My name is Ms Carolyn, and I am from Scotland, which is part of the UK. This is now my ninth year as a teacher and my fifth year at EMS! I have just completed my Masters in Science (Education), which was a lot of hard work! However, I love to learn new things and try out new approaches in my classroom. As such, I hope you are just as excited as I am to explore, investigate and learn together!
As we set out together on this learning journey, it is important to remember why we do what we do, both as teachers and learners. You see, as shocking as it seems, the true purpose of education is not for students simply to score highly on a test! While this may be a welcome product of sound teaching and learning, education is about much, much more than a percentage score on an assessment paper.
As a class teacher, I hope to help my students develop a wide set of skills: ones that are not limited to the subject specific but include skills such as leadership, collaboration, self-direction and so on. As such, I would encourage students to take some time at the start of this year to reflect on what they would like to work on, beyond academics. Becoming more confident, making new friends and showing greater empathy for others: these are examples of goals that are just as important as being able to do mental maths or write an exciting story.
Here's to learning more than how to pass tests! Let's make the year ahead a great one.