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Miss Maria Ann Schifferns
"Teaching is the act of sharing the knowledge you have been given with the hope that some day in some way it will be passed on." ~Author Unknown
My name is Maria Ann Schifferns. I come from a little town called Riverton in Wyoming. I grew up there and lived there most of my life. I love everything about Wyoming, but mostly the mountains; the trees, the rivers, the lakes. I spent many vacations as a child in the mountains, with my family. I graduated high school from Riverton High School. I earned three associates degrees in Biological Sciences, Elementary Education and Secondary Education from Central Wyoming College. I then went to the University of Wyoming, where I graduated in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education of Arts and Science with a Major in Biological Sciences and a minor in English. My future goal is to get my secondary degree in biology and eventually to get my doctorate in bioengineering. That's way in the future though.
Philosophy in Education
My personal goal for my classroom is to challenge students and watch them grow academically as well as socially to their full potential. I want to take students at different levels and see them develop together for the betterment of each individual. Therefore, groupwork is a crucial key in developing a successful class and is something I value. When students help other students achieve, it changes each person and transforms the atmosphere of the classroom as a whole.
In my classroom, I want students to be allowed to express themselves through many different learning styles. Students should be able to experiment with likes and dislikes and to realize strengths and weaknesses. Students should feel safe to make mistakes, but know to try again, because this is how we learn.
I want to teach in a way that has some straightforward instruction, because we all have to learn to follow directions. But, I also want to teach in a way that allows students room to grow in to independent learners, where they seek knowledge and understanding on their own, but come to me with questions they just can't answer. At the beginning of the year, they may seem less confident and unable to do their own work, but by the end of the year, I want them to be able to pose their own questions to problems, be self starters, and work independently without me always by their side. I feel it is beneficial for students to sometimes work for the answer rather than being told because it stretches their understanding and teaches them to problem solve by finding their own way to get the goal.
I also feel a key to success is for the class to work on projects to benefit others. As an educator, my heart is in helping others, and I think service projects help students see they can make a difference in someone else's life.
I also think as an educator, it is critical to remember to enjoy each student for who they are, and everything they have to offer. Each one brings their own struggles, but with courage, understanding, and love, an educator can make a difference in most children's lives. We, as educators, have the power to make or break change. I pray I will always be a positive change maker.