Welcome to my sixth grade classroom, C201! I’m glad you are here.
This is my twenty-second year as a middle school teacher. And the answer is “YES!” Yes, I still love my work.
Part of what I love about this age is that their childhood intellect is at its peak, while their adolescence is just emerging. This combination makes for a bright and curious learner with a strong sense of justice. Classroom discussions are innocent, insightful and lively.
Part of my work is to guide their expression, orally and written, academically and socially. I will encourage them to define their own values, take pride in the work they share and appreciate the contributions of others. They may, or may not get the validation they seek immediately. Struggling is a natural part of this learning process. Through their struggle, they will develop a buoyancy that will serve them well in an ever-changing adolescent sea of social currents.
Creating a supportive learning community with the use of “study buddies” is a strategy that can help this process. Study buddies are students in your child’s class with whom your child can exchange contact information. In the best case scenario, these classmates are reliable peers that your child can call when they are absent to make up work, to study for a test, to use as peer editors, or to share notes. They will learn who they can count on and they will learn how to show up for others. Additionally, your child will be encouraged to take an active role in the running, maintaining and supporting our classroom through assigned tasks that will develop a culture/environment of collaboration and connectedness.
Being prepared for class every day is a necessary confidence booster for your child. When your child has the supplies they need and work to share, they feel good about themselves. This makes a big difference in their day.
My classroom is always open. I welcome being partners with you for the benefit of your child and our school community. Let me know how I can be of help. Leave a message with the main office or email me.
All the best,