This year I have the pleasure of working with students in 4th grade in all areas of academics! I work with students who are both identified as having specific academic and processing challenges, as well as those that are in need of some extra assistance. A good portion of the day students will see me teaching along side their classroom teacher. At other times of the day, we go to my classroom to work in a smaller group. Either way, I promise to make it my mission to support them both academically AND emotionally. I do this by also modeling what good goal setting looks like. This summer I spent some time reflecting and refocusing on what I stand for. Below are ideas that I have committed to as a professional.
⇨ Help foster in children the feeling of self-worth and hope. This happens when true relationships are made.
⇨ Help foster curiosity and a love for learning. Every child has this capacity.
⇨ Every day, regardless of what is going on in my life, treat children with respect and patience. They look to me as a model. If I’m stressed or frustrated, they will take this on too. They may retreat, self-doubt, or exhibit coping behaviors. Instead, I will instill in them that with mistakes comes progress. We will learn the importance of understanding our brains and how to always approach life with G.R.I.T.
⇨ Listen and work with parents. By listening we all learn. Offer educational resources on disabilities, when needed. Be compassionate, honest, and open with regard to their child’s strengths
⇨ Treat my colleagues with professional respect. Seek to understand when we differ in approach.
⇨ Participate in professional conversations even when these are difficult conversations. Accept only respect in return.