Diocesan teachers bring enthusiasm and creative learning to welcome students back

Talking too much can get you out of fifth grade at St. Thomas Extra Cathedral School in Arlington. Literally. Repeated violations are punishable by fines by police officers, which offenders spend less when it comes to shopping.

All “Classroom Economics” teacher Malia Buskers will once again be on the move to give her movement a taste of the real world. From a technical monitor to a banker to a gardener, students have two successful paychecks, as well as two monthly paychecks used to pay bills and fatten their wallets. The sweet fruit of their labors will be collected at quarterly auctions where students will use the proceeds to bid for the real prizes given by the parents of the class.

“I’m a big fan of freedom and entertainment in the classroom,” she said.

The classroom is a project of interest for administrators and teachers in the diocese.

“It’s all about children,” said Jenny Wright, a first-grade teacher at St. Joseph’s School in Herndon. They come to school every day with such joy and positive energy.

She recalls that when she found an ant in the classroom, she produced up to 30 onmologists at a time. Before taking her out of the classroom, she was filled with student tips on proper care and nutrition. They are amazing little people. They view ordinary life as little more than a miracle.

It is not a matter of leaving the motivation of the students to nature alone. The lesson is “v” words or pirate patch and trademark “AARRGH, Matey!” When it does, she will wear the queen’s robe and crown. To teach about self-control vowels. Instead of writing laughter on a piece of paper that fills the classroom, students practice using special EXPO markers directly on their desks – when they all receive the same instruction.

Learning approaches vary from student to student, but it is a test that diocesan teachers can overcome.

“God has given every student a unique way to learn and it is my job to help them learn in their own way,” said Kaila Miller, kindergarten teacher at Our Lady’s School of Good Counseling in Vienna. “You can take the first step in teaching each student as best you can, recognizing that everyone is learning differently.

Miller said the combination of different teamwork, learning centers and one-on-one activities can help to integrate course learning into learning styles. In St. Thomas Moore, teachers from neighboring classes come together to assess what needs to be done for incoming students, Busercus. Knowing that, we begin our year.

“The checklist is important,” he added. You always know what’s next. When you have completed the test, proceed to the checklist.

According to St. Thomas Moore, a language arts and literature teacher, Sarah James, the key is to build relationships with students and make choices in their education, allow them to be creative, and showcase their completed work efforts. I thank them during the learning process and encourage them to keep trying when they have problems with learning concepts.

“In my English lessons, I often try to check with my students to challenge those who are ready to continue or to provide further evaluations,” said Jean-Nickles, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher. St. Joseph’s School in Herden. Through extension activities and a quick writing conference, I will be able to engage and challenge students who are proficient in the concepts we are learning.

Teachers say that the common goal of educating students about the Catholic faith is one of the most satisfying aspects of their work. Some see it as a profession – their calling is from God.

“I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else,” Wright said. “I pray with them in silence, in the silence of our hearts, or in the praise of our lips. To use God’s gifts to them is to glorify God.

From the school to the morning prayer until the expulsion, their classrooms were rooted in the faith.

“Children love to learn about our faith, and that is one of my favorite things to do,” says Miller.

“I think our students should see Christ’s forgiveness every day in the classroom,” says Nix. When we make mistakes, we acknowledge and apologize.

Busceros added: “It is not just a textbook. It’s a way of communicating and relating to each other. ”

While the COVID-19 epidemic presents countless challenges, they also appreciate the blessings that teachers have received.

Your student is telling us, “We are all here this year. You need to learn to love each other in class.

“Learning to fight together was good for all of us,” she said.

“I realized that my students did not need me to be a perfect English teacher,” says Nickles. “Instead, I have to help them find the most important moments of their lives. Now I’m more focused on finding moments to laugh and meet my students.”

And, as with anything, teachers say the epidemic has strengthened the value of physical education.

Yvette Luctic, a science teacher at Our Lady’s Good Counseling School in Vienna, was thrilled to reuse the well-equipped laboratory, as some equipment was previously inaccessible and many students could only see it from their computer screens at home. She grew up, attended school, and had five children there in the grade or students.

Born last year as “X”, XX improved the complex, one-generation Sikada studies.

“My ultimate goal is to teach my students to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation and the intricate relationships between living things,” she said, adding that she will take the opportunity to “show that science and religion are not contradictory.”

“It is clear to me that physical education is important,” says Nickels. “Proximity burns learning.”

Schweers can be reached at editorial@catholicherald.com.

Getting motivated

From educational leaders to the scriptures, diocesan teachers say they are inspired by the written word.

Be like Jesus in a world where you can do anything.

– First Class Class Mark, Our Good Counselor Our Lady, Vienna.

The whole point of Catholic teaching is to meet Christ.

– Senior Mary Madeleine Todd

Relationships before rigidity. Grace before class. Trudy before the programs. Love Before Education ”

-Dr. Brad Johnson

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

-Philippians 4:13

“Do What You Can

-Motto, Sarah James, St. Thomas Extra School Teacher


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