• LoriAnn Carroll, age 1 1/2
    Name: LoriAnn Carroll
    Email: lori.carroll@slps.org
    Room Number(s): 311W
    Subject(s): Algebra 150 (ESOL),Biology (ESOL), Co-Teaching Environmental Science, Algebra 2 and Geometry.
    Building Phone: 776-3300
    Planning Times:  2:00-3:30 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and
                               Alternate Fridays
    Teacher Message:

    I never teach my pupils.  I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.  Albert Einstein

    Educational Philosophy:

    I believe that each learner is a, unique learner that is capable of reaching for the stars and succeeding if they are provided with an environment in which they feel safe and know that they can risk being wrong without being ridiculed.  In this type of environment learners not only grow academically, but also emotionally and socially.  In order to create this type of environment in my classroom the following things must happen: l) I must act as a facilitator of learning, not just present facts and figures, 2) I must allow opportunities, within the framework of the math and science standards,  for the learners to use their natural curiosity to guide their learning and 3) I must promote respect for themselves and others.

    As a facilitator of learning, it is my goal to provide access to information rather than act as the source of information.  For learners to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in real world situations. Hands-on activities that allow learners adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the abstract concepts being covered creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to take place.

    Just as important as self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that connected to one's life and interests. By integrating my learners’ interests I foster intrinsic motivation and passion for learning. This is achieved in my classroom by having an open dialogue with my learners about the lessons and units we are studying.  This allows the learners to take ownership of their own learning and set goals for themselves as well as the whole class. This ownership, in turn, motivates them to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals.

    Teaching provides me with the opportunity to be a lifelong learner.  I hope that by showing my students that I continue to learn every day I can instill a love of learning in my students.   In the world we live in today it is just as important for a learner to receive a solid background in academics, but to also learn teamwork and mutual respect.  This is the type of educator I strive to be each day as I enter my classroom to help my students grow as individuals.