do you decide what to teach?
Part of what I
decide to teach comes from the kids. I think one of the reasons I like
being a kindergarten teacher is that I have a little more flexibility
in terms of what I can do with the kids. In the upper grades you have
more structure -- more things that are required and more things that
have to get done. As a kindergarten teacher, if something happens in
the classroom, I can run with it!
do you bring the community into the classroom?
between the school and the community, especially building bridges between
the family and the school, is vital to education. I believe that teaching
and education is not just up to me. It is not solely my job, and it
is not solely the job of the school. It is also the job of the community
and families. I tell parents outright the first time that I can't do
this job alone. It's a job that needs a team.