I empower my students by providing them with opportunities to feel confident, capable, successful, and important. I do this by:
- Giving them a voice in their learning – I am constantly asking them for their feedback and allowing them to vote on certain classroom decisions. I also use a lot of surveys and conferencing to help gauge how students are feeling and what they like/dislike.
- I give them choice in their learning – I am not always telling them what they have to do. I give them options and let them pick what they’d like to do. We also work on passion projects where they get to just focus on area they are passionate about.
- I help them make goals for themselves and we are constantly reflecting on them.
- I model and teach them how to have a growth mindset not a fixed mindset. Only growth mindset phrases are allowed in our room.
- I incorporate the 7 habits of highly effective students into my instruction as well as follow Mr. Covey’s suggestions from his Leader in Me book.
- I strive to make my lessons relevant and show them the real life connection as much as possible.
- I encourage them to do their best, push them to take risks, and praise them for trying as well as for succeeding!
I am a firm believer in proactive teaching as well as the use of positive behavior supports. I try to anticipate what will happen and when, rather than waiting for something to occur and then react. I create a caring, trusting, and respectful environment in my classroom with clearly defined expectations. I spend a lot of time modeling what appropriate and inappropriate behaviors look like and sounds like. I don’t give up nor do I give in. I allow my students to take risks, learn from their mistakes, and accept responsibility for their actions and feelings.