Have you always taught third grade at Huth Road School or have you taught different grades
I have always taught third grade here. Third grade is perfect for me
because the kids are old enough that you can teach them really hard things,
like hard writing skills. They have a lot of stamina to read and write for a
long time but they are not too old. They’re not too wise yet. They are still
very into school. They are just the perfect age, very competent and capable but
not to the point where school is not something they want to do. I hope that I
can stay with third grade. For right now, it’s a good place to be.
As a teacher, what brings you
kids don’t understand something and then they work hard to master something and
then they master it. They master it in such a way that they can teach it to
someone else. That is the greatest thing ever. If you can teach someone
something, then you have truly learned it. I love when that happens. In this
curriculum, I am teaching them a lot of things that they don’t know, especially
in reading, where they are learning new strategies, and in math. We don’t do
much of the rote stuff anymore. The kids can really learn, even something that
you don’t expect that they are able to do. I’ll even say, “I’m going to ask you
a really hard question right now.” And they get it, and I say, “Good for you!”
It’s really exciting when that happens.
I see that your room looks
bright and cheery and that you have a set of hand painted chairs. Tell me about
like color in my classroom. These were plain brown chairs. The pizza chair was
painted by students in 2008. The others, I did one at a time. We have different
names for them. It’s fun for the kids. I’m all about keeping it fresh. We are here for a long day, and I like to have
it looking nice. I like to have things for the kids to remember and to look at.
Jeanne Percival (another third grade
teacher at Huth Road School) and I are very similar teachers. We always do a
project for the windows. It gives the kids ownership in the classroom. I like
them to see their work. Every month, they put up something. It is a neat way to
see how they progress over the school year.
One kid started the year not using punctuation. She can do that now.