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Campbell Elementary School

Math, Computers and G&T
 
 
 

 

My name is Mr. Fitzgibbon, but you may know me better as Mr. Thanksgiving, which is what many of the students call me!

Funny names aside, I teach Computer Science and UL Math to fourth grade students. I also teach the Gifted & Talented progam to third and fourth grade students, and RtI to second grade students.

 

 

 

I like to think of education in terms of the Chinese characters

 

Chinese characters

In the Chinese language, two characters represent the word “learning.” The first character means “to study.” It is composed of two parts: a symbol that means “to accumulate knowledge” is placed above a symbol for a child in a doorway. The second character means “to practice constantly,” and it shows a bird developing the ability to leave the nest. While upper symbol represents flying; the lower symbol, youth.

Thus, learning is ongoing. “Study” and “practice constantly,” together, suggest that learning should mean: “mastery of the way of self-improvement.”

 

 

 

 

 I also like Emerson's short poem below, which seems to me, to describe the life of a good teacher.


Success
by
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people
And the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
And endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by
A healthy child, a garden patch or
A redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
 
 
 
If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me, and I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
 
Math Tree