Friday, June 27, 2014


So you guys know that I rediscovered Twitter this year as a tool to connect with other teachers. I'm still more of a lurker than a participant, but I've learned so much. One of the things I am doing this summer is following @techninjatodd-Todd Nesloney and his Summer Learning Series #summerls. I am actually in awe of how many teachers he is helping learn this summer.

One of the challenges involves reflection. I tend to reflect a LOT! Sometimes I think I reflect too much on this blog, because most people probably don't care what I'm thinking about my kiddos. :) But it helps me sort through things and learn from myself anyway.

Every year when I am making my Open House packet for parents, I try to frame my philosophy in my classroom. It's like that famous speech from Bull Durham where he lists all the things he believes in....that's what I try to do as well, but about my students.

In my class this upcoming year, I believe that.....

learning should be fun!
everyone should be learning something new every day.
individuality and creativity are important.
all students should be able to learn the way they learn best.
children should be given high expectations.
kids can learn through dancing and singing.
teachers should laugh with their students.
the students will be read to every single day.
assessment will not be done just through multiple choice tests.
even young kids can be poets.
I want my kiddos to be risk-takers.
every student should feel like they are my favorite.

That's what I have so far. Will probably add more before I actually do the packet, but it's a start. What does your philosophy say?


  1. I love how reflective you are because it inspires me to do more of the same. We don't have parent nights like that, but I'm thinking it would be brilliant to write down my philosophy in my welcome letter. Hmm...this might be a post for me, too. I'll link up to you if I get it written down:)

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  2. I love that you want kids to be risk takers! Me too!

    My personal motto is "Teach Beyond the Content".

    1. Oooh! I like that one too! :) Absolutely want them to be risk-takers, been trying to take some risks myself in the classroom lately as well!

  3. Your list is wonderful. It's important to reflect on what we believe, so that we can evaluate whether our practices line up with them. You're an expert at that!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Thank you Tammy! I do agree that reflection is important-I know I am not doing the best I can be, so I need to always be thinking about how to be better! :)

  4. Twitter confuses me so much:-). I love your list! The last item is my favorite.
    Chickadee Jubilee

    1. I was confused too-probably still am :). I lurk there more than anything else-but it's still a great source of ideas for me. Thank you Laurie!

  5. What is your twitter name? I feel the same way but I am trying to use it more because it is such an amazing tool...I will follow you! Melissa

  6. It's @jtrayers -I will definitely follow you back! :)