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Friday, June 14

  1. page Classroom Management edited ... {Classroom Management.jpg} One of the most important skills that a teacher can have is a vis…
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    One of the most important skills that a teacher can have is a vision for how to create an effective, efficient environment where all children feel welcome and safe. A large part of promoting a safe environment is having effective classroom management skills as the authority figure in the classroom. One of the most important components of being an effective teacher is to provide an atmosphere that is consistent for the children in the classroom. No matter how much children claim they dislike discipline, children feel safer in a classroom where they know what is expected of them. Children feel that they can function effectively in a classroom if they are familiar with the routines and if those routines are consistent. For example, my students know that when they walk into my classroom every morning that they will drop their language arts homework off in "Tray 2" which is right next to the classroom door. They know that each day they walk in, I or my cooperating teacher will have instructions for them on the board so that they know what their morning work is. Students know that it is a part of their routine that they will write down their homework in their planners. They are comfortable in these routines because they know that either I or my cooperating teacher will have those homework assignments ready for them to write down when they walk in. Students know the routines for getting in line in a number order. They also know that I will give them a signal when their group is allowed to pack up at the end of the day.
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    Part of the way that the classroom that I am a part of functions so efficiently is its set-up. As soon as students walk in, their homework tray is to their left. This helps establish a system where they know that the first thing that they do is turn in their homework. Their cubbies are also to the right when they walk in, so they have easy access to put away their belongings and keep their things in a safe place. My cooperating teacher's desk is arranged in a way that she can easily see every child in the classroom, and my desk is angled so that I can see all children too, but from a different angle so that I can see certain things that she may not be able to witness. I think that in arranging my own classroom setup, I will be sure to arrange my desk in a way that no child is out of sight. I also believe in group arrangements, but they have to be carefully selected. I have had the experience of brainstorming with my cooperating teacher ways to arrange the desk groups to avoid conflict with specific students. One important component of classroom management is possessing "with-it-ness," or awareness of students' dispositions, personalities, and how they get along with one another. There have been two times where I have given my cooperating teacher advice on which students need to be separated and which students would work effectively together. {Paige Best Teachers Ever.jpg}
    Students also feel safe in a classroom where there are reasonable rules that they both respect and understand. I think that the first days of school are the most important in establishing rules that students will accept and follow. I believe that if students are a part of the rule-making process that they will respect rules even more because they felt that they were part of the community that created them and they understand why these rules are in place. During my student teaching, I made sure to maintain all rules, procedures, and routines with which students were familiar and used to. Part of the reason why I was an effective class manager was that I was consistent about enforcing the rules and enforced the same rules with everyone. Equality is essential with classroom management. Each student should be rewarded equally for equally positive actions and receive equal consequences for equally negative actions. I believe that the fact that I treat each child equally fosters an environment of trust and positive rapport with the students.
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  2. page Foundational Understandings edited ... I also have always had a passion for Creative Writing and took a course at William and Mary to…
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    I also have always had a passion for Creative Writing and took a course at William and Mary to develop this interest. I write my own poetry, song lyrics and have written a draft of a book that I hope some day to publish. I believe that my interest in Creative Writing has translated to what I expect of my students. Students constantly have assignments from me where they must write narratives and imaginative stories.
    I hope to instill in others my love of literature and have had the opportunity to devote the first part of my student teaching experience solely to Reading and Language Arts instruction to two different sections of fourth grade. I am familiar with whole, small, and individual instruction and feel very prepared to teach these subjects.
    I had the opportunity of tutoring a student with severely underdeveloped fine motor skills for a semester, giving him an Individualized Reading Inventory, a cloze task, and running records to assess his strengths and weaknesses. Seeing a drastic improvement in the students' comprehension was rewarding, and I now feel familiar with administering cloze tasks and running records.
    During my student teaching, I had the opportunity to teach Mystery, Fantasy, and Poetry units to rising fourth graders. Students were able to learn the conventions of these styles of writing while using creativity to explore their own individual writing styles.
    {photo-3.JPG} Students completed a leprechaun story to learn about adjectives and adverbs. They circled adjectives in red and adverbs in greenScience:
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Thursday, June 13

  1. page home edited ... I grew up in McLean, Virginia close to Washington, D.C. I attended Holy Trinity School in Geor…
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    I grew up in McLean, Virginia close to Washington, D.C. I attended Holy Trinity School in Georgetown from kindergarten through eighth grade, and also attended The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia for high school. My experiences in smaller schools have made me value close-knit communities with highly dedicated faculty. Both Holy Trinity and The Potomac School encourage students, parents, and faculty to be involved in service projects, which has instilled in me a desire to give back to any community that I become a part of. I am currently a member of the Presidents Youth Advisory Board for EARTH University in Guacimo, Costa Rica, which helps underprivileged students from third-world countries learn sustainable agriculture practices to implement in their native countries. I support Whole Foods because it provides EARTH bananas, which use organic post-harvest fungicide and use chemical-free bags to protect fruits.
    Other service projects that I have been involved in are Juvenile Walk to Cure Diabetes and Bright Beginnings, an organization that helps homeless children. I have also melded my love of service with music and dance, by either irish dancing or performing with my a cappella group at philanthropy events, including The National Eating Disorder Organization, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Relay for Life, and Stop Hunger Now during my high school and undergraduate experience.
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    music, especially celtic.Celtic. I was
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    Dance. I also enjoy singing and was insang with an a
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    and Ernest HemingwayHemingway, and my
    The purpose of my eportfolio is to record my student teaching experience and capture my personal beliefs about how to reach each and every student that I come across. I believe in using a variety instructional styles and practices to reach diverse student needs, and have attached several of my favorite lesson plans. For any specific questions about my experiences, credentials, and development as a teacher, please click on the links found to the right of the screen for specific categories of interest. If you have any further questions, please email me at caily.bridgeland@gmail.com or call me at (703) 635-4936 if you would like to speak with me about my experience. Thanks for your interest and I hope that you enjoy!
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  2. page Philosophy of Teaching edited "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.&q…
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
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    diverse needs. I believe that the role of aA teacher should be a balance ofserve as a role model andas well as an authority figure
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    but also as a guide
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    subjects that they struggle with.challenge them. For example, ifI could individualize instruction for a very musical student was struggling with math, I could individualize instruction for her and createmath by creating a lesson where he or she learned
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    The Importance of Routine:
    One important lesson that I have learned during my student teaching experience is the importance of maintaining familiar rules, procedures, and classroom routines in the classroom. I believe that the first few days are crucial to setting up expectations that are understandable to both students and teachers. I believe that rules should be created on the first day of school with students so that students feel that their opinion is valued and that they are a part of the creators of the rules. If students help to create the rules, they will feel responsible for enforcing them, will respect them, and will understand why they are in place. Part of effective rules is that expectations are clear. Both rewards and consequences should be established in the classroom and should be equal for every student.
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    I believe that an excellent way of solidifying different skills in a unit of study is through cooperative learning stations. I believe that stations are efficient and hold student interest if organized in an efficient way through smooth transitions. For example, in addition to small reading groups, students could study a book that they are reading by moving through learning stations that target different skills. For example, each station could address a different reading strategy. There could be eight stations total, each focusing on a different group of skills: for example, fluency, comprehension, summarizing, sequencing, comparing/contrasting, predicting, inferencing, and distinguishing fact from opinion. With stations, teachers can use formative assessment to distinguish students' specific strengths and weaknesses.
    Technology:
    I also believe that studentsStudents should have
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  3. page home edited ... “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live i…
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    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein
    WELCOME to my Electronic Portfolio!
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    and I am currently enrolled injust graduated summa cum laude from William and
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    School of Education, pursuing a Master of ArtsEducation in Education degree.May. I also received a B.A.Bachelor of Arts from the
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    forward to graduating on May 12, 2013 and pursuing my
    {551218_3222945543843_1139769418_n-1.jpg} Graduation May 2012Student Teaching Experience
    In September 2012, I was placed as a fourth grade student teacher at Matoaka Elementary Schoolin Williamsburg-James City County. I have observed classes in Math, Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science in kindergarten through fifth grades. My practica experiences have given me the opportunity to witness the developmental stages and progress of students at a variety of ages. I have been lucky to work with two different fourth grade classrooms and have adapted lesson plans to address the individual needs of both classes. One class has twenty-six students: one student has ADHD, one is in the ESL program, and one has suspected dysgraphia. The other class has twenty-five students: two have ADD. I believe that the diversity in both of my classrooms has helped me adapt my lesson plans to individualize instruction.
    Introducing Myself
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    highly dedicated members.faculty. Both Holy
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    School encourage its students, parents,
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    has instilled in me a
    Other service projects that I have been involved in are Juvenile Walk to Cure Diabetes and Bright Beginnings, an organization that helps homeless children. I have also melded my love of service with music and dance, by either irish dancing or performing with my a cappella group at philanthropy events, including The National Eating Disorder Organization, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Relay for Life, and Stop Hunger Now during my high school and undergraduate experience.
    I also enjoy many forms of music, especially celtic. I was an irish dancer for eleven years and I have always loved Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. I also enjoy singing and was in an a cappella group in college for four years called The William and Mary Accidentals. I have also always loved reading and creative writing. My favorite adult authors are Jane Austen and Ernest Hemingway and my favorite childhood authors are Roald Dahl, Madeline L'Engle, J.K. Rowling and Beverly Cleary.
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    at caily.bridgeland@gmail.com or call me at (703) 635-4936 if you
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Sunday, June 2

  1. page Professional Resume edited ... Professional Resume {Bridgeland Professional Resume.pdf} {Resume Mary C. Bridgeland.docx} …
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    Professional Resume {Bridgeland Professional Resume.pdf}{Resume Mary C. Bridgeland.docx} which highlights
    {Earth-s-University-2708.jpg} I am a member of the President's Youth Advisory Board in Guacimo, Costa Rica. EARTH gives underprivileged students the opportunity to learn sustainable agriculture practices to implement in their native countries.
    {1452596_300.jpg} This was where I attended high school and worked as a teaching assistant and camp counselor to second through fifth graders
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