Welcome to my site!

Welcome, I’m Shary and this is my blog! I’m a regular girl, pretty low maintenance with a big imagination, good memory and a brain that thinks way too much! My journey begins in a small town at the foot hills of the Watagan Mountains, known to the locals as the Jewel of the Mountain. I am currently in my final year of Primary Education, choosing to study by distance as it allows me to be more flexible with practicum, family and other commitments. I am studying to become a primary teacher in order to achieve a more secure future for myself and my family, and have decided to follow my passion to teach.

My Personal Teaching Philosophy

Throughout my learning journey, I have developed a few philosophical beliefs regarding learning, and the importance of quality teaching.

Firstly, I believe our children are the future, because each child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. Therefore in my classroom, I will encourage enthusiasm and active participation amongst my students, as I scaffold the development of necessary skills and knowledge, particularly in relation to inquiry and decision-making that will help prepare them for life as lifelong learners.

Secondly, I believe each child is a unique individual, who needs a secure, caring and stimulating learning environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. Children are unique because they gain their understanding of the social world and their place in it from what they experience. If adults respond to a child frequently with warm, caring and respectful interactions, the child will build an image of themselves as someone who is cared about, who has worthwhile ideas and who is interesting to others. Therefor in my classroom, I will create a stimulating learning environment that reflective and rich in culture, identifying families and the wider community.

Thirdly, I believe that education is the foundation for success and is a lifelong learning process. As an educator I want to make a difference in education and help students strive to achieve where they want to be headed in life. Therefore in my classroom I will be the type of teacher that motivates, inspires and encourages my students to ask questions, make mistakes, receive feedback and be the best that they can be.

Check out my blog for loads of teaching articles, teaching resources, lesson plans, book recommendations, all my classroom must haves and of course all of my little creative classroom projects and ideas.

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~ Shantelle Fay Downey


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