Important Skills I Want to Teach my Students
Academics are incredibly important, and in pre-kindergarten we have a very strong curriculum. Our students leave the program ready to hit the ground running in kindergarten. Even though academics are at the forefront of what we do, I try to focus my attention on two things—how to be a good friend and learning to love school. These children have a long academic career in front of them, and they need to learn to love it as soon as possible. No matter how strong someone’s academics are, they have to know how to get along with their peers in order to be successful.
Teaching Methods to Reach These Goals
In pre-kindergarten, the teacher is the classroom. Our morning meeting discussions are incredibly valuable, but students learn most through self-directed play throughout the classroom with their peers.
My Favorite Projects
The Nursery Rhyme Parade is such a fun experience. As a culminating activity for our Nursery Rhyme unit, students dress up as nursery rhyme characters. We parade through the halls of the Early Childhood Center and Lotspeich. Students are so proud of their costumes and love telling people along the parade route about their rhyme.
What I Like Best About Teaching at Seven Hills
The families at Seven Hills are wonderful. They are invested in their children and committed to engaging with their child’s education. Also, the amount of resources available to teachers is incredible. All teachers are full of creative ideas, but in many schools, teachers find themselves saying “If only I had…” At Seven Hills, teachers are able to teach to their full potential using any resources needed.