I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how excited I am about teaching and how delighted I am to have your child in my classroom. Some of my students I had the opportunity to teach last year in reading camp and other students I will get to know very soon. I am sure this year will be a fun-filled, challenging and rewarding learning experience for each and every child. I am dedicated to making this a busy, productive, and exciting year for my students so that they each can develop and learn in a variety of different ways. I have very high expectations of my students and I want everyone to work to their fullest potential. I think we have a terrific class and I’m looking forward to a fantastic year!
I would like to begin by giving you an overview of my Philosophy of Education. As a teacher, I believe in creating life-long learners. It is very important to me that my students are happy and look forward to coming to school each and every day. I want children to leave our classroom every day feeling excited and wondering what they will be learning tomorrow. Above all, I want each child to feel that they CAN, and WILL, be successful at school. I tell my students that they are not allowed to say the words, “I can’t” because although their work may be challenging at times, I will never give them something that they are unable to do. I expect students to always try their very best.
Our classroom is a special place. It is place where children should feel special, feel safe, and feel free to take risk. We are on this “journey” together and it is important that we are all kind, encouraging and supportive of one another. Each one of us has different strengths, needs, opinions, and ideas. If we work together there is nothing we cannot accomplish
We all learn in different ways and at our own pace, therefore we may not always be working on the same thing. Sometimes we will be working in small groups, with a partner, by ourselves, or with a teacher. Other times we will work as a whole group. We need to respect each other’s individuality and unique learning styles and remember that learning is not a race, but a journey.
I am committed to the importance of parent involvement and support in a child’s education. I firmly believe that your child receives the best education possible when you and I work together as partners. I will be communicating with you often about our classroom plans, your child’s progress, school events, and other occasions as they arise. I hope that as parents, you will always come to me with questions and concerns. It is important that we communicate openly and honestly with one another. Talk to your child about their day and make sure they are happy and feel confident. It is the key to a successful year for you and your child.
Finally, let’s remember that learning is FUN! We will all be making discoveries and experiencing new things together. No two days will be the same. We need to get messy, laugh a lot, be good friends and explore together on our wonderful learning journey!
Thank you for all you support and help at home......Ms. Mary F. Laudermilk