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ALL ABOUT MRS. BARBARA FORBES
Hi. My name is
Barbara Forbes. My assignment last
year was full time Grade One at
My husband and I have four sons at home ranging in age
from 15 to 24 years. We enjoy golf rounds with all four of our boys along
with time at our cabin on
MY BELIEF STATEMENT
My personal philosophy is that all children are a true gift from God.
I believe in every child’s ability to share their unique gifts
and talents with the world.
I also believe children learn best when they are actively involved –
our classroom will be a noisy and busy place where we learn
on our own and through interaction with others.
I believe all children learn in different ways and according to their own timeline.
I will support this learning and be a facilitator of their learning.
Our classroom is an environment which supports effort,
creativity, risk-taking and challenges.
Above all, it is where your child will feel valued, safe, supported and respected.
I believe your child’s learning is a group effort –
a combination of the school, family, and community.
1978 – present Edmonton Catholic Schools
Grade One Teacher
Roles and Responsibilities
· Create a learning environment that fosters intellectual and moral growth; using a Balanced Literacy approach for teaching while incorporating the techniques suggested by Debbie Miller and Michelle Borba.
· Seeks out new information, research, ideas and suggestions to further “best practices”.
· Researches high quality literature implementing it as the backbone of my teaching and providing a springboard for all learning activities in the classroom.
· Responsible for the development and operation of an exceptional Grade One program.
· Provide multi-grade collaborative learning experiences
· Work closely with Capital Health speech and language pathologists and occupational therapists for mild to moderate delayed language students
Supervising teacher for IPT student
· Participant of “Young Mathematicians” cohort group
· Initiated and created Service Project in area of Recycling: money is donated to child being treated for leukemia
Two years ago, the school I was teaching in was planning their 25th anniversary. As a staff member, we each too a moment to remember where and what we were doing 25 years ago. I wrote . . .
25 YEARS AGO . . . .
I was in my third year of teaching. . . a combined
Kindergarten/Grade One class of 23 students at
I was newly married, owned a beautiful Airedale dog named Dusty and was living in my first home in the Ritchie area just blocks away from my school.
25 years later . . . .
I am again living in the community that I teach in, surrounded by an incredible staff of friends, absolutely beautiful Kindergarten children (two classes) and caring and supportive parents. My three years at St. Richard have been truly gratifying years. I have been blessed in my teaching career . . . teaching part time for 19 years while we raised four boys; only returning to full time work two years ago.
Teaching Kindergarten is my joy! I believe each child is a gift from God. Each child is an original. Everyday is a celebration of life. I love, value and treasure each and every child and provide an environment where each child’s needs are met and where each child feels safe and secure. St. Richard is allows me to live my beliefs fully.