“What’s best for students?” That is the question that twirls around in my mind about one hundred times a day. My job as a teacher is to design a learning experience that engages, encourages, and inspires all learners.
My name is Kriscia Cabral, and I have a fourth and fifth grade homeroom in Poway, CA. I am fortunate enough to call this amazing school, nestled in a suburb of San Diego, my home for the past 10 years. Our school is filled with more than 800 students with a range of languages spoken in addition to English. We are a diverse community that continues to grow as we embark on a new chapter of learning that includes mindfulness and STEAM integration.
Growing up I had three goals: becoming a grocery store checker (I don’t know why, must’ve been the beeping of the scanner), becoming a second grade teacher (I had an amazing one), and becoming a principal (I always thought it would be neat to have my own school). As of now, I am two for three. I used to work at a grocery store (where I met my amazing husband) and taught second grade in my first year as a teacher. (Over the past 11 years I’ve taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grades individually and together.) I did receive my Masters in Education in Administration to be a principal, which I plan to pursue sometime in the near future. For now, I will continue to teach, research for innovative approaches to learning, and spend time with my family.
My teaching philosophy originates from the way that I was taught. I came from an education system where it was important to understand the formula. It was necessary to memorize rules and not so necessary to apply them. I knew a great deal of information, but not many reasons for applying what I knew. I didn’t know what the purpose for going to school was besides getting good grades and going to college. My first year of teaching I realized that I could do things differently with my students and I do.
I teach with purpose in mind. I want school to be a fun place for my students to experience all realms of learning. The two questions I’ve continued to ask myself about what I do are: What is the purpose? How can I make it enjoyable? I strive to help students understand the “why” of school. At the end of the day, I am looking to inspire them to find a passion for something they find purpose in, and to realize how important they truly are. They are here to shape our future and I believe it is my job to guide them.
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