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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, February 01, 2012, Image 16

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The Charlotte Jewish News - February 2012 - Page 16 Dreams of Becoming a Teacher Began at C JDS By Mariashi Owner, director, CJDS Last May I had the most won derful experienee. One of our graduates eame baek to sehool. No, she didn’t eome baek beeause she needed to repeat. Rather, she eame baek beeause she was so inspired by her teaehers that she wants to be a teaeher and, to pre pare for that eareer, she did her senior projeet in this area. She did n’t ehoose to go to a “faney” sehool, rather she ehose her ele mentary sehool alma mater, CJDS. I remember Elyssa all the way baek to presehool. One of the sweetest little girls you would want in your elass and sehool. Her mom told me that when Elyssa was in fourth grade she wanted a ehalk board so she eould play sehool, and play sehool she did. She wrote lesson plans and eopied all that she saw in the elassroom. She had seven days to spend at the sehool last spring and all of the teaehers who knew her during her sehool days wanted her to be in their elassroom. It didn’t take long for the newer teaehers to want her, too. She is a bom teaeher. The sweetness is still there with the patienee and devotion needed to be the sueeess she yearns to be. Elyssa blogged about her expe rienee and I would like to share exeerpts from the blog. It brought a smile to my faee and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too. Elyssa Goreliek is a freshman at the University of South Watching Elyssa Grow Carolina and is pursuing a degree in Edueation. I’m starting my project tomor row morning. I’m excited to be working at the Charlotte Jewish Day School, and get a feel for what it is like to be an elementary school teacher. Since I went to CJDS for six years, it will be real ly nice to be back. I hope I am able to experience a few different grade levels, and get a better under standing of the daily schedule and routine of a teacher. May 23, 2011 Today was a really good day. I started off with a group of third graders learning Hebrew. It was so interesting to see how the kids interacted with each other, and the advantages/disadvantages of hav ing a small class of about ten stu dents. I personally loved the small classes because I felt that each child got the attention they needed and the teacher didn’t have to dis miss any issue a student might have. As I made my way through the different grades during the day, my favorites were third and ffth. I loved fifth because that is a really precious age and it seemed to me that the teacher I worked with today had an excellent relation ship with the students. The third grade class I worked with today was excellent. I helped one girl in particular with her multiplication facts and that was probably the most rewarding twenty minutes of my whole day. Watching her face light up when she was able to “win ’’ all of the cards and master the problems that were so difficult at first was really amazing. I had an awesome first day, and I can’t wait to go back tomorrow. I have a passion for teaching and I’m so excited for when I have my own classroom one day. May 24, 2011 I’ve loved watching all of the teachers and as cheesy as it may sound, there isn’t one teacher that I’ve worked with that hasn’t been absolutely amazing. Every single teacher in that school clearly wants the best for their students and the school as a whole. The warm and safe (physically and emotionally) atmosphere makes it a wonderful place to be. May 25, 2011 I was part of the program for the parents of the rising Kindergarteners: I answered their questions since I went to school at CJDS. I was impressed by the way the principal gracefully answered all of the parents ’ questions, no matter how random they were. May 27, 2011 When you spend a lot of time with six year olds, you seem to encounter all sorts of things. As cute as they are, I can see how it could sometimes become frustrat ing to try to “handle" the entire class. I really like how they split the class up into smaller groups, about seven kids per group, and have them switch back and forth between their classes. I also spent part of Friday in the fourth grade classroom. Their teacher was actually my fourth grade teacher as well, and I love the way she teaches. She is always calm, and never raises her voice, but her stu dents seem to really listen to her and want to please her. May 31, 2011 As always, I loved being in the third grade room, and I have real ly gotten to know every student in the class. I did some one-on-one multiplication games with them, and we played math bingo. Their energy can be overwhelming, but when they are told what to do, they almost always listen. They want to learn, and they really do want to please their teacher, who they clearly adore. I spent the end of the day watching the graduation practice, and it brought back won derful memories. June 1, 2011 I’m so sad that this is over. One day I will be back at CJDS to get a real job. ^ MEET THE HEARING CARE PROFESSIONALS who are here for you. Struing CkariMe omA tke arm. j-or aUmst a. cLex^Ae Kurt D. Wright, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology Lynn High, Au.D. Doctor of Audiology UP TO $500 OFF Call today to schedule your appointmenti 704.321.4709 AGX5,7,or9 TWO-DEVICE HEARING SYSTEM* C- Not valid with any other promotional coupon. Expires 3/31/12 Diagnostic services are covered by most insurance companies. Manna Audiology HEARING CENTER ) a member of RUDIGYGROUPi 542 W John Street Matthews, NC 28105 View our educational video on hearing @ www.mannaaudiology.com no

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