Learning Principles

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This is me, sitting in my desk in the English classroom. When this photo was taken, I was pondering about the school’s learning principles. The school principal explained us five principles of the school’s learning community:

Aperture to diversity: there are students of diverse talents and there are exceptional students with diverse capacities. We as student teachers must embrace them all.

Aperture to participation: is everyone’s responsibility to participate in the school’s activities.

Aperture to learning from mistakes: for learning to read and to write students must commit many mistakes. In order to learn we must embrace mistakes all times.

Aperture to resolving conflicts positively: there are problems in all schools, but we must teach how to resolve conflicts positively and peacefully.

Aperture to reflection: reflection is important because we must teach to reflect constantly how to do things better.

I have another “learning principle” of my own:

Aperture to personal growth: in everything I do I must be open to my student’s personal growth. I must be focused on helping them to grow as persons the best way they can. This includes promoting the best academic achievement but also promoting school values as honesty, justice, democracy and peace.

Besides pondering these principles, today I helped fourth grade students making Power Point presentations about the Universe.

Let’s keep growing!

My First Day as Student Teacher!

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Today, March 12, 2018, is my first day as student teacher. I am going to be student teacher at the UPR Elementary School.

I arrived early enough to drink a coffee before 7:30 a.m., when we were scheduled to start our teaching practicum. The classes start at 8:00 a.m.

One of the first things I was informed by my cooperator teacher, teacher Richard, once I got into the classroom is that I am going to be giving ESL classes to the third grade, after noon. However, I still observed the 8:00 a.m. fourth grade class, it was about adjectives. I also attended a meeting to participate in a research about the perceptions of speaking English among the students at the school and attended a meeting with the school director for all the student teachers of the UPR Elementary School.

Here I am, in the entrance of the school with all my student practicum classmates.

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Here I am with my teacher practicum supervisor, the professor Cristina Guerra, and my ESL student teacher classmates.

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Today had been an amazing day! Let’s keep growing!