Hi, I'm Erin, and I teach English. This portfolio chronicles my educational accomplishments. You can e-mail me at ekkross@gmail.com.

Discipline Philosophy

  1. Respect everyone in the class with your words and actions (this means no bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic, or ablist language will be used at any time).

    This rule is the most important one to me for my classroom. I think respect for each student is vital to creating a successful, comfortable, and healthy classroom environment. This is also one of the ways I have seen teachers use to help limit bullying in schools. It is important to have a discussion about why language like this is not appropriate in a classroom. It is even more important to help students understand how this rule pertains to the world outside the classroom, using the impact of this language on the lives of their peers and others in the community as real examples of the intolerance it only serves to spread. Part of this rule is that students must use their words in order to solve their problems with constructive discussion.

  2. Ask for help when you need it.

    This rule is to encourage students to not only use their words to express a need, but also to help them become more responsible for parts of their own education because I will put them in charge of seeking the help they need. Additionally, I would hope that by making this one of the rules, I will be able to show students that, not only is it ok to ask for help, but it is encouraged.

  3. Stay on task.

    This is also important to keeping the pace of my classroom moving along at the necessary pace to get things done. This rule also holds my students accountable for getting their work done when it is assigned to them. Additionally, because this is a rule, it shows my students the importance of staying on track in class.

  4. Be an active listener.

    I think this is a very important skill that few students are actually taught in school now. I will define and demonstrate the difference between passive and active listening so that my students will learn to employ active listening in my class, and ideally beyond. I will also emphasize this as part of their participation grade, thus showing that there is more to participation than just commenting in class frequently. By giving this importance as part of class participation, I will also be giving my shyer students a chance to be successful in this area. This rule also includes listening to and following directions when they are given.

  5. Raise your hand.

    This rule includes occasions when students want to make a comment, ask a question, use the restroom, get a drink of water, or go to the pencil sharpener. It is also one that may change in part at some point during the year. I will be stricter with this rule in the beginning of the year in order to start with some concrete order. Later on, I will ask my students to help rewrite the class rules in order to tailor them to the individual classroom. However, to help me manage my classroom effectively in the beginning of the year, I will enforce this rule more consistently.

Educational Philosophy
Assessment Philosophy