaching your child!
Rules for class:
1. Respect me and other students at all times.
2. Come prepared to class. This means all assignments should be turned in on time and you should bring the proper supplies to be able to participate in classroom activities.
Rules for me:
1. Grade assignments quickly and fairly, and return these grades to students promptly.
2. Respect student diversity and encourage growth in every single student.
3. Create engaging and effective lessons.