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JOHNSONBURG â€“ Beau Iorfido is another one of Johnsonburg Elementary Schoolâ€™s first-grade teachers.
Iorfido plans on using one of his own hobbies to teach the children.
â€śOne of my favorite hobbies includes learning how to play the guitar,â€ť Iorfido said. â€śThis is something that I enjoy learning on my own time. It is also something that I will incorporate into my classroom.â€ť
Iorfido says he has found that children love to sing along and learn while listening to music.
â€śIt is so nice playing the guitar for younger kids,â€ť Iorfido said. â€śThey seem to enjoy it no matter how good or bad I am; they make me feel like a rock star and I love watching their enthusiasm while making learning fun for them.â€ť
In addition to creating music, Iorfido plans on keeping his students interested with the use of technology and hands-on activities.
â€śI like to get the children moving throughout the day,â€ť Iorfido said. â€śI feel that children learn best as active learners. If you would walk past my room on any given day, you could view my students participating in hands-on activities instead of seat-work.Â I feel that teaching in an active environment helps appeal to visual, auditory, and hands-on learning.â€ť
Not only is Iorfido going to make learning enjoyable, he intends on challenging his students academically.
â€śSome of my goals for my first year of teaching include challenging my students above their academic level, and to take them to the next step in their learning,â€ť he said. â€śI want them to leave my classroom with self-esteem and confidence so they feel they can accomplish or conquer just about any obstacle in their path.â€ť
Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.