Campbell Elementary School
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
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.