Mrs. Jerkins' Third Grade Class
Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year. I am Courtney Jerkins (pronounced JUR-KENS), and I will be your child's teacher this year. Here are a few facts to help you learn more about me. I look forward to learning more about you and your child as we journey through this school year together!
Teaching Experience: This is my 7th year teaching. I spent my first two years in Fulton County Schools, and I've spent the last five years with Atlanta Public Schools here at Usher!
Educational Affiliations: Teach for America (2006 Corps Member)
(please give me 24 hours to return your call or text message)
6 spiral notebooks
3 composition notebooks
1 box of pencils
1-2 pencil sharpeners with lids (no battery-operated sharpeners)
2-3 blue pens (erasable pens, if possible)
2-3 red pens
2-3 black pens (erasable pens, if possible)
1 permanet black marker (with small tip for writing)
a pair of child-size scissors
1 small box of crayons
1 pencil case or pencil box (optional)1 large bottle of hand sanitizer (for the class)
1 large box of tissues (for the class)
1 small bottle of handsoap (for the class)
My Educational Philosophy:
I believe children are often trying to make sense of the world around them. They want to understand why they are required to act in certain ways or to do certain things, like go to school. The aim of education, then, is to help children “think deeply, analytically, flexibly, and imaginatively” about the world around them (Theodore, n.d.b, ¶1). I believe that teachers must use research-based best practices in the classroom. In addition, educators must “try to embed traditional moral values and virtues such as respect for authority, perseverance, fidelity to duty, consideration for others, and practicality and intellectual knowledge that students need to become model citizens” (Theodore, n.d.a, ¶1). I want my students to be well-prepared, responsible, active, ethical citizens of this country and the world.
Theodore, P.A. (n.d.)a. Essentialism. Retrieved September 18, 2010, from http://www.siue.edu /~ptheodo/foundations/essentialism.html
Theodore, P.A. (n.d.)b. Perennialism. Retrieved September 18, 2010, from http://www.siue.edu /~ptheodo/foundations/perennialism.html