“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

As an Elementary Educator, I create meaningful learning for students by helping them to engage in critical thinking, creative engagement, and hands-on experiences in order to instill a love for self-motivated learning in each student. I believe that all students are exceptional learners, in that each student has his or her own way of learning based on prior knowledge and experiences as well as current understanding.

Students should be able to explore and ignite their own learning by working individually and with others, by using music and images and words, and through movement. Studies have shown that physical activity increased both attention levels and productivity in the classroom. Thus, in order to increase engagement in the classroom, I believe in balancing the day with movement activities not only as “brain breaks” but also as a way to solidify content information into students’ long-term memory.

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look
but don’t tell you what to see.”

Alexandra K. Trenfor

  Students are individuals and should be assessed as such. Alternative assessments, like projects and presentations and portfolios, best allow for students to showcase what they have learned as well as allowing for there to be multiple right answers, individualizing each assessment.

To be a teacher is to live with a constant willingness to learn. In order to continually improve my teaching, I collaborate with veteran teachers in addition to teachers in my grade-level team. I will also allow for student evaluations through active learning, KWL charts before and after lessons, exit tickets, allowing students to teach each other whenever possible, as this allows for the highest retention rates in learning, and asking myself why I am teaching each lesson and what long term effects it will have on students.

 

“Students who are loved at home come to school to learn,
and students who aren’t come to school to be loved.”
Nicholas Ferroni

 

  Finally,school should be a safe and welcoming place for every student. My classroom is built on a foundation of respect and communication between each student and myself. This allows for students’ basic needs to be met so they can continue to learn. Additionally, students in my classroom are connected with each other.This peer connection creates a positive atmosphere that allows students to assume responsibility of themselves and for others.

  My name is Brianna Poster, and I am an Elementary Educator.