"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." --- John Wooden
Hello and welcome to sixth/seventh grade English in Mr Naik's classroom!
This is my tenth year of teaching in the North Bergen School District. I attended Kean University pursuing a degree in English B.A. and B.A. Degree Secondary Education.
I'm excited for the school year and look forward to getting to know all of the students and parents. Please feel free to contact me at anytime should you have any questions and/or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org.
My classroom philosophy:
(1) It's important to PLAY! I believe there can be humor and laughter in the classroom! Fun and English can exist together!
(2) MAKE THEIR DAY! I believe it is important to let others know what you appreciate about them or give them compliments regarding their performance. It is a great feeling to see someone smile and feel good about themselves!
(3) BE THERE! It is important for the teacher and each student to be present each day in class. Being present means getting involved with discussions or wrapped up in a story.
(4) CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE! I believe this is the most important part of my adopted philosophy. Everyday we — the teacher and students — have the opportunity to choose what our attitude is going to be. I firmly believe that attitude makes a big difference in performance and how you feel about yourself.
The class goal is to meet students where they are at and continue to foster their growth throughout the year. The class will be challenging as well as rewarding. Some beliefs of seventh grade English are:
- Language competency is critical to independent, lifelong learning.
- In an English Language Arts curriculum, freedom and responsibility are interdependent.
- A language arts curriculum should reflect life as much as possible in terms of variety of experience
- Personal growth occurs during reading and writing when students are invited to live vicariously through language (creative and narrative).
- Writing engenders growth as we are compelled to make a multitude of choices.
- There is a logical chain of development whereby students must learn to listen well in order to speak well, and they must learn to read well in order to write well.
- Every student is a thinker, listener, speaker, reader, and writer. The English Language Arts curriculum enables the students to view themselves as such.
- The writing/creative process is as important as the written/created product.
To develop/nurture students’ abilities to
- Use language for enjoyment and purpose.
- Use language (in all of its forms) as a means of self-expression and self-knowledge.
- Think, listen, speak, write, and read both critically and independently.
- Make connections between their own experiences and the experiences of others.
- Access a variety of materials and resources to gather information, form opinions, and make predictions and connections.