Welcome to Mr. McGown's Web Page!Above all, students come first. I center my decisions around what is best for the children in my care. My goal for them is to create an environment that allows them to explore their creativity and curiosity in a way that will let them continue these things even after they leave me behind. I strive to give my students the tools they need to be successful and the desire to learn for its own sake. Choice is an important part of this. I believe that whenever possible, students should be able to choose their topics of study, what they write, and what they read. To that end, the process of learning and the skills needed to do it independently are more important than the content of any individual lesson. A component to this is providing a safe place to learn and a scaffolded opportunity to deal with failure and disappointment. Failing safely is what allows students to look at difficulty as an opportunity to improve. It is not a matter of that a student failed, but what they will do about it when things go wrong. This is extremely important to independence and perseverance. These are some of the most important skills that can be taught to students before they leave the classroom setting. It is also important that each student work both in groups and independently across a variety of settings. We cannot learn in isolation and we do not truly understand something until we are able to teach it to someone else. Learning is a personal process, but it should also be collaborative. Reading is a collaboration between author and reader, but true collaboration where students learn alongside and inspire each other with curiosity and a sense of wonder is a truly powerful thing. A student centered, choice driven, and collaborative classroom prepares students for life.I look forward to a wonderful year. As always, please contact me with any questions. You may send email to Matt McGown at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a message with the office by calling (330) 653-1256. I will try to return your messages as soon as possible, but most likely that will be at the end of the school day.
Phone: (330) 653-1256
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education - Bowling Green State University Master's of Education in Reading - Bowling Green State University Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (4-5)- Walsh University Gifted Education classes - Kent State University