I believe that being an effective teacher requires one to know the curriculum that you teach. In my units, I always have the targets and learning outcomes present, as a reminder of what my students need to learn. Each year, I continue to find new and engaging ways to teach the outcomes. I believe it is important not to become a stagnant teacher, but instead, always be looking for alternative ways to teach and expand my own personal knowledge.
Teaching the grades one, two, and four have allowed me to see the progression in student learning: where they begin with basic knowledge, and the goal in the upper elementary level of increasing and deepening their skills, and building on prior knowledge.
Consistently through teaching, I find ways to incorporate global and local topics that relate to the matter we are studying It’s important that students are aware of the world around them, but also that they can make the connections with what they are learning in school to the real world.