About me...

I am currently a student at the University of South Alabama working very hard to reach my goal of graduating in 2011 to start teaching elementary education. I have been thinking a lot lately about furthering my education, though, and getting my Master's in elementary education. I believe that I am meant to teach: it is something I have been wanting to do since I was in the first grade. I hope to be the best teacher that I can be and to create an atmosphere where the children are excited about coming to school and learning.

About the blog...

By having this blog, I am hoping to gather many useful tools that will help me become a great teacher. I can use it to communicate with other teachers and get ideas for teaching or learn different approaches to teaching certain subject material.
My Teaching Philosophy

I believe that there are several important parts that make up a great teacher. A teacher never stops learning and should use that continuous knowledge in every way possible. Respect is an important part of teaching, even with a class of very young children. Teachers should always be honest, especially to the parents. A good teacher will accentuate the strengths of each student and make that student feel good about himself, and bring out the best in him. Help should be given to each student as needed. The learning environment should be comfortable, fun, positive, and interesting so that each student can learn at his highest potential. All teachers should be creative to keep the students interested and make them eager to learn. Last but not least, I think teachers should enjoy their job! It reflects on how they teach and how the students learn...

Something to Think About Besides Homework...

"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." -Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

This is an interesting quote to think about. I hope to be the teacher that makes my students think about everything they learned that day, including the life lessons I want them to understand. I can only hope that my students will be excited about coming to school and learning. I plan to create interesting, interactive lessons that each student can get involved in. I want to be their favorite teacher--someone they will remember for the rest of their lives.


"A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations." -Patricia Neal

I would like to be the teacher that awakens each student's expectations. I want to promote self-confidence in each student: every student needs to feel good about himself. I want my students to have that desire to be better at something, and I want them to want to make their parents proud.

Cater to the Students

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." -Ignacio Estrada

I strongly believe that every teacher should cater to the students' needs. Each student deserves an equal opportunity to learn something, no matter how many different ways I will have to explain something. It is important to bring out the strengths of each student and work on the weaknesses of each student. I want every child to understand how and why something is the way it is. I want to get every student involved.

Teachers Affect Eternity

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." -Henry Brooks Adams

This quote really makes me think about how, as a teacher, I want to affect each child as long as they live. I want to leave an impression on my students to make them refer to me later in their lives as someone who taught them the best that I could. I want to be an inspiration to my students: someone they can look up to. I hope to teach them life lessons that they will always remember.

Class Blog

After learning a little bit about blogging, I have come to realize how useful blogs can be. I am planning on creating a class blog for my class when I begin teaching. I think it will be a good way to have communication with parents, and a good way to post class and homework assignments. It will allow those students who may be absent to have the assignments for that day and the homework due the next day. I can also post news or information about what will be going on during the week. I think the parents will like the idea.

iTunes University

iTunes university is a great resource for everyone, including teachers. There are several podcasts that can be used as an instructional video. There are also several interesting, yet educational podcasts that can be used when teaching. I think it's neat because it can be accessed at home, too.