In Room 4

I believe...

"...success in a classroom depends on ... having a set of beliefs that guides us in our day-to-day work with children." (Miller Debbie. Teaching with Intentions p. 4)

I believe...

A classroom environment needs to be organic- in the first few weeks I return to school, it is all about the room! I strive to create an environment that resembles home (which we live in for eight hours a day, 180 days a year).

I believe...

"...few children learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to lure them into the wonderful world of the written word; someone has to show them the way." (Prescott Orville). Teaching reading and how to read are complex endeavors. Through the workshop approach every child learns at their own pace using real books. This design truly makes learning individualized and authentic.

I believe...

"Writers make stories for people to live in as carpenters make houses." (Peterson Ralph. Grand Conversations p. 18) In the writing workshop my children write about what matters to them, what they want others to hear about. Through group mini-lessons, one-on-one conferences, and publishing parties my children are proud of the writers they are.

I believe...

"It is only when you build from within that you really understand mathematics..." Through problem solving and manipulating of materials my mathematicians are accountable for more than memorization but a firm understanding and ability to explain solutions. Listening to and understanding my students' thinking is one way I better teach my mathematicians strategies.

 I believe...

"Unless we (the adults) are learners- people who don't give up in the face of a challenge and believe it merely takes longer- how can we believe our students to be capable of sustained effort? When we are learners we model the behavior we want to see in our classroom. We believe in students only when we can truly believe in ourselves." (Steele Carol. The Inspired Teacher p. 230)

I believe...

"...we must embrace all of the dimensions of what it means to be a professional." (Routman Regie. Conversations p. 9) I consider myself well informed, learned, articulate, and politically and professionally active. I decide- within the parameters of local guidelines- what the curriculum of our classroom will be. Real life isn't scripted. Neither is real teaching.

I believe...

If I am to be a life role model for my students (not just a literacy role model) I need to be seen as an educator who can not only plan and evaluate but also, as a fascinating person who leads an interesting life of compassion and purpose. Perhaps that is the greatest challenge of all. When I am not in the classroom you may find me attending ASU (go Sun Devils), reading, traveling, doing yard work, working out, playing pretend with Leah, camping, hiking, swimming or enjoying my wonderful husband and daughters company.

I believe...

"Above all, we need to learn to trust the books, trust the children, and trust ourselves." (Harwayne Shelley)

 I am honored to be a teacher. I truly feel one of the greatest gifts I have is to work alongside children each day!