Welcome to my classroom

Welcome students and families! I am extremely excited to have you in my class next year! Our journey will be full of learning, exploring and growing, and I cannot wait to start on this journey without you!
This summer I will start posting on our blog about the coming school year. The posts will include things like school supplies, Open House information, and details for starting school. Enjoy your summer vacation and get ready for a TERRIFIC 2014/2015school year.
Take some time to visit the page “All About me” to get to know more about me, your teacher. I would also love to hear more about all of you. If you would like to share information with me throughout the summer I would really enjoy it! Send me a picture or short email! I would love learning about your summer acitivites and thoughts for next year.
Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at sunitadwivedi99@gmail.com I am so excited to get to know all of you this next school year. We are going to have a GREAT year together!

About Me
My name is Sunita Dwivedi. I live in Guwahati, Assam . Basically, I am from Dehradun ,Uttarakhand .
I have done my schooling from Canossa Convent ,Faizabad U.P. I have done my Post Graduation and B.Ed course from Awadh university.

I joined KVS in the year 2003 as a primary teacher and this is my eleventh year of teaching in Kendriya Vidyalaya. I have worked as a primary school teacher at various Kendriya Vidyalayas gaining a lot of experience along the way and I currently teach in Kendriya Vidyalaya AFS Borjhar Guwahati . Here I am a Hindi teacher of third to five .
I am a dynamic, motivated teacher with experience in teaching all primary classes. I have a strong interest in being involved in, and promoting, creative thinking, inclusive education, multicultural recognition, environmental conservation and performance arts. I design balanced, innovative programs that encourage students to make a positive impact on their local and global communities within the scope of current curriculum frameworks and educational models.
I love to do creative work , You will often find me not too far away from cutting papers, pasting ,drawing. I also love to beautify the school.
I am a quiet achiever, determined, organised and an eternal optimist. I am very determined and I’m constantly striving to be the best primary school teacher that I can be.
I am recipient of CV Science teaching Award 2012 and KVS Regional Incentive Award 2014.

Career Objective
To obtain a position working as a Primary school teacher. I hope to bring focus to environmental awareness through language , natural sciences, and outdoor education. I am a flexible, open-minded individual, always looking to learn and experiment with new teaching methods, while working in different areas in a different Kendriya Vidyalaya.

Philosophy of Teaching
“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think – rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.” – Bill Beatie
It is my love of children, socially responsible, open-hearted individuals, that has allowed me the proper mindset to reflect upon my philosophy of education. In keeping with these dreams, I believe that in order to fully educate any person, one must grant that person the freedom to learn, to create, to speak their mind and to make mistakes. My goal as a teacher is to channel these freedoms when guiding the young minds of children. I feel that learning can only occur when a student feels encouraged to meet their full potential; I aspire to create an environment which allows children to feel comfortable expressing their needs, personal and academic goals, and aspirations while certain that they will receive the respect of their classmates and myself. I believe wholeheartedly in the concept of the classroom community – each child feeling equally responsible for the well-being of their peers as they do themselves. With an attention for mindfulness, students become socially responsible learners, open to different ideas, values and mentalities – open to learning. In such an environment I will take the role as facilitator, providing materials and outlets for students to reach their potential.

I strive to create student-centered classrooms, where students become united and empowered, playing a larger role in each day’s events, decisions and responsibilities. I impart this type of learning by working with individuals, recognizing their goals and values and creating opportunities for them to suggest topics of interest, or different approaches to learning. I believe that this type of classroom sparks critical thinking, as students create suggestions rather than becoming constant receivers of instruction.

My goal is to reach every student, as opposed to teaching to the typically developing students. While I strive to create an inclusive classroom, I try and use various teaching methods which differentiate instruction and provide students with opportunities to explore different interests, while diversifying their problem solving mechanisms. These learning methods often include, but are not limited to music, naturalist, verbal-linguistic, kinaesthetic, visual, and dramatic intelligences. I often engage students in outdoor experiential learning. I believe that forming a relationship with the natural world opens students to a realm of different possibilities while growing an awareness and love of their surrounding environment, feeling more inclined to protect our earth and its inhabitants.

In holding high expectations for students, we demonstrate our confidence in their ability to achieve their goals. While the expectations for my students remain high, my expectations for myself are even greater. In order to uphold these expectations, I have become a most reflective individual, often assessing my actions and methodology in order to improve. I try to impart this reflective behaviour upon my students, as a tactic in management. If students, of any age, reflect upon their own actions in misdemeanour, they are more likely to understand the consequences and to think twice before repeating such activities. With my students I am gentle and forgiving. Thus it is out of compassion, rather than fear, that they decide to act respectfully, returning the respect that I evenly display. We create promises to ourselves, within our community, to fulfill our goals and respect one another – I have learnt over time that a student feels greater joy and aptitude for keeping their own promises and feel a larger tie to these undertakings, in order to preserve a level of self-respect.

Each student is unique. Each student enters the open doors of a classroom with hopes, dreams and aspirations. My hope is to welcome these dreams and provide students with the drive to persist, the audacity to question, and the humility to reflect. Amongst scholastic skills and knowledge, I hope to provide my students with a key to the realm of learning, guiding them to each open door and harnessing their independent nature, through which they may discover growth. It is through such guidance that I may learn from constantly from my students, and the world surrounding, as learning never stops and as I strive to pass on my knowledge, I am forever a recipient of the world’s teachings.

Big Ideas for Classroom Management
Environment

Goal: To create a positive, welcoming atmosphere where children feel welcome and motivated to learn.
Means:
– Welcoming students into a clean, presentable classroom, which leaves space for their own creations to be hung on the walls, but is still warm and inviting.

Community

Goal: To create a classroom community where each child feels a sense of ownership in the classroom and a sense of responsibility for themselves and their peers.

Means:
– Create a system of duties (helping hands system) where students have responsibilities in the classroom and feel as though their efforts are essential to the well-being of the community.
– Ensure that students feel comfortable in the classroom setting (physically in terms of their desk, materials, safety, etc. and emotionally).
– Model positive behaviour that is expected in the classroom; earn students’ trust and respect by treating them with respect and remaining supportive.
– Create a collective set of rules and manifestos with the students.
– Collaborate ideas with colleagues to create a broader school community

Organization

Goal: To establish a sense of routine within the classroom to allow for students to become easily acquainted and oriented with the structure. (This will create an easier transition for students if they feel a sense of regularity in their day).

Means:
– Create systems which take place each day. (eg: Morning message, helping hands, etc.)
– Remain consistent both in action and regular systems routine.
– Make sure paperwork comes in, while creating smooth lines of communication with parents.

First Few Days

Goal: To allow for a smooth and comfortable transition to take place for students from one grade level to the next.

Means:
– Get to know each student as an individual (assess their strengths, weaknesses and learn about their interests, personalities, etc.) Contact parents, learn about students’ health requirements
– Ice breakers: Interview Activities, fun learning activities for assessment, active games for full class involvement. Engage in unifying exercises.
– Be prepared with differentiates materials and be prepared for things to be chaotic: remain flexible and positive!

Steps for Positive Classroom Behaviour
1. Positive Environment and Modeling: It is my goal to create a positive environment where students learn positive behaviour through my own example. By instilling a classroom community mentality, students will gain respect for one another, themselves and their teachers, if respected in return. In order to initiate this community setting, I will hold small discussions outlining the meaning of respect, responsibility and community, where students will be welcome to share their ideas, thoughts and opinions in an open space, empowering their motives and supporting their own view points.
2. Positive Statements: Use positive reminders, such as, “Let`s walk in the classroom”, as opposed to, “Do not run”`.
Positive Reinforcement: Reinforce good behaviour with positive affirmation, while trying to implement the notion of doing ‘good’ for sake of goodness, rather than for reward.
Motivation: With a large group, in order to ensure students are saying on task, find out what motivates them as a group. What types of topics or activities interest them? Incorporate these into daily planning to ensure that students enjoy learning and want to become part of the classroom community for this reason.
3. Interventions:
Remain Consistent: Set the tone of the classroom with consistency so that students know what to expect and how they are expected to behave.
Appropriate Consequences: Rather than punishing students with unrelated methods, provide consequences that are directly linked to their actions, so they can mindfully reflect on their actions and understand the ramifications of them.
Reflection: Have students reflect on their actions and provide a rationale for your own actions as a teacher. Example: I am asking you to be quiet because it is really hard to teach when we are both speaking. I would love to listen to what you have to say when it’s your turn to speak. This way students can reflect on their actions, with a greater understanding of their own actions.
Sensitivity: Be sensitive to each individual case. Every student has their own reasons for acting out or needing extra attention. Use creative solutions for dealing with individuals and ensure they still feel loved and supported while dealing with the consequences of their actions.
Bringing technology to the class room
Technology is a growing field and generates great interest from young students internationally. I feel that it is important for teachers to be well-versed in the field, in order to introduce students to programs which can benefit their learning. However, I feel that it is important to ensure that students have ample to time to develop skills without the use of technology to ensure that they are able to practice independent thinking, writing, reading, spelling, etc.

A System Created For Everyone To Learn
I believe our students are our future. Each of our students has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. Teaching is an important and honorable occupation that demands commitment. There are miracles, learning, healing, laughter, sharing and love every day in classrooms all around the world. A teacher has the opportunity to impact on students’ lives in a positive way; this is a huge privilege that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
As a dedicated teacher, I will endeavor to uphold the following.

• Ensure that student learning needs are the primary focus of attention.
• Demonstrate enthusiasm and the importance for each.
• Incorporate ICT in classroom experiences in meaningful and interactive ways.
• Hold a positive regard for all students and ensure that respect is maintained within the classroom at all times.
• Believe in the ability of all students to learn, expect all students to learn and convey this expectation to individuals, the class and the community.
• Create a classroom that is a welcoming, positive and fair environment where all students learn from one another and feel safe and comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas.
• Establish high, however not unreachable, standards and provide support to students to reach those standards.
• Embrace the constructivist learning approach which includes the following.
• The teacher acting as the facilitator and the learner being active and involved.
• Students exposed to alternative viewpoints of group members.
• Language is developed in context by the teacher and the peer group is important.
• A need to acknowledge that individual learning outcomes may be different.
• Testing emphasizes performance rather than potential.
• Ensure my students are actively engaged in learning experiences which deal with issues which they regard as important in their lives.
• Ensure deep learning is imparted rather than rote learning and my students are supported in order to make connections to understand relationships.
• Provide specific and meaningful positive feedback and encouragement to my students as it is important to me that my students build up their confidence and develop intrinsic motivation.
• Monitor individual student learning and plan according to the needs of individuals, groups and the whole class.
• Foster independent learning.
• Expect students to take responsibility for their learning.
• Model what is to be expected of the students.
• Create a learning environment that is serious and thoughtful, while using light humour to create a sense of community.
• Be prepared and to continue to learn from the students and to grow in understanding regarding content.
• Continually reflect on my practice and demonstrate my commitment to lifelong learning by seeking out appropriate collegial support and furthering my own professional development.
• Hold myself accountable to high standards of performance and continually seek improvement in present and future performance.
• Make a difference in my school community by working as part of a team with my colleagues and sharing my knowledge and skills whenever I can

Welcome students and families!
I am extremely excited to have you in my class. Our journey will be full of learning, exploring and growing. I am so excited to get to know all of you this school year. We are going to have a GREAT year together!
About Me
I joined KVS in the year 2003 as a primary teacher and this is my twelveth year of teaching in Kendriya Vidyalaya. I have worked as a primary school teacher at various Kendriya Vidyalayas.
I am a quiet achiever, determined, organised and an eternal optimist. I am very determined and I’m constantly striving to be the best primary school teacher that I can be.
I am recipient of Oracle think quest Award 2008 (Bangalore Region) CV Raman Science teaching Award 2012 (Chennai Region ) and KVS Regional Incentive Award 2014.(Guwahati Region)
Each student is unique. Each student enters the open doors of a classroom with hopes, dreams and aspirations. My hope is to welcome these dreams and provide students with the drive to persist, the audacity to question, and the humility to reflect. Amongst scholastic skills and knowledge
We believe in the dictum that THE PARENTS ARE THE FIRST TEACHERS AND THE TEACHERS ARE THE SECOND PARENTS
A WORD TO PARENTS

Readiness programme (6 weeks)
Date of commencement of classes: ……………………………
All parents of class I along with their wards are requested to assemble in the school assembly on ………………… by 8:00 AM for a short meeting. . School timings 08:00 AM to 11:00 (half day)
Child must come regular in school uniform.
Children must wear the duly filled temporary photo ID card till they get their regular ID card.
Children need not to bring readers and regular note books, till they are asked to bring.
Send your child with a handkerchief, water bottle, healthy snacks in easy to open lunch box, one set of neatly washed and pressed dress, one rough note book ( un ruled ) , crayons, pencil ,rubber, sharpener and school bag.
Always write your ward’s name and class on every belonging of your child.
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS TO PARENTS
SCHOOL TIMING -8:00 AM TO 2:10PM 5 days only (Monday – Friday)
School will function only for Half day on all last working day of the month.
Parents are requested to make their own arrangements to drop the child before 08:00 am and pick up the child immediately after 2:10pm.
Lunch Break – 11:00 am to 11:30am
Intimate the school in case of any change in your address, telephone number(s) and e-mail address. This will facilitate school authorities to contact the parents in case of any emergency.
Instruct your ward to report at the school reception in case he/she has to remain in the school after 2:10 p.m.
Check the diary OR note book regularly for any entries/circulars from the school. The diary may also be used by the parent/s for communicating with the teacher/s or school authorities.
Regularly check your wards class work / home work / written assignments / students diary and pay attention to the teacher’s remarks Regular homework assignments are given to students to reinforce the learning in school. Homework also helps to inculcate good study habits among students
The School periodically organizes parent-teacher meetings Attendance of at least one of the parents in such meetings will render such activities productive and useful.
LEAVE
Leave of absence will be granted only for genuine reasons requisition should be made on written application by the parents. Leaves during cycle tests are strongly discouraged.
Leave on account of illness during tests or otherwise will be granted only if a medical certificate for the same is submitted.
Holidays in addition to the regular term breaks should be avoided.
Do not send anyone else to pick/drop your child without a proper authority letter that has been duly signed by you. It must also consist of your residence/mobile nos
Pupil suffering from infectious diseases will not be permitted to attend the class.
Parents are not allowed to visit the students during class hours.
Parents are requested to co-operate with the teachers in all matters relating to their wards.
# Refer to the school website ( http://www.kvafsborjhar.edu.in/) for the latest updates.
# Refer to My Blog (sunitadwivedi99.wordpress.com) for more learning experience.
Happy learning, Sunita Dwivedi

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2 comments on “Welcome to my classroom

  1. usha says:

    Lovely….. keep it up..

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