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26245 County Road 33, Utica, MN 55979 Alexandria.kvenvold@gmail.com
507-272-6803 Teaching Portfolio: http://alexandriakvenvoldteachingefolio.weebly.com/

My philosophy, just like myself as a teacher, learner, and individual, is something that is ever
developing. I know that I have a strong impact on each child who I work with in my classroom. As an
educator, I know that each child is a unique individual who has a variety of intellectual, social, and personal
developmental needs. With this, I hope to prepare each individual student to become a knowledgeable,
well-rounded child. I will do this by building positive relationships; serve as a role-model, facilitator, mentor,
motivator, and supporter. I know that I am teaching them the foundation for their future, the life-long skills
they need for their growth and development. My role as a teacher, while supporting optimal learning, will be
to take each child that is in my classroom into account for each lesson and use a variety of tools,
techniques, and styles that I have had to opportunity to develop.
I will develop a classroom environment where students will feel safe, secure, and comfortable to
learn. My goal is to have rules set and a classroom management in place where children will be able to
achieve Maslows second need of being safe and having security. Within this environment and community
my students will have a positive and fun learning experience that has very high yet achievable expectations
set by themselves, their peers, and myself. In our room students will have the opportunity to make mistakes
and learn from them as well as celebrate success. Inside our classroom and school community it is
important for the students to realize that they are just as responsible for their learning as we are of their
teaching. We, educators, will be working together to provide the best education they can possibly receive.
Overall, I will create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement
in learning, and self motivation (Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, 5).
To support optimal learning, I feel that I need to make sure that I am flexible in my plans so that
students can have their own wonderful ideas and ah-ha moments in their discoveries. I want to also be
willing to learn from my children as well as to watch them grow over the year. I will be a mentor to multiple
students who have a large variety of learning abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. I will give each student
their own opportunities to learn from success, grow from mistakes, and take responsibility in their own
learning. I will help them continue to grow and develop their minds and their own learning tools. I will lead
by example, modeling, Scaffolding (Vygotsky), along with using the methods of Gradual Release of
Responsibility (Pearson & Gallagher). I have come to the realization that each child may not stay or grow

on the same level as their peers. I will use a large variety of teaching techniques that will help each child
have their own success and growth rates. While teaching I like to use multiple different styles, depending
on the subject and the students who are learning it. I will use whole group direct instruction, guided
instruction, peer instruction, differentiation, and individual work. Most of my teaching styles will depend
directly on what works best for the children. Sometimes I will have specific curriculum that I will need to
follow, yet I realized that some students will need these lessons to be differentiated to their specific needs. I
have learned that assessing my students and getting to know each child individually will help me gain
understanding of how best to teach a lesson. In addition, I think it is important to try to integrate different
subjects together in a learning environment for students. I believe that in integrating subjects it shows
children more of real life situations and makes it more engaging.
As an elementary educator, I know that to be the best possible teacher to my students I actually
need to be a learner first as said in the quote, to teach is to learn twice. This also gives me the wisdom in
knowing that, it is my duty to keep developing as a student to become the best teacher that I can be. I am
excited to flounder and be scared when something does not go right, such as a change in the curriculum. It
is then that I know if I am not 100% comfortable, I am truly learning (Zone of Proximal Development). I will
continue to use multiple professional development techniques such as classes, trainings, learn about new
curriculum, and new teaching techniques.
I believe that as a teacher it is important to develop a strong partnership and relationship with that
of the students parents/guardians, the community, in addition to the school. Having a strong partnership
with parents/guardians is important because although a large portion of learning happens at school, there
are still things that need to be worked on at home. If the support is not happening at home, then students
could fall behind simply because they did not get that extra time reading or practicing words. I think it is
most important for the children to know that their parents/guardians support their learning. In addition to this
partnership, I think it is also important to bring the community into the classroom and talk about real life
situations for students to grasp or relate too. After all, the community is where most of these children will
end up in the long run and it is important for them to know that they are welcomed into the community.
Furthermore, the students and myself need a strong relationship with our school and our principle to have a
successful and positive year.
With that being said I have a lot that I want to accomplish within this year. One of my goals actually
comes in the form of a quote, I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, because of

you I didnt give up. This quote can be seen in many different lights, but I think the most important way I
see it is that I want to be the teacher in a students life that makes a difference. I want to be the teacher that
not only teaches them the academics but also helps them learn the lifelong skills they will need for many
years to come. Overall my goal is; to teach and inspire in an inclusive, diverse, positive, and responsive
classroom environment, where student learning and building a classroom community is a fundamental
focus; to be a contributing team member and to grow as a professional.