This website has been created to keep parents and students informed of the happenings of our classroom. You will find information regarding our classroom procedures, upcoming assignments and events, as well as resources that will help students meet the challenges of first grade. I hope you find the information useful.
My name is Caridad Aday and I am a first grade teacher at Zora Neale Hurston Elementary School. The 2013 - 2014 school year marks my sixteenth year teaching for Miami Dade County Public Schools. During this time period, I have taught both first and second grade, obtained my Master's Degree in Urban Education from Florida International University, and have achieved National Board Certification.
My philosophy of education is centered around the belief that all students can learn. In an effort to make knowledge accessible to all my students, I am constantly evaluating my practice, taking into account my learning environment, instructional strategies, individual learning styles, and learner needs.
- Learning Environment - My classroom is a community of learners where all students feel safe and respected in their learning. I foster students' self-esteem and motivation and encourage independence and self-reliance. I establish a sense of family and community within my classroom.
- Instructional Strategies - I design and implement lessons that effectively convey content and encourage critical thinking skills, which will make for life-long learners. I strive to capture and maintain student interest through the use of technology and cooperative learning.
- Individual Learning Styles - Based on my belief that students do not learn in exactly the same way, I present information using a variety of modalities.
- Learner Needs - I utilize observations, anecdotal records and/or formal assessments to guide instruction. Additionally, I use differentiated instruction in all subjects to help students with the understanding of the content presented.