First, if you like you can go to my teaching website at www.mrsmithsplace.com and look around. I have some interesting items up for people to look at and to get some insight into my thinking.
This is my 19th year as a teacher. I have taught 9 years in a Special Remedial program, 2 years as a K-7 PE teacher, I have taught Gr. 5, 6 and 7 for 3 years (in total), I was the Community Schools Teacher (Literacy Teacher for 7 schools), and I recently taught Gr. 3-7 Resource.
I love sports (but I don't follow any professional sports). I have coached for 25 years, in and out of school. I was a part of the Vancouver Elementary Physical Activity Association for 14 years (president for 5). I play competitive Slo-Pitch. I love to play games and have fun as much as possible.
My wife is also an educator. We have a little dog named Bart.
My wife is a great tennis player. We like to travel, and have been to New York, Boston, San Francisco and other places.
In the classroom, I am firm but fair. I believe that students need to be responsible for themselves. They need the help of adults to guide and teach them, but they need to learn to do their homework, bring their PE strip, get their notices and library books in on time, and so many other things that young people need to learn.
Education is about 'learning how to learn'. Students today are preparing for an ever-changing world. They are preparing for jobs, tools and vocabulary we haven't invented yet. Students today need to learn how to learn. The employers of tomorrow want people who can think on their own.
Today, almost anyone can open up a web browser and tap into a seemingly infinite stream of information—the only limiting factor being one’s own curiosity and imagination. Employees need the critical thinking skills to discern new challenges and opportunities from the flux and glut of instant-access information. These critical thinking skills have become a core competency in every workplace. AMA offers a number of solutions that take a practical approach to learning these vital skills:
· Decision Making: Being informed is essential in making decisive, high-impact decisions with clarity and confidence.
· Strategic Thinking: Uncover potential opportunities to anticipate, initiate, and manage change.
· Entrepreneurial Thinking: Learn to embrace risk and rejection instead of fearing them in order to rejuvenate your business.
· Information, Media and Technology: The future growth of every business depends on accessing and utilizing a global network of resources.
With the Internet growing by over 10 million new pages a day, it comes as no surprise that many employees simply feel overburdened by the sheer quantity of information out there. However, by taking away these skills from AMA training, your staff will find a way to break through to find the opportunities and say “Here’s what we need to do.”
I believe in student-centered learning. I will do my best to provide an environment where students can learn in a way that is best for them. Together we will find methods and tools to help students learn and display their work in ways that help show their understanding.
It is my goal to help you child be their best. I will do my best to achieve that goal. I will keep in contact with parents as much as I can. I will send home notices to inform parents of things like field trips, events and other great things, and I will also send home notices about things like missed homework assignments, behavioural issues and PE strip. Our classroom policies will be created collaboratively,