Name: Amy Kriska
Grade: First Grade
The essence of teaching is creating meaningful learning experiences for
children. Educational programs should be centered around the child,
Conceptual learning that leads to understanding along with acquisition of
A balanced literacy program with curriculum content integrated across
traditional subject categories, especially for communication skills of
speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Children's active participation in learning: they should be able to move
around the classroom, talk with their peers, and make choices about doing
activities that have personal interest to them.
Cooperative and collaborative learning activities that foster social skills,
skill acquisition, and concept development.
Curriculum content and teaching strategies that consider the age span of
children, individual differences in learning styles, diverse backgrounds,
and cultural differences.
Flexible grouping for instruction in a specific skill area: temporary,
homogeneous grouping that reflects a student's individual variation in
The regular use of technology, especially computers, integrated throughout
Varied evaluation techniques employed for ongoing assessment of student
progress; assessment utilized as basis for future planning of instruction.
A variety of resources are utilized to accomplish this: our own classroom
community, hands-on activities, parent connections, collaboration with staff
members and other teachers, community resources, and my own continuing