Julia Rose ('14)
Year: Graduate student
Major/Concentration: IDLS/Elementary Education
What are your expectations for this academic year?
My main goal for this year is to solidify the true definition of a successful elementary school teacher. I hope that my classes continue to challenge me as a student, exposing me to innovative techniques and methodologies that I can use to become an exceptional educator.
What inspired you to pursue a career in Education?
From a young age I knew I was destined to be a teacher. As a high school student and undergraduate student at JMU, I have had extensive exposure working with children. It is truly amazing to see them develop so rapidly over time and become more competent in their studies.
Which class would you consider to have made the biggest impact on you as a future educator?
The two classes that have really made an impact on my experience as an IDLS major are Children and Science (ELED 432) and Classroom Management and Professional Collaboration (EXED 440). I found the information we learned in both to be very applicable for when we will design our own classroom policies and teaching techniques, as both classes related to managing students behavior.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I maintain the philosophy that every student deserves the opportunity to learn, no matter the level of their intellectual abilities or their personal background. I will make sure that all of my students individual needs are met in the classroom, ensuring that they feel like they are included and well-represented in the class.
What are your techniques in creating a safe and effective learning environment?
When creating a safe and effective learning environment, it is important that I make sure that all of my students feel not only welcomed but wanted when coming to class each day. Through continuous support and encouragement, I plan to create an atmosphere that inspires my students to participate, be inquisitive, and avoid judgment of new ideas.
How do you make learning fun?
Learning becomes fun when you are able to teach to the strengths and/or learning preferences of your students. By adhering to these standards, the students will be more likely to enjoy partaking in class activities and discussions because it suits their style. In order to uncover these behaviors and preferences, it is important for me to have the chance to create bonds with my students – bonds that allow them to feel comfortable enough to share new ideas and be themselves.