One Day, Today...
My approach and practice for cultivating student leaders.
Daily, I aim to empower my students to be self-advocating leaders in the classroom, at home, and in the community. Throughout the year, my students develop confidence to take ownership of their own learning, a characteristic that will aid them this year and for the rest of their lives.
As a class community, we listen attentively to peers while working together to create a safe and positive learning environment. This means relishing in each other’s successes and encouraging each other through failures. Our class community is a place where it is okay to fail and try again. Additionally, it is vitally important that we make connections to the real world in every lesson. We demonstrate a curiosity and an excitement for learning by grasping concepts in different ways and always challenging the limits of our own ability.
Some lessons require more time and investment, like building a curriculum around personal narratives, or incorporating identity-based responses into the study of texts. By creating an environment where students take ownership of their own work and learning, we create an atmosphere where students feel invested in and are proud to take ownership of their accomplishments.
In my classroom vision, students are be empowered to:
- Have fun and feel safe in the classroom
- Fail and have the confidence try again
- Solve rigorous problems with a growth mindset
- Work together towards short-term and long-term goals
- Be their own best advocates
When we change our mindset, we change lives.
A teacher’s job is to provide students with many opportunities to learn and grow. Reminding students of the importance of individuality and marching to the beat of their own drum, cultivates exceptional leaders. I do not believe a cookie cutter format allows our students to grow, fail and achieve. Failures are the foundation of success. My students understand the only mistake we make in life is the inability to try. When my students try, it gives me the opportunity to meet them where they are and build.
Each day brings a new journey. Some days cause much joy and others disappointment. I must view my students for who they are and the leaders they will become. My time in the classroom has taught me when we change our mindset, we change our instruction and when we change our instruction, we change lives.