Monday, May 28, 2012

My Classroom Personality

I always find myself drawn to hearing about how other teachers create their classroom personalities. As a kid, I wanted to perform on Broadway, although Star Search would have sufficed. Believe me, I practiced Whitney Houston's The Greatest Love of All daily... just in case. Luckily, I feel like teaching affords me the opportunity to live out that ambition daily. I get on my "stage", often in costume, and entertain while educating. I strive to create an inspiring and engaging environment where the kids feel like members of a team. In fact, our class motto has always been "We are a T.E.A.M. - Together Everyone Achieves More".

On my class website I share the following with my students' families:

Who we are!
Whether you started with us on the first day of school or during the year,
I'm so glad you're a part of our T.E.A.M.!

T.E.A.M. Goals
* Students will be actively involved in the learning process.
* Students will be proficient with grade level content and skills.
* Students will become organized, independent learners.
* Students will successfully work within cooperative activities.
* Students will develop self-confidence and goal setting.

It's been so long, I don't even know who or where I got the original idea from. In fact, I still have my original T.E.A.M. folder lovingly decorated with art by my Dad during my student teaching year. Yep, I bet quite a few of you would agree that teaching is totally a family affair! I do know that the two books below were my staples when initially creating a classroom personality. Their ideas and direction for classroom management and attitude never seem to go out of style.

In the meantime, what is your classroom personality?

Invitations: Changing as Teachers and Learners K-12


Heather's Heart said...

I love your class motto. We are all about building a School Family and having a helpful heart. We even have helpful hearts we use to fill Our School Family bucket.

I love your cute blog! Welcome to blogging! I hope you love it as much as I do. =)

I am your newest follower and I would love for you to come and visit me when you get the chance.

Heather's Heart

Jessica said...

Hi! Welcome to the blogging world. I can't wait to read more, I love your blog design.

Learn, Play & Have Fun

Lisa R. said...

I love your TEAM motto!! I think the goals you set up for your class are wonderful!

Learning Is Something to Treasure

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