Taylor’s Response: Education plays a big role in children’s lives. Going to school and seeing their friends is something a young child looks forward to every morning. Teachers also play a significant role because they are the students role models, someone they look up to. Fortunately, for me, I had a teacher that had such an inspiration on me and made elementary school a great experience for me. Mrs. Vance was my second grade teacher, who I requested to have because she had taught my older sister and brother. I admired her love for the students and her need to build those student teacher bonds.
A favorite memory of mine is the v-bucks, monolpoly money, she was handed out to her students. If a good deed was done or if a question was answered correctly Mrs. Vance would give out v-bucks. Eventually, we could cash in our v-bucks and buy something from the prize box. The prize box included fancy pens and pencils, animal shaped erasers, designed notebooks, etc. It was a successful way to get her students going above and beyond to try and get v-bucks. It also taught the students a small lesson on saving money and the benefits from it. Obviously, the bigger, better prizes cost more money and students would need to save money for weeks in order to afford these certain prizes.
I cannot wait to be in my own classroom. I will be certain to make strong connections with the students and make them feel welcomed and accepted. My classroom will be a positive environment for students to learn and grow.