Office hours: 11:00 am-11:45 am (NOT Wednesdays) and 3:30 pm-4:00 pm (Monday - Friday)
Please send a text with the students name and the question. I will respond as soon as possible.
Reminder, students must complete all daily work and practice work by 11:59 pm the day designated as due.
My name is Mrs. Sylvester and I have 30 years of teaching and coaching experience. I am excited to teach your children this year! Teaching is not a job to me, it’s a calling. I have been a mother for over 40 years, a grandmother for over 14 years, I have four children, two bonus children, and seven grandchildren. I am one of eight children, the only girl, and I have 79 first cousins! As you can see I love big families! My teaching philosophy is: I believe that you can love without teaching, but you can't teach without loving. Children are the most innocent and loyal beings on earth. My personal belief is that "All children can learn!" If you love your students, you can't help but share with them the academic tools they need to be successful in life. As a teacher, I take ownership and stewardship of my children. I am responsible for their safety first; a safe haven for their physical, mental and social well-being. Even though they are children, students have feelings, rights, and creative ideas. I see them as the candles that will light our future, and I see myself as a previously lit candle that shares my light. I believe that a candle doesn't lose any of its brilliance by lighting another candle.
I don’t see myself as outstanding, I just see myself as “standing”. I stand as an open book willing to do whatever it takes to reach and reach my students. All of my students have my phone number and can call me seven days a week until midnight for homework help or clarity on lessons. Some teachers have told me that I’m crazy for giving out my phone number! I believe they are correct. I am crazy about my students! I am teaching six days a week because my students need me. I want them to dream dreams that they never thought were imaginable! I want them to think outside of the box. I want my students to know that it's okay to be an individual. What makes me different is I let myself become absorbed by my students when they enter my world daily. I, like Oprah Winfrey, believe "Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity," and I want to give them the opportunity to be the best they can be.
I find that the rewards are intangible. I find a kind word when my day isn't going so well. I find a smile when it is just what the doctor ordered. I find satisfaction and silent praise when I hear my students say, "Oh, I get it!" or "Oh, that's what you mean!" I reach my students better when we go from concrete to abstract. As a child advocate, my teaching technique includes auditory, visual, kinesthetic, technical and spatial learning styles. William Arthur Ward says, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The greater teacher inspires." I want to inspire my students to learn as much as they inspire me to teach! If a student hears and sees something, they will remember more; but if a student sees, hears, does something, and has a finished product, they remember much more. I use flexible grouping, thematic units, real world data, and experiments to show my students the vertical connection of each content area. I have good rapport with my students that gives them the freedom to err and make mistakes. They know that to err is human.
I want my students to follow the “Winner’s Blueprint for Achievement”:
“BELIEVE while others are doubting. PLAN while others are playing. STUDY while others are sleeping. DECIDE while others are delaying. PREPARE while others are daydreaming. BEGIN while others are procrastinating. WORK while others are wishing. SAVE while others are wasting. LISTEN while others are talking. SMILE while others are frowning. COMMEND while others are criticizing. PERSIST while others are quitting.” - By, William Arthur Ward
I encourage them to always do their best and never settle for less!❤️