Hello and welcome to 6th Grade! I am very excited about this school year!
My name is Marley Harper and I graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. I am very excited because this will be my first year teaching at Cedartown Middle School.
Some of my favorite activities include writing, going to concerts, reading, playing piano, and traveling.
I am looking forward to working with a wonderful group of students at Cedartown Middle School. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at any time!
I think that the best teachers are the ones that never stop learning themselves. To show my students that I never stop learning, I will share books with them that I have read and I may even share with them some of my own writing and ask their feedback on it. I think the best kinds of teachers are the ones that learn from their students and that learn from their colleagues. A teacher that claims to know everything is not going to set a good example for their students because the students need to know that you are learning with them, that you are learning from them, and that you are open to learning. How can you expect your students to be open to learning when you are not open to learning? I never want to be the kind of teacher who claims to know everything because I’m not perfect and I don’t want to set the example that I’m perfect because I want my students to know it’s okay to be flawed. I don’t believe in being a teacher that demands respect, but doesn’t give respect. There’s just something not right about that. In the real world, you can’t expect someone to respect you when you don’t respect them back. I believe that the same thing applies in the classroom.
I believe that we should view students as people and not just students. I think as teachers it is important to respect the fact that every student learns differently and to respect the fact that you don’t just have a classroom, but you have a class full of 20 or 30 individual people with different dreams and goals. I think it’s important to notice that and know that every single student in your class likes different things and learns in different ways. I think it’s important to know that as a teacher so I want to make sure that I don’t look out and see a classroom of students, but instead I look out and see individual students who have different ways of learning. It is my job to find out those ways of learning and be aware of that when creating my lessons.