As an elementary school teacher, an education of the heart means delving deeper than the child’s grade point average and benchmark proficiency. On a small scale, this can include their favorite color, recess games and after school activities. Even more powerful is knowing what their family life is like and their ever-changing hopes and dreams for their future. Though all this seems to make an already demanding job even more challenging it actually profoundly aids in classroom management while promoting higher level learning that will last beyond their years in your classroom. Children are very intuitive and know innately whether a teacher sees them as a student or as an individual; the ladder being greatly empowering.
Submitted by: Jacqueline Small Knowlton/Alumna ’06