Written by Danielle Rivera – TeacherSherpa Blogger
Can I go back to kindergarten and be in your class? This was the question I literally asked out loud during an environmental walk while visiting the classroom of Nichole Aguirre (3rd year teacher). Ms. Aguirre is an inspiring teacher who’s classroom makes you want to be back in kindergarten!An environment filled with color, engaging activities, and one passionate teacher who is truly dedicated to the little people who fill her classroom each day, Ms. Aguirre is our highlighted teacher this week – and what an inspiration she is!
From Post-Office to Popsicle Stick Writing
These lucky kindergarten scholars are immersed in writing opportunities at each center in fun and engaging ways. Ms. Aguirre has transformed her dramatic play center into a U.S. Post Office complete with stamps, envelopes, a mailbox and everything you would expect to find at a real location.What a fun, engaging and real world opportunity her students are exposed to as they write and mail letters, as well as “work” in the U.S. Post Office.
Rainbow Words – It’s not just another writing activity. At this center, students are practicing counting, matching, identification of colors and spelling all in one.
1) Students roll the die, count the dots (if needed) and identify the number. 2) Then students select the matching color of the crayon to use (2=yellow, 4=blue, etc.). 3) Students use the Rainbow Write sheet to practice writing their sight words. From week to week Ms. Aguirre changes the 3 words on this sheetThe kindergarten scholars in this class absolutely love it! What a great way to integrate several skills her students are working on.
Popsicle Stick Writing and Rainbow Words.
Popsicle Stick Writing – Various words (from sight words to monthly themed words) are written on popsicle sticks and place in a container that students select from.The criteria: Ms. Aguirre has created a visual chart to set clear expectations for how to engage in this activity:
1) Choose a popsicle stick.
2) Read the word on the stick.
3) Write down the word in your centers journal. Students manage this independently and are able to self-check their work with the teacher’s popsicle sticks.
So what are my take-aways from this inspirational teacher?
First, the unbounding enthusiasm and passion she has for teaching. You know what I’m talking about – the excitement you hear in a teacher’s voice when they begin sharing the things they do in their class. Teachers like Ms. Aguirre show the joy, thrill and pleasure that teaching brings. This is something you just can’t fake!Secondly, was how teachers like Ms. Aguirre are simply evangelists, trying to convert minds. Great teachers like this want others to share their joy and passion, and truly see and believe the good that transpires from this. Her energy and passion is contagious – what a great thing to pass along!There are so many inspirational teachers out there. Teachers who spread excitement, who are passionate, who go above and beyond for the simple intrinsic pleasure it brings them knowing they are making a difference in their student’s lives. I’m sure you know someone that has inspired you. After all, many teachers say they became teachers because they themselves had an inspirational teacher. Who was that teacher who inspired you? Are you or a colleague an inspirational teacher? We want to know! Nominate that inspiring teacher
and share how they impacted your own life.
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