Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am so very pleased to be teaching your child this year! Research has shown that the greater the parental involvement, the greater the student success. I fully endorse that belief! It is my desire to extend classroom learning and sync it seamlessly with the learning at home. Education is not a unilateral process. I will be in touch with you regularly throughout the year, updating you on your child's progress and communicating ways in which we can work together to ensure your child's success.
I want to let you know that I am a dedicated and passionate educator who is committed to every student. My pedagogical philosophy is straightforward: I "work with" students (honing their skill sets and polishing their talents) rather than simply "teaching to" them. I am a Queen’s University Concurrent Education graduate who has taught on all levels. This is my 18th year teaching having previously taught at Yorkhill Elementary School, Richmond Rose Public School and Nokiidaa Public School. I am thrilled to be joining Whitchurch Highlands Public School as I start a new chapter in my career!
I update our learning throughout the day on Google Classroom. A daily learning summary will be emailed to you at day's end for you to review alongside your child. The Zello App (https://www.zello.com) will serve as our “go to” tool to facilitate parent/teacher communication. As such, frequently visit the app! I will also provide you access to your child’s Remote Learning Google Drive. I will upload notable work within this drive alongside additional resources, exemplars, passwords, etc. for your perusal! When learning remotely, homework can be submitted within your child's "Finished Folder" or can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Kindly include your child's name in the email subject). Be aware that my website (www.drooker.ca) has webpages for every subject and unit! Each page contains invaluable links, photos, anchor charts, tutorial videos, work samples, downloadable organizers, games and extra practice opportunities which bridge our learning between classroom and home.
Thank you in advance for all of your continued time, effort, energy and support. I truly am looking forward to a tremendous year!
CORE PEDAGOGICAL BELIEFS
“Working with” rather than “Teaching to” students!
“Interesting learning” is the number one classroom management tool!
Research has shown that the greater the parental involvement, the greater the student success. I wholeheartedly endorse that belief!
A balanced literacy program with the gradual release of responsibility serves as the fundamental backbone to my instruction! Not only is it board policy, it is my personal policy!
A successful numeracy program is best accomplished through a comprehensive math program (Mini lessons, Puzzles, Meaningful Problems (delivered through a 3 part lesson structure))
A cross curricular approach is ideal as it models for students the interplay between one subject and another!
Equity vs. Equality: Treating everyone exactly the same actually is not fair. What equal treatment does do is erase our differences and promote privilege. Differentiated instruction is the way to go! everydayfeminism.com/2014/09/equality-is-not-enough/
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