ARTIFACT COVER SHEET DATE April 27, 2006 NAME Jaime Rae Jones MAJOR(S) CMDS ELED Select your 3rd Major ARTIFACT TITLE Welcome Letter, Dream Classroom RELATED COURSE EDUC 275 INSTRUCTOR Professor Julie Ashworth RELATED PROGRAM COMPETENCY #5 Classroom Management and Motivation Skills IN THE SPACE BELOW, DESCRIBE THE ARTIFACT The first artifact is my classroom environment paper in the form of a "Welcome Letter" to my students and their parents. It describes how the classroom will be set up and run, as well as what I as a teacher expect from them, and what they as parents and students can expect from me. The second artifact is a description of my dream classroom, if I were to have unlimited space and resources. IN THE SPACE BELOW, DESCRIBE IN WHAT WAY(S) THIS ARTIFACT RELATES TO THE COMPETENCY YOU ALIGNED IT WITH AND HOW IT CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR GROWING COMPETENCE IN THIS AREA In order to have a classroom that runs effectively, all parties involved must know what is going on within. A welcome letter that goes home with the students, or that is mailed out prior to the first day of class, will get students excited for school. When parents understand what is expected of them as well, they are more likely to be (and want to be) involved with their child's classroom. What better way to motivate students than to make sure they know that the classroom they spend every day in is truly theirs? Students are also more likely to appreciate a classroom that is spacious and well- furnished. They will be motivated to learn when they know there are spaces they can go to besides a table, and when they have all the necessary resources plus some. IN THE SPACE BELOW, EXPLAIN HOW THIS ARTIFACT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE CIRCLE OF COURAGE AND ITS CORE VALUES OF BELONGING, MASTERY, INDEPENDENCE, AND/OR GENEROSITY Belonging By having a classroom that the students are largely responsible for, it will encourage a sense of belonging. That way, each child will know that, no matter their home situation, they have a safe place to come to that they may call their own.
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