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  Ms.Smallwood
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This is my 11th year teaching at Cool Spring Elementary!  I have taught fourth and fifth grade at Cool Spring.  I see 4th grade as a wonderful opportunity to incorporate one of my hobbies into the classroom -- Virginia History. 
 
I graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Psychology.  Before I became an elementary school teacher, I was a manager at Xerox Corporation in both Herndon and Leesburg.  I managed the technical writing team and worked as a writer of technical literature, developed training on new technologies, and trained employees.  I changed my career by returning to George Mason University and enrolling in their Master's with initial teacher's licensure program. 
 
My classroom is full of music and movement as we work to prevent too much sitting.  Music is used in the background and also during routines to liven up the day!
 
I love teaching children, and generally try to incorporate many hands on tactics to keep the students active and getting practical experience.  I encourage a cooperative learning scenario whereby children are encouraged to work together to agree on answers and be able to independently support them.  I manage my classroom focusing on how each child's differences can be seen as "strengths," rather than weaknesses.  Respect is a key component for me both amongst each other in the school community but for ourselves.