This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special.
Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Missy Mayer
School: Robinson Elementary School
What makes your classroom special? I think what really makes our classroom special is that we truly care about one another. These kids look out for each other and want what’s best for their friends. If someone is sad, they recognize that and know how to cheer them up. When someone shares a good thing, we are genuinely happy for them. We follow the Golden Rule and we try to model that for our younger friends and for our peers.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? My No. 1 goal as a teacher, aside from showing at least a year of growth for all students, is to create a community of learners that feel safe, loved, cared for, and respected. I hope to help grow these little humans into productive, empathetic, and successful adults who will make a difference in the world. I’ve always tried to be the teacher I would want my own children to have.
What special project is your classroom working on now? There are several, great, new things that our entire school is working on right now, but the one my class is most excited about is our, “Kindness Rocks” project. Students and staff are being recognized on morning announcements for doing kind acts. They can be as simple as holding a door open for a friend, or picking up books that someone dropped in the hallway. We are teaching kids that even the smallest acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed.
How is your classroom involved with the community? We are working toward maintaining our ‘Michigan Emerald Award’ school status through recycling efforts and raising awareness of the importance of taking care of the earth. All students take turns working in the lunchroom to recycle the Styrofoam lunch trays, which are collected by a company that reuses them and turns them into other products, such as picture frames. We also have playground trash clean-up days, and our school recycles paper, plastic, ink cartridges, and metal. I really hope to help instill a love of our planet and to teach young children the importance of taking care of the earth, as well as being good stewards of the environment.
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? First of all I want them to know that reading is the key to success and truly opens the door to a world of possibilities. Just like exercising makes your body stronger and healthier, reading is a workout for your brain. Books can teach us about different cultures, people who made or continue to make the world a better place, and they help us to grow up to be empathetic towards other.
I also hope they have learned that it’s ok to make mistakes, but it’s not ok to give up trying. I hope that they always have a growth mindset, and continue to want to learn more and more throughout their lives, not just while they are in school. No matter what they grow up and become as adults, I mostly hope they spread kindness!