About Mrs. Pechan
I absolutely love teaching! It runs in the family, as both my mother and grandmother were teachers. Previously, I've taught several 4/5 combination classes, fifth grade, Kindergarten, and a sprinkling of grades
from first - eighth before that.
I have a passion for teaching and enjoy each and every day! =)
I earned my teaching credential from CSU Sacramento and
my BA from CSU Monterey Bay in Liberal Studies
with an emphasis in Computer Science and Technology.
I love using technology whenever possible with my students. We will be dabbling in webquests, powerpoint presentations, website creation, podcasts, and lots more!
I continue to take professional development courses as I am a big believer in life long learning! I am currently working on a credential in math and my BCLAD certification, as well as a Master's Degree. As if that isn't enough, I am working on publishing two children's books.
"Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand."
This Chinese proverb basically states how I model my classroom. I believe that the classroom is a place for students to be involved and to discover things on their own with the teacher merely acting as a facilitator to their discoveries.
My educational philosophy is based on the hands-on learning approach. I am a big believer of Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. Everyone has their own unique way of learning. It is my job as an educator to meet those educational needs and to help my students realize and reach their fullest potential.
In my classroom, students participate in hands-on activities and are actively engaged in a safe, nurturing, and student-centered learning environment.
Cooperative learning is an essential factor in the classroom environment as well as in my own teaching. Instilling a sense of community is something we begin on the first day of school and maintain it throughout the year with weekly class meetings, student input in how the classroom is run, community building activities,
peer mediation, etc. I hope to empower my students with the skills necessary to live in the multiculturally diverse world in which we exist.
As a teacher, I hope to be able to instill and convey to my students my love and enthusiasm for teaching and life long learning. I hope that this will be contagious within the classroom.
Whether it is the fraction rap or doing the multiplication cha cha, when you walk into the classroom you'll find students engaged and excited about learning!
Those who can, do...Those who can do more, teach. ~ Anonymous