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Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you.  My name is Jennifer Chaudoin, and I will be teaching seventh grade Dyslexia and Reading Intervention. This will be my seventh year teaching here at La Vega ISD, but my eleventh year overall.  I received my teaching degree in elementary education with a focus on reading from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in 2005, received my Master Reading Certificate in 2012, and I am currently working on becoming a licensed Academic Language Therapist through the Scottish Rite Hospital. I look forward to a great year of hard work and I am proud to be teaching at La Vega Junior High School George Dixon Campus! 

 

I am looking forward to working with you to make your child’s seventh grade experience an enjoyable and a successful one. Please feel free to contact me by calling the school office at (254) 299-6790 during my conference period between 1:08-1:58. You can also send a note with your child, or send an email to Jennifer.Chaudoin@lavegaisd.org.

 

I truly consider it an honor and privilege to be your child’s teacher this year and look forward to meeting with each of you. Thank you for allowing me to be a partner in your child’s education.

 

Curriculum

This class will focus on the Five Essential Components for Reading:

  1. Phonemic Awareness—The knowledge and manipulation of sounds in spoken words.
  2. Phonics—The relationship between written and spoken letters and sounds.
  3. Reading Fluency, Including Oral Reading Skills—The ability to read with accuracy, and with appropriate rate, expression, and phrasing.
  4. Vocabulary Development—The knowledge of words, their definitions, and context.
  5. Reading Comprehension Strategies—The understanding of meaning in text.
Educational Philosophy

     I believe that education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters a classroom. In order for students to benefit from what schools offer, I think teachers need to understand the importance of their job. Teachers must facilitate learning and grow academically, personally, and ethically by providing a quality education to each individual student inside the classroom.

      School is a place where students can develop skills that help them interpret and adapt to a changing world. The ability to teach skills such as reading, writing, and problem solving and then applying them to real life situations in my students’ everyday lives is crucial. Teachers who encourage students to reflect on what they’ve learned and incorporate those skills into their lives develop their students’ critical literacy. By teaching these strategies to our students they will have the ability to interpret the world around them, students begin to adapt and succeed in a changing world. The student’s journey into literacy begins with the teacher.

      Motivation and inspiration are key factors in academic learning. Students deserve teachers who are passionate about their subject at hand and learning as a whole. Teaching and learning becomes a simultaneous journey for both teachers and students. To achieve active learning, a teacher must demonstrate enthusiasm and express confidence in the students’ abilities to learn and be successful. Being a teacher means being a teacher unconditionally, and treating all students accordingly with respect and concern that they deserve.

      A professional is a person, who is trained to know, and almost instinctively what to do in any situation and when to do it. These skills, as a teacher, are essential while working with students, administrators, fellow teachers, parents, professional colleagues and the community. Teachers must know to balance many roles and fulfill the numerous duties that we have.