2ND & 3RD GRADE TEACHER
Lindsey’s classroom is set up to be a calm, relaxed atmosphere where students feel safe, secure and comfortable. Her classroom has a welcoming theme with many lamps, windows, bookshelves, and class photos to create a home-like atmosphere. When you tour her room, you will notice many of the children’s contributions to the decor and child-created reference materials lining the walls.
One important goal in her classroom is to accommodate each student’s unique learning style. At the beginning of the school year, students take an interest and goal inventory to recognize their strengths and goals. Another important classroom goal is to cultivate a sense of strong classroom community through communication and collaboration. This is achieved through daily morning meetings and project-based learning.
Lindsey supports Daniel H. Pink’s theory of personal drive through intrinsic motivation. Class activities vary in content, product and process, but a main goal is to maximize engaging learning opportunities so students excel based on their natural abilities and interests.
Lindsey uses an integrated curriculum approach with effective planning and preparation of thematic units. Reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, and research opportunities abound. Students practice narrative, descriptive, classificatory, persuasive, and research writing. They are taught how to use different types of graphic organizers to offer a visual framework for their learning. Students work in pairs, small groups, individually, or with Lindsey, depending on their personal needs.
Many creative activities happen in Lindsey’s room! Students enjoy singing songs, reading choral readings, playing vocabulary charades, and creating topical art. Lindsey’s students also become teachers when they share their research and stories with younger Keystone students. This is a powerful, peer-led learning experience for lower grade students to expand their background knowledge!