Mrs. Defensor

Mrs. Defensor

My teaching philosophy is to build a classroom environment where all my students can feel safe and secure and know that it is ok to make mistakes. It's all part of the learning process. I bring teachable moments into my lessons so that my students can see how the particular topics relate to the world around them. I believe that each student is capable of putting forth a hundred percent effort, and expect them to work to their full potential. In my classroom we are like a family, and because of the small class size I get to form a bond with all my students and their families. I believe in courtesy, consideration of others, and mutual respect to be key elements in good citizenship. My philosophy towards discipline is to focus on encouraging and rewarding desired behaviors, and discouraging unwanted behaviors. I also keep in mind each child's self-esteem, and look for every opportunity to praise my student's everyday. I believe in preventing negative behaviors by clearly stating which behaviors I want to see and by utilizing a plan that I can consistently follow through with. My goal is to create and maintain for each student the most nurturing and positive learning environment in and out of the classroom. I love coming to work each day to see the passion for learning in my students, and know that I am helping to set the learning block for the love of learning in them for years to come.