Laura Smalling

Content Area: Elementary Education

Placement: 3rd Grade, Stonehouse Elementary

Teaching Statement:
As a teacher, I hope to ultimately be a source of inspiration for my students. I want my words to spark interest in my students and instill in them an eagerness to learn. I believe my role as teacher would best be fulfilled not by lecturing or teaching to a standardized test, but by creating opportunities that allow my students to inspire what I teach. I hope to shape my students into active participants in their learning, rather than passive observers. My greatest hope is that I can affect positive change in the way my students learn and help them begin a lifelong quest for knowledge.

Biggest Hope: To be an inspiration and positive role model for my students.

Biggest Fear: Having classroom management difficulties.