stellaniagaramsenfield

Ms. Enfield

5th Grade

Personal:

I began teaching at Stella in January 2023. I graduated from Niagara University in 2021 with my Bachelors in Secondary Education and again in 2024 with my Masters as a Literacy Specialist. During my undergraduate studies, I completed my student teaching at Niagara Falls High School from 2020-2021 and interned at various districts in Niagara County since 2017. During my graduate studies I worked as a Literacy Specialist in the NU Family Literacy Center, working with students one-on-one from early pre-k to 4th grade, helping to learn English as their second language and building up reading levels through assessment and adjustment. Here at Stella, I teach ELA 5 and ELA 6 along with Social Studies 5 and Science 5. In my free time I like to cuddle up with a good book, cook, and go on adventures with my dog, Kiwi. Welcome to fifth grade!

Teaching philosophy:

I take a very constructivist approach to teaching. I believe that students develop knowledge by building on the foundations of previous learning. Most learners come from different backgrounds and hold different experiences to bring to the shared environment of the classroom and these social interactions are essential to the construct of knowledge. It is necessary for students to engage in learning activities in the fifth grade to retain knowledge and build meaningfully on it. I like to encourage students to actively reflect on their learning experiences after class or during a homework assignment to achieve a more complete understanding of new ideas. As learners develop in the fifth grade, they become better at identifying relevant information, classifying it mentally and weaving it into systems of thought from multiple modals across the core subject areas. A big part of fifth grade is learning responsibility, accountability, building relationships, honesty, and routines. I like to keep an open door policy as well as hone in on daily routines and accountability for oneself to help my students be successful for the demand of changing classes and keeping track of assignments in middle school and beyond. 

What is learned:

ELA: Novel studies, reading informational texts and pulling relevant information, author’s purpose, literary elements of a text, vocabulary, making connections to what we’re reading, research reports

Grammar: Parts of speech, sentenced structure, types of sentences, capitalization, punctuation, grammar usage, the writing process

Spelling: Vowel and consonant sounds, vowel and consonant changes, final schwa, prefixes, suffixes, compound words, regular and irregular plurals, double and silent consonants, homographs

Science: Physical, Life and Earth Sciences

Social Studies: American History; Indigenous Peoples prior to contact – Reconstruction

Quotes:

“Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses because we were born this way.” – Lady Gaga

“When you ask the best questions of yourself and others, you invite the best answers” – Angela Bassett

“Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.” – Joyce Meyer

“Education is not to reform students or amuse them, or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible.” – Robert M. Hutchins

Websites: 

https://www.ixl.com/
https://digital.scholastic.com/sign-in
https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login

 

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