Pam Johnson focuses on her relationship with her students, but she says the most important thing for her classroom at Many Elementary School is teaching the students how to have good relationships with each other. "We spend a lot of time working on being friends and being kind to each other, helping someone that needs help and making sure we don't say things that hurt people's feelings" Pam Johnson, Golden Apple Award winner, says.
Johnson says this is an important age for children to learn how to get along with others, so she focuses her teaching on that first. "Once they know how to share, and they know how to be kind to each other, take care of each other, once they have learned those things, they can move on to the academics because those things become automatic" Johnson says. She does this through activities where the children can work and play together. "Educational games and little manipulatives and things like that that they can use to count, sort. We do a lot of hands on and developmentally appropriate. I like to teach through games and we never have enough of those" Johnson says. Johnson says she can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a teacher. "I love what I do and I wouldn't do anything else and I enjoy it very much and I like to watch them make the progress every year" Johnson says.
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