Mrs. Kitchens TEACHING PHILOSOPHY • I believe students are different, with different interests and abilities as well as different ways of learning. -Having a combination of teaching methods will equip me to reach out to all students and allow me to be a culturally responsive teacher.• Collaboration and communication is key. -Partnership of teacher, students, and parents/family through science homework, events, activities, meetings and/or phone calls.
Mrs. Kitchens TEACHING PHILOSOPHY• I believe interesting students in the subject will result in better learning. Create opportunities for students to ask questions, experimentation, group activities, and allow them to express interests in science topics.• Teaching creatively the importance of science discovery and its relation to everyday life. Science lends itself to hands-on activities, experimentation, model-making, videos, science fair projects, fun, fun, fun!
Mrs. Kitchens Professional Responsibilities Setting high standards & expectations for all students: equal opportunity and quality education for all Curriculum: develop lesson plans that will engage student learning Follow Federal & State laws, regulations, and expectations
Mrs. Kitchens Professional Responsibilities Being a Culturally responsive teacher: respect and respond with respect to diversity in the classroom, promoting a positive learning environment Accountability: maintain communication with students, staff, and family Committing to excellence in teaching
Mrs. Kitchens Teaching Techniques Encourage family involvement With things such as: homework assignments, family science nights, science fair projects, back to school nights, Parent-teacher conferences Fieldtrip chaperones
Mrs. Kitchens Teaching Techniques Creative lesson plans that spark student interests Experiments Fieldtrips: virtual fieldtrips, live fieldtrips Family take-home assignments Creative homework assignments: i.e. model-making Science events such as fairs, museums Videos and illustrations of concepts Group & collaborative learning: i.e. work stations
Mrs. Kitchens Teaching Techniques Create a positive learning environment Encourage questions, explore ideas Collaboration opportunities Allow dialogue over topics, especially those of interest Promote respect, maintain safety Proper discipline using positive reinforcement Motivate students in science and relate it to everyday life
Science lends itself to hands-on activities. As a future teacher I plan toengage students with experiments and activities.