I believe in a hands-on, experiential learning environment. This means students are surrounded by materials, and manipulatives or given opportunities to build their knowledge hands-on. This way of teaching helps students' brain development by building off their previous schemas and adding on new ones.
Additionally, I believe in interdisciplinary and thematic learning. This often involves learning about a theme and integrating mathematics, literacy, social studies, and arts all in one experience. I particularly enjoy integrating history through reading and writing.
I believe a classroom should be rooted in respect. Each student should hold respect for themselves and others. This means ensuring each student feels safe, valued, and respected to take academic and social risks throughout the year in fourth grade.