"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
~Anthony J. D'Angelo
How do we as educators help students develop a passion for learning? It starts by showing students that we care about their success by getting to know them as individuals, structuring learning activities that specifically address their needs, acknowledging their successes in a positive way and showing patience when they struggle.
We develop a student's passion for learning by strategically setting them up for success by providing them with resources and by introducing challenges with the pace and depth that is commensurate with their abilities. We do this by making learning relevant so students understand the relationship between knowledge and the ability to more easily solve life's challenges.
We are at a time when the demands in education are shifting. Districts are adopting new state standards that are more rigorous. Students will be required to demonstrate literacy skills that show higher order thinking and a greater ability to comprehend informational text. In math, students will have to demonstrate skills and understandings at a deeper level. Other challenges in education include giving state assessments more frequently throughout the year in more subject areas and in more grade levels. Districts will also be adopting standard teacher evaluation tools as part of the new tenure law requirements.
As we move forward implementing these requirements, my commitment is to ensure that we do not lose sight of the importance of instilling the passion for learning in students. I hope to model the behavior with teachers that I encourage teachers to show to students. Namely, I want to show teachers that I am concerned about their success and will provide them with the level of support unique to their needs in meeting the demands of education.
My colleagues in the tri-district have been tremendously supportive in helping me understand the responsibilities of my position. I am looking forward to meeting with parents, community members and students in the near future to cultivate my perspective on how best to serve the districts in my role as Tri-District Supervisor.
Tri-District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
(201)599-7250 ext. 2316
(201)599-7250 ext. 2315