The future of the world is in my classroom today. -Ivan Welton Fitzwater
It is my goal to make this year the most positive learning experience for your child. As many of you know, academics become increasingly demanding in 4th grade, so it is my job to ensure that I provide your child with the proper curriculum for success in the future. In addition to academics, and equally important to the success of your child's education, is giving each child recognition for the unique individuals they are. I realize how powerful the impression a teacher can make on a child. I want you to know that while you are entrusting me with your children, I am committed to building their self-esteem. I try to keep in mind just how effective learning can be when the child is feeling good about their abilities. That has to come first before they are truly open to learning new things and trying new tasks without fear of failure. I know that I can achieve this goal while maintaining a controlled and rule abiding classroom. I promote the acceptance of others regardless of any circumstances. Each child will be expected to value and appreciate differences; be it their culture, religion, race, intellect, dress, socioeconomic status etc. My classroom will be one of complete respect above all else. Students need to feel accepted and safe at school. It is my job to love and encourage them to be the best they can be while they are there, without the threat of being bullied. Even in my most challenging students I am able to find those same loveable qualities you see. I will do my best at nurturing each of them and foster their learning and work ethic as much as possible so long as they are in my care. I am excited about giving students several opportunities to learn through creative methods. There are a variety of learning styles, and I am conscientious about providing students with those varied styles where they can learn best. I am fair, but I am not always equal. Each individual will be treated fairly according to their needs and abilities. I try to be fun-loving and caring while maintaining a high expectation for all students both academically and socially. I believe it does take a village to raise a child, and I am looking to you for input on how to best assist your child in achieving his/her goals. That is why communication between us is so important. I feel that children benefit by routine and consistency. Therefore I run an organized classroom with a regular daily schedule. I know we share one common hope. And that is for your child to be happy and feeling good about themselves no matter where they may be academically or socially. I am looking so forward to a wonderful, productive and prosperous year.