Welcome to the Looking Glass: Get a Glimpse into Your Child’s World.
The purpose of this blog is to help you feel more connected to your child’s fourth grade classroom. Most of us work full-time and can’t volunteer in our child’s classroom. I know I would have loved to see pictures, video clips, writing and reflections, and important information on a regular basis from my children’s classrooms! That is exactly what I try to provide for you and your family . . . a regular connection to our learning.
Teaching Philosophy and Experience:
My name is Aimee Boucher and I teach 4th grade. I have taught at MBS for 13 years. Prior to that I taught special education at Johnson Elementary. Due to my special education background, I strive as a classroom teacher to meet the needs of ALL students. How do I do this? Differentiation. Differentiation is an approach to teaching that relies on a teacher’s in-depth assessment of each student and establishment of classroom rules, roles, routines. Teachers differentiate the content, process or product according to a students learning style, interest or readiness. I use technology to help me differentiate more effectively and efficiently.
Technology is also a passion of mine! Students in my class use technology on a regular basis. We collaborate with each other and the world, individualize our learning, pursue interests and much, much more through a variety of web 2.0 tools. We use technology to learn new things and to demonstrate our new learning. I regularly use email to communicate with both students and parents. My major mode of communication, however, is this blog.
I spend most of my summer training teachers in how to differentiate with technology. Last summer (and this coming summer), I presented a workshop at the International Society of Technology in Education’s National Conference. I also teach a graduate course at the University of Vermont and present a 2-day workshop at Vermont Read’s Summer Institute. You might see my name in the Colchester Parks and Recreation Summer Brochure teaching an art or technology camp, too!
Who Am I?
I live in Colchester, Vermont with my two children, Tim and Meghan, and my husband, Mike. We have 2 dogs . . . Moe and Bella. Family is very important to us! We spend lots of time together. Each Sunday we have a family dinner . . . each week someone get’s to choose their favorite meal! In my family we like to cook together. Tim likes to make dinners and Meghan likes to bake. She makes great concoctions for friends and family. As a family we like to spend time on Lake Champlain boating or fishing. We also like to spend time at our camp in Calais, Vermont . . . and use our 4-wheeler. Meghan and I enjoy shopping!!!!
In my free time I like to garden and hang out with my pooches. I love to read on my swing and watch the dogs play or bark at people walking by. My dogs are noisy 🙂 If you look closely, though, you’ll see they are wagging their tails while they bark! I think they just want to play . . .