Show MoreElementary Education Before her tragic death in space, Christa McAuliffe left us with her inspirational words, “I touch the future. I teach.” Since I was in second grade, I knew, without a doubt, that I wanted to be a teacher. After considering my options and analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of being a teacher, I came to the conclusion that being an educator was the only profession that would completely satisfy me. Consequently, I have encountered a lot of criticism because of my decision. However, these opinions have only encouraged me to strive to become an extraordinary teacher that will change the lives and instill knowledge into students that will last a lifetime.
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To me, teaching deserves more respect that any other occupation. Nevertheless, the ever-changing values within our culture and societal “morals” have caused Americans to disrespect and discredit the occupation of a teacher.
Each subject has its’ own structure of knowledge and I will master all patterns, facts, ideas, and notions of each subject. I want my classroom to be an actively involved learning community. Working with children at church camp, bible school, and during my observations has allowed me to utilize a variety of entertainment and learning techniques. I believe that the nature of knowledge is relative. Each student learns differently, and through different strategies and techniques. From my experience, I feel that cooperative learning is a successful teaching strategy that allows small groups, with different ability levels to encourage academic achievement. Students learn to work together socially and academically within groups. I believe that cooperative learning promotes positive relations between different ethnic groups, develops critical thinking skills, and establishes environments where academic accomplishments are valued. In elementary school, it is necessary to have students work in groups, not only to improve their social skills, but I feel that students can learn a lot more from their peers. Statistics have proven this.
However, I believe that the teacher has to be
Elementary School Essay Writing
This course introduces elementary students to longer forms of writing. It prepares students for essay writing by engaging them in the process of writing various types paragraphs such as expository, persuasive, and narrative. The culminating activity of the course is writing a five paragraph narrative essay.
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Unit 1 – Fact or Opinion, Comparing and Contrasting
By the end of week 1, students will be able to explain the difference between a fact and an opinion, and they will compare and contrast items using facts.
Unit 2 – Excellent Expository
By the end of the second week, students will be able to write an expository paragraph.
Unit 3 – Persuasive Paragraph
By the end of unit 3, students will be able to write a persuasive paragraph.
Unit 4 – Verb Tense
By the end of the fourth unit, students will be able to identify and write verbs in their proper tenses. Students will also write using stronger, more specific verbs.
Unit 5 – Adverbs
By the end of the fifth week, students will be able to identify and use adverbs in sentences and paragraphs.
Unit 6 – Setting, Character, and Plot
By the end of week 6, students will be able identify setting, character, and plot in a narrative.
Unit 7 – The Narrative Essay
By the end of unit 7, students will be able write a narrative essay.
Unit 8 – Put It All Together
By the end of the eighth unit, students will write a five paragraph essay.