Classroom Connection

About Me

My name is Ms. Sowards. I am new to this school this year, and look forward to getting to know my students and their parents. My goal of this newsletter is to keep you informed of what goes on in the classroom, and keep you up to date with your child's education. I have always enjoyed working with children, and hope to make an impact on your child's education. I believe that life is what you make it. I try to live every day to the fullest!! Let's make this a great year!

My Teaching Philosophy

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” – Sydney J. Harris

I believe that education is what each individual makes of it. As teachers, we must not only continue to educate our students, but also continue to educate ourselves. Our minds have the capacity to hold a lifetime of knowledge. As Early Childhood Education (EDE) Professionals, we must assess each child and build an integrated curriculum to fit each child’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). As advocates, we must continue to open up the minds of our students while we keeping an open mind ourselves.

I believe that Early Childhood Educators can be the most crucial, as the young minds are rapidly developing and absorbing information. The role of the teacher is to provide an educational atmosphere for students to improve their
emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth. As intentional teachers, we need to apply a curriculum which will help students achieve their goals.

I believe that as an ECE Professional, you must never teach as a whole. You must consider each child’s ZPD. You must use Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) to consider what is both age and individually appropriate for each child. You must apply constructivism to build knowledge with their experiences and ideas. A child centered curriculum should be implemented to concentrate on the children’s interests. These philosophies and methods will result in both students and teachers to become life-long learners who enjoy the educational process.

In conclusion, I believe that relationships between students and their teachers are at the heart of learning. Understanding each student through assessment can build this relationship and ultimately build an opening to
successful learning. As ECE professionals, we must concentrate on and assist students in their natural learning and development process in order to achieve their full academic potential.