Dear families and parents,
My name is Simon Chung and I have the privilege of teaching the 5th and 6th grade blended classroom for the upcoming school year. I am anticipating a year full of learning and excitement as the students engage in various fun and creative activities including hands-on science experiments, creative writing, animation and movie making. I love to challenge the students and one of my goals is for the students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. For example, in reading, I utilize higher-order thinking questions to probe the students’ minds in addition to the comprehension strategies such as summarizing and visualizing. In math, I believe that it is important for students to grasp conceptual understanding as well as being fluent in algorithm. Consequently, I like to implement the use of manipulatives and other visual tools in teaching math. In science, the students will have plenty of opportunities to work in groups to solve problems and develop ideas. The students will learn through hands-on activities, group discussions and reflections, short direct instructions, and reading.
In addition to the blended classroom, I will also be teaching the gifted and talented (GT) class. The GT students will engage in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities and projects as they learn and apply the 21st century skills: critical and creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication. My goal is to prepare the students to participate in Invent Idaho, a Northwest academic competition where students have the opportunity to utilize their imagination and creativity to invent and/or improve new products and gadgets. I am truly excited and I look forward to meeting and working with some of the brightest minds next year.
Another one of my goals is to provide an equitable and a safe environment for students to learn and share their thoughts and ideas. In order to accomplish this, positive reinforcements will be the primary form of behavior management. I believe that students excel and are more willing to participate when teachers focus on their success. Furthermore, I would like to implement diverse cultural awareness in the classroom where every student feels accepted and respected.
I welcome and value your feedbacks and suggestions. And I look forward to meeting you at Back to School Night. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at school or by email. Thank you for your support.