My name is Monica Damron, I graduated high school right here from Rockmart High School. That said, I went to many schools in between that, 12 to be exact!
I have 3 degrees:
My Associates (Floyd Jr. College),
Bachelors (University of West Georgia),
Masters Degree (Grand Canyon University).
My Teaching Philosophy
The philosophical beliefs that determine how I teach have remained strong and steady throughout my fourteen years of teaching.
Fundamentally, middle school students are at significant, fascinating stage in their lives. Their bodies and minds are changing like it once did as when they were two years old—fast. They are some may say it is another terrible two phase! They are not as dependent on their parents, but they are not capable of making difficult decisions. Change is happening so fast. As teachers, it is our responsibility to help the students and parents through this second round of the terrible twos! Middle School years are fun.
- In my classroom, the students to be active in their learning, with opportunities for creativity, exploring their own ideas, and self-reflection.
- I want my students to feel successful in my class. I say this, but I also do not want them to be afraid to make mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. One does not hop on a bike and ride perfect the first time. It takes practice. My goal is to help them find their way in writing, reading, and grammar. We will find what works for each one, and make a success story for all of us in our class.
- I believe learning is best in an environment based on caring and respect that feels safe. My classroom is my home for 40 hours a week, I try to have pride in my home. I clean, pick up, and take care of respect and dignity. Students will learn to be team players. Team players respect each other, each other’s property, and everything in between. I hope that we learn from each player how to be better players in life—to show compassion, understanding, and growth for learning by the time our year comes to an end.
- Collaborative work is proven to be more productive in the learning environment. It works well if everyone is respectful and supportive in their relationships with each other. We must strive to be accepting of differences—of all kinds.
- I believe that students are more than a test score. Students are evaluated on many levels of learning in my class to determine their level of understanding of the concepts being taught.
- Parents are the underlying success of the students. Parents must be involved in the students’ education process. Each student requires different amount of involvement, but parents do set the foundation. Communication, routine, expectations, and following up with the students, and teachers is the key. I have set the pathway for this to happen on my part: e-mail, showed my schedule for conferences, Remind with open text, and other school events.