First off, I just want to thank you for allowing me to have this experience in your classroom. I am excited to learn alongside you and the students I will be teaching, and I am excited to take the knowledge and theory that I have learned and apply it in a classroom setting.
My name is Danielle Vankoughnett. I am currently in my fourth year of my Bachelor of Education degree, specializing in Middle Years. I come from a small town in Saskatchewan called Hudson Bay. Some of my favorite things to do include snowmobiling, ice fishing, and spending time with family and friends. I attended Kindersley Westberry Elementary School until Grade 2, and then when I moved to Hudson Bay. I attended schools in Hudson Bay until grade 12 before furthering my education at the University of Regina in the Bachelor of Education Program.
I have always wanted to become a teacher, so my experience with children is very widespread. When I was in grade 10, I took courses to be an Assistant Water Safety Instructor and a Water Safety Instructor. Taking these courses reinforced how much I wanted to teach. In Grade 12, I volunteered at our local elementary school. The classes I volunteered in were a grades one, two and six. Out of all three of them, I liked grade 6 the most because the teacher which reinforced my choice for wanting to teach middle years.
One of my summer student jobs was working at our local day care. At this job, I learned how to organize activities for the children and also how to interact with them. One aspect I really took away was how to be patient with the children, which I think is a key ingredient to being a good teacher.
Part of my teaching philosophy is to have students feel they are in a safe and comfortable learning environment. I think this is crucial for them to have successful learning. I want my students to be comfortable so I can ask thought- provoking questions. I think that by having a safe and comfortable environment, the students will also be better able to get along with one another.
Again, I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to be in your classroom and to learn along with you and your students.