Hi, I'm Monica!
What languages do you speak?
English- fluent Spanish-simple communication only.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I've been involved in early childhood education for 6 years and am passionate about music as a learning tool. I created the position of "Music Specialist" at the Boulder Journey School in Boulder, CO and have recently earned my Level 1 Certification as a "Music Together" teacher. I believe that when we listen to children with love and respect, they respond by showing us a deep level of thinking and a huge capacity to love and learn.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a teacher?
I would advise anyone who seeks a career in education to be prepared to surrender their own ideas about how anyone else learns. I would say that observing comes first and second and then action comes only after asking a lot of questions both of yourself and of your student to determine how best to guide.
In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses?
There is much information to be learned through the internet, however there is no replacement in a child's learning for a trusted adult. There are so many studies around this topic, including why babies need face to face communication in order to learn to talk and why children learn best from human adult interaction. Especially in the world of a child, the presence of someone who can explain the "gray areas" around the knowledge they are acquiring is necessary. The role of the live teacher is to take the knowledge that children are creating for themselves and guide that knowledge into wisdom.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?
There is a wonderful book written by Ellen Hall (owner of Boulder Journey School) called "Seen and Heard." She describes a philosophy that she and some colleagues developed for their school called "Supportive Social Learning." The philosophy is that discipline for bad behavior is an outdated idea and that what children really need to learn is how to manage their emotions, wants and needs in the society in which they exist. This is achieved through real life experience and keeping the child engaged in conversation about those experiences with her teachers, parents AND her peers.
Please list any relevant licenses, degrees or certifications.
Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Certified Music Together Teacher.