Welcome to Preschool!!!Ms. Del Collo's Philosophy of Teaching
I believe that every child needs to be met on their level, supported through scaffolding and individualized instruction, allowing them to meet the high standards set for them. Having taught in multiple inclusion classrooms, I understand that no two students learn in the same way. Therefore, in order to meet these high standards, I am willing to experiment with and utilize a wide variety of teaching methods. Since having the opportunity to teach in inclusion classrooms, I believe all classrooms should have an inclusive setting which recognizes each child’s varied abilities, needs, interests and learning styles. Children learn best by doing things for themselves with as little help as possible. I also believe that children learn best when given something to work towards and creating challenges within their reach - much like Lev Vygotsky believed with his theory on scaffolding. As well, I believe in the integration of learning and play. Philosopher Jean Piaget taught us that children learn through the active exploration of a wide variety of objects and also by exploring their environment. Through play, children explore their world, take risks and make mistakes. They learn to use their imaginations and develop creative thinking and they learn to express themselves. I strive for a balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities which provide a strong foundation. Given the opportunity to explore the world around them, young children become active, involved learners. My role is to create a safe and welcoming classroom environment that meets the needs of each student. I believe, like Maria Montessori, that children should have free access to all learning materials, as well as having the opportunity to use child-sized, real tools. All materials should be displayed in a neat, and orderly manner, on low-lying shelves which are easily accessible to children and labeled for easy organization. I believe that learning materials arranged in this manner will help children know what to expect, where to find things, and will help teach them to clean up after themselves. My classroom should also be a place for students to feel valued and included. Not only will I offer varied opportunities for learning, but I will support them socially and emotionally. My classroom will be a nurturing and supportive space that encourages positive interactions between children. I will make sure that it is safe, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate. I will ensure that children feel welcome, validate their thoughts and feelings, and provide them with numerous opportunities to practice and learn social skills throughout their educational day. I not only believe that parents are their child’s first teachers, they are my main connection between home and school. Parents and teachers should have a shared approach towards their child’s education. I believe that families should be involved in a child's education from the very start. Children need to know that their parents not only love and support them, but that their education is something they also value and encourage. I will support family involvement by inviting families to visit my classroom, asking about family traditions and displaying family pictures within my classroom. I believe that I can be one of the best resources to advocate on behalf of my students and their families. I will do this by providing information about important community and social issues that affect my students’ and their families. I will help parents reach out to the correct community resources for mental, financial or educational support when they are in need. What I want my parents to know is that preschool is their child’s first learning experience. In preschool, playing is learning, and my job as their teacher is to help them develop crucial skills through that play. Behind all of the dramatic play (social skills), block building (motor skills), and games (cognitive skills) in the preschool classroom are carefully planned lessons that teach those crucial skills. Your children learn science, math, literacy, and social development through each different activity and interaction they have throughout their educational day. I believe that when playing to learn is used correctly, children become curious, well-rounded learners who are able to make independent choices and act responsibly.
Ms. Del Collo's Virtual Schedule (pdf)
Cohort #1 schedule (pdf)
Cohort #2 Schedule (pdf)
Social distance Greetings (1) (pdf)
Social Distance Greetings (pdf)
Ms. Del Collo's Google Classroom
Here is the link to Ms. Del Collo's Google Classroom.