Celebratory Best Practice:
“Celebrate what you have accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.” ~Mia Hamm
The brain loves celebrations. When a teacher affirms a student’s correct answer or when students celebrate the accomplishments of a peer, a cooperative group, or the class as a whole, confidence increases and the classroom becomes a place where behavior problems are diminished and learning accelerated. Rewards are only effective when students value the reward. Therefore, it is important to really get to know my students to find out what motivates them. Food/snacks are often good rewards; however, verbal praise and recognition is usually the most effective celebratory practice.
Instructional Best Practice:
“Teaching is not about information. It’s about having an honest, intellectual relationship with your students.” ~Paul Lockhart
Teachers link together students, other teachers, school administrators, families, and community members to foster the learning success and healthy development of their students. Positive teacher-student relationships have significant and long-lasting implications for both students' academic and social development. Effective teacher-to-teacher communication is vitally essential to the success and progress of our students. As the Consultation and Resource teacher, I look forward to working collaboratively with the general education teachers and consultation students to meet individual student and classroom needs.
“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.” ~Nelson Mandela
“The more that you READ, the more things you will KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO.” ~Dr. Seuss