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Here is the technology that Candace Brooks has acquired through Digital Wish:
Flip Ultra™ 120-minute Camcorder 2 for 1! Flip Ultra™ 120-minute - 2 for $150
Here is the grant that I have won through Digital Wish: Olympus Digital Camera Grants - 11/2008
Mrs. Candace Brooks
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Penn Cambria Primary School
Class Information:
Room Number: 214
Students per Class: 17
Class Description:
In kindergarten, students have a wonderful sense of awe when learning. They are amazing! My students have proven time and time again that they learn most effectively with hands-on activities rather than lecture. Some of the best qualities kindergartners possess are: joyfulness, curiosity, trusting, caring, helpfulness, and social ease. Kindergartners turn the simpliest concept into something very special. They have a real impact on learning by their simple qualities and are rarely daunted by anything else. They are willing to participate, share, work together, and love to learn about things in their environment and the world around them.
Camera technology would be very beneficial to our classroom. I know that my students would enjoy and benefit in many ways utilizing this technology across the curriculum and sharing their knowledge with others. Particularly, digital cameras in the hands of my students would provide them with experiences that will help them to make connections to prior knowledge. For example, when we learn about plants, the students would use the cameras to investigate all aspects of plant life. Photographing their discoveries will help to cement their learning and also provide avenues for which they can practice other skills across the curriculum: writing, presentation, organizing, sequencing, data collection are just a few of the areas that could be tapped for further education!
My Philosophy:
Lifelong learners are experience driven and are process builders. They are sensory explorers and develop knowledge connections that continue to build upon themselves like an intricate silken web. This artful web of knowledge is strong, personal, and enduring. Very simply: students who "get messy" will remember the "aha" moment long after the mud has washed away.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I feel very fortunate to be a teacher. I am sure other teachers will agree that kids just have a way of lifting up our spirits but none so more than kindergartners. Their joy in learning makes me smile everyday. I am also a mother of two wonderful teenagers and have my fair share of running everyone to this practice or that practice. Life is good.
College and Degrees:
I have a B.A. degree in elementary education and have my my Masters in Education (Curriculum and Instruction).
My favorite activity is spending time with my family, however when I have time to myself I love to read, swim, kayak, cook, and be with good friends.
Favorite Books:
My favorite books are mysteries and books that have complicated characters.
Favorite Quotes:
"Knowledge is love and light and vision." Helen Keller
I really enjoy taking photographs with interesting subjects and from different angles. I especially like to experiment with black and white. It is fascinating to use technology to alter a less than perfect shot into something amazing. That gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Why Do I Teach?:
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away". --unknown Thesewords are at the heart of why I am a teacher. Those wonderful moments no matter how small when a child's eyes brighten and they share their knowing smile...well that makes all of the difference!
Percent of Students are:
     At-risk: 15 %
     Average: 80 %
     High-achiever: 5 %
Percent of Students are:
     White/Caucasian : 98 %
     Hispanic: 1 %
     African American: 1 %
Free/Reduced Lunch Program Enrollment:: 75 %
Average number of students in class:: 18 students
Number of students I teach:: 17 students