Wendolyn Penn is one of the elementary school teachers piloting Noblesville Schools’ fifth grade 1:1 iPad program. She said she is impressed with how well Noblesville Schools provides opportunities for the teachers to grow in their own professional development.
Grade/school: Fifth grade, Promise Road Elementary
Why did you become a teacher? Ever since the first day of kindergarten, I knew that I wanted to teach. I loved everything about school. I came straight home and set up my stuffed animals in a line. I then proceeded to teach them the lessons I had learned that day. I could not imagine being anything else.
What goals do you have for your students? This year I’ve really focused on my students having a “growth” mindset. I want them to have a passion for learning and embrace whatever challenges their pursuit of learning might bring. In our class, we are not discouraged by failure; instead we call them “learning opportunities.” We do not settle for “good enough.” We ask, “Is this my best?” Students are encouraged to advocate for themselves and take responsibility for their own learning.
What advice would you give for parents? My daughter started college this past August. Leaving her in that dorm room was the hardest thing that I’ve ever done. I know parents of young children hear this all the time, but it’s so true. Cherish the time you have with your children. Time goes by too fast. Put down the computer and phone. Turn off the television. Leave work behind. Spend time, focused time with your child and appreciate every second.
What is something others might not know about you? My father was in the military most of my young life. Because of this, I attended nine different schools during kindergarten through 12th grade. Of the nine, I actually attended four different high schools.