“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
-Edward Everett Hale
As a teacher, student, friend, daughter, and sister I live by these words. I always strive to make others feel special, loved, and visible. I want to lead by example and show the world how to make a difference, how to change for the better, and how to care for others. I continually think and reflect on how I can become a better person, and in this case, a better teacher. Throughout my life I have adults I hold close to my heart who made me feel important. These adults showed me what I say and do has an impact on the world. It is these adults who instilled in me the importance of making others feel visible. It is these adults who showed me the meaning of family and community. It is these adults who empowered me to embrace challenges and give me energy to more forward. For that, I thank these special souls because without them I would not be the person I am today.
Welcome to your new classroom! In 4th grade your child will actively learn through engaging and meaningful experiences as we embrace community building and leadership. It is my goal to create an environment where the student feels comfortable to take risks and challenge them to realize their potential. I promise to make your child feel important by being responsive to their actions. This will empower your child and let them know they can accomplish new tasks and achieve their goals.
This is our classroom, so each student will receive a weekly job and participate in community service projects throughout the year to build their leadership skills and to model the importance of action in our community. I believe a strong community builds life-long learners. Through building our classroom community students will feel visible and build bonds that will help them communicate their ideas and work as a team. I will listen, observe, and assess each student in order to create lessons that fit their learning styles so they will take ownership in their work and become more engaged. I want your child to build connections with what we learn in the classroom to their home life. When students connect what they learn to their personal life, it makes them feel powerful and important. It also helps them store this knowledge in their long-term memory.
The school year will consist of innovative and creative experiments and mini-projects enhancing your child’s learning experience. Many of our units integrate all of the subject areas. Most importantly, in order for your child to develop strong reasoning and logic skills your child will need reading, writing, and mathematical skills to comprehend problems. In the end, it is my hope that building a strong community focusing on meaningful experiences, engaging activities, leadership, respect, and the ability to take risks will create world class citizens striving to realize their potential on a daily basis.
I look forward to getting to know you and your family better through out the year and hope you will join us in building a strong community of life long learners. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me through the school office at 404-802-8800. Again, welcome to fourth grade.
Food: Mexican and Mediterranean
Subject: Science and Math
Vacation: A warm beach
Sport to play: Soccer
Hobby: Hip Hop dancing or Zumba
Sport to watch: NBA/Hawks
College Football Team: LSU