Celebratory Best Practice:
Hello Parents! My name is Sewak Rampersaud and I am excited to be here on The Ridge! When I first fell in love with teaching, I realized something very important. I realized that every student has a shovel. This means that every student has the ability to dig deeper into literature/education. As a teacher, my goal is to make sure that each student is aware of their shovel. Within the first weeks of school, I give each student a "shovel" so that they understand the concept. I have found this very helpful because it promotes higher order thinking from our students.
Instructional Best Practice:
I have found it very helpful to relate lessons to our students lives. By doing this, I incorporate our society and popular culture into lessons. From my experience, this engages students and helps gain their attention. I have found this to increase grades in class because the students really get tied into the class. For example, in a lesson dealing with figurative language, I gave students lyrics from their favorite songs. They then analyzed the lyrics the same way they would do a poem.
"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." - Bob Marley