Mrs. Rita Martin

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Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Sociology with an Endorsement in Special Education, Dominican University

Mrs. Rita Martin

Mrs. Martin has been a first grade teacher at St. Luke School since the fall of 2004. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and Sociology from Dominican University, with a Special Education Endorsement. Prior to St. Luke, she held positions at St. Barbara's and St. Mary's Schools. Mrs. Martin is married to Kenneth Martin who she first met in first grade and they quickly became good friends. The picture of their first grade class is displayed in her classroom. Together they have one son, Daniel. Mrs. Martin's favorite past time is going to Hawaii to visit her friends that live on the island of Maui, and visting her son and daugter in law in Madison, WI. Mrs. Martin also loves to read, sew, crochet, and play video games.

First Grade Philosophy of Teaching

The aspect of teaching is to teach the child to learn as a “whole child”. This is accomplished by teaching the child developmentally appropriate lessons. To foster this type of learning it is necessary to consider each student is at a different stages and has varied interests. Diversity and modifications in lesson plans and texts are considered in an appropriate way, so that all individuals can develop through social experiences in their learning. Through concepts integrated with a balanced literacy throughout the curriculum and themes in all subject areas a child’s development can be built based on prior knowledge of the themed units. This level of learning allows a teacher to facilitate a child’s learning and express his or her own experiences with the subject. The classroom environment is set up so the child can explore through guided learning and students can develop through role playing, problem solving, expressing their individuality and developing a positive self-image. Skills already learned builds self esteem when a child is familiar with the subject introduced.

We believe children will be successful if they feel safe in their classroom environment and respect their peers among diverse backgrounds and abilities. In addition students respect and celebrate this diversity and are involved in their own education.

The classroom environment should be conducive to learning and should emphasize creative play, social interaction and natural expression. As first grade teachers, we want to offer an opportunity to develop social skills, self-confidence and an academic foundation for the next years to follow.