As a teacher, I feel one of my most important jobs is to help my students to make good decisions, learn how to problem solve and be good, kind people who are passionate about learning and driven to better themselves in all areas of their lives.
I believe that fostering a positive classroom community is a great way to help students to grow personally and academically. "Getting small” in a learning atmosphere is essential to increasing student learning. An environment of an intimate and comfortable community is beneficial to students at the elementary level . Instead of being a small fish in a huge sea of lost creatures, a student can feel more like a big fish in a small pond if the community feels safe and close knit. In our classroom community, the feeling is that it is safe to speak out, collaborate, share, learn, grow and even be wrong during the process of learning. I am very enthusiastic about helping my students do their "career-best" educational work in this environment.