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Welcome Letter

Welcome Letter to Parents  

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to 3rd grade at Southaven Intermediate School. My name is Susan Arthur and I will be your child's teacher this year. I am very happy to have you and your child be a part of our class.

We will be studying and working on many new and exciting things this year. Third grade is a year of transition from the development of skills to the development of independence. It is my goal to create a positive learning environment through hands-on activities, group and individual projects, and classroom centers that accommodate for diversity in learning styles. I believe in a student-centered classroom that encourages children to become more responsible for their own learning.

Every child has the right to a well-ordered, peaceful, engaging, and safe learning environment. My role, as a teacher, is to positively foster good behavior to ensure that my students keep focused, on task, and working toward mastery of goals.

Completing homework assignments is vital to your child's success at school. Please encourage your child to complete all homework assignments and remember to send the daily folder/binder back to school each day. Note: I do not assign homework every night.

A bi-weekly folder will be sent home with graded papers and other information. Please look over these papers and read all notes and information. The folder should be signed and returned within two days.

I look forward to working with your child and encourage you to be an active participant in our classroom activities. The best way to contact me is through the school email system  I have access to this account throughout the day and can get back to you in a timely manner. ClassDojo messaging is also a great way for us to keep in touch.

Again, please check your child's folder daily for notes, assignments, and other important information.  I also try to keep my SIS website updated and full of information about our school and classroom. You can access this by going to the school website:

Ms. Arthur 



My Philosophy of Education  

    Teaching is my choice of careers because of my desire to work with children and to be an instrumental part in helping them grow into productive and successful leaders of the future. I believe in a student-centered classroom that is efficient and provides a stimulating atmosphere for students to excel. My goal as a teacher is to create an environment where students feel accepted and challenged to perform to their greatest potential.

     My philosophy of education is an eclectic approach that combines the elements of progressivism and essentialism. In my classroom, students will experience an environment that allows them to learn through real-world experiences that are meaningful to them. I believe that children learn by doing through guided discovery and cooperative learning. I also believe that children should have a common core of knowledge and learn basic skills. My goal is for the students to become intelligent problem solvers and socially aware citizens who are prepared to live comfortably in the world.

      I believe a teacher must present a positive attitude and be able to motivate the students to want to learn. The teacher sets the stage that will determine the atmosphere of the classroom. If the teacher is positive about learning and reinforces the students in a positive way, I believe that students will also keep good attitudes about learning. With my students, I will motivate them by relating the content to their interests, encouraging them to make decisions about their own learning, and by giving them choices. I will encourage them to engage the concepts of each objective, and provide them with guided assistance and hands-on activities. Verbal praise, incentives, and rewards will also be used as motivators.

    A good teacher should accommodate for diversity in learning styles. I believe a teacher should be able to modify his/her teaching methods in order to accommodate every student in the classroom.

In my classroom, I will use various strategies to teach the kinesthetic, visual, auditory, and tactile learners. By using visual aids, manipulates, songs/music, cooperative learning groups, and other hands-on activities, I believe the students in my classroom will succeed and master the objectives that are set before them.  My goal is to ensure that all of my students are given an equal opportunity to learn and that my teaching will accommodate their different learning styles.

     Meeting the needs of my students will be a crucial part of my classroom. I believe that children need to know that the teacher cares about them and wants them to succeed. Teachers may be the only stable adult that students will ever see and may be their only hope and dream for a brighter future.  I want my students to be comfortable with me and with each other so that there can be meaningful discussions and interactions.  If I can have respect for my students, as well as having them respect each other, I believe this leads to a safe environment where learning can take place.  My goal is to have the children want to come to school!

    In my classroom, you will find a positive learning environment with a classroom management plan designed to create an atmosphere where students can achieve their goals. Students will be encouraged to explore their own interests and to become more responsible for their own learning. My students will be aware of what is acceptable behavior and the consequences of when the rules are broken. I believe that children need limits and boundaries and that discipline is a way of helping them make better choices.  Students will know what is expected of them. Discipline will be consistent and fair. My goal is to positively foster good behavior and to keep my classroom organized and predictable.

   My philosophy of education has been shaped by my own childhood experiences.  I can look back at previous report cards and see which teachers accommodated for my learning style, and those who did not. Because of this experience, I will ensure that my classroom is a place where students can feel good about themselves, and feel safe to explore their own potentials.  When I am in the classroom, my energy and focus will be on my students. Although with more experience, I may need to modify my philosophy, I feel that the foundational elements will stay true.

 Susanne Renee Arthur