Krystal Torres

About me

I am Krystal Torres, I have a BA in Communications. After a few years of looking for a solid position in the communications industry I realized that I did not have a passion for it and needed something to get me excited again. I had always thought about teaching but something continuously stopped me from pursing it. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to not let anything get in my way, I started volunteering at local preschools, helping in whatever way that I could. Today, I am a teacher’s aide for the UPK program at the very elementary school I went to when I was a child and I could not be happier. Everyday I get the opportunity to see these children learn and grow and in turn I get to learn from them. I am excited again, excited to continue to learn and grow in my own studies and experiences! 

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      Krystal Torres published a blog post Facilitating Complex Thinking
            I have had the opportunity to observe a first grade class the past few months where I have seen many different forms of teaching strategies in action. In Mrs. Santa Maria’s first grade classroom there are many...
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        Classroom management is such an important part of being a teacher and I like to think that the first step in classroom management begins before school even starts. When students walk into a classroom on the first day of school they will note every...
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          Krystal Torres published a blog post Motivation: Chunk 3
          At this point in my career I find it difficult to find the exact principles and practices that I would like to put forth in my own classroom. I know that as I gain experience and continue you to learn about the art and science behind teaching that...
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              Gerald Ardito

              Krystal,

              I really appreciate the honesty and thoughtfulness of your final reflection. It is so hard to know who we are as teachers. In fact, it is difficult to know until you have your own students.

              This, though, really knocked me out:

               I will say this, one key principle I will ensure to keep in my classroom is to always keep in mind that each student that walks into my classroom is unique and intelligent and has the potential to accomplish anything they set their mind to and it is my job to make sure they each understand that and never feel alone or without motivation. It will be my job to make sure my students are eager to learn and remember that no matter how successful they become or how old we get that we are always learning.

              I look forward to seeing how this will develop for you as you begin having your own classroom and students.

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              Krystal Torres published a blog post Motivation: Chunk 2
                    Human motivation can be based on various different situations and have many different reasons. Before reading these articles and understanding more about the root of motivation, I use to think that human motivation was a...
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                  Gerald Ardito

                  Krystal,

                  You have a very interesting take on this research into motivation. I see a consistent thread from your earlier post on motivation. 

                  I really liked this:

                  All students are unique and they will be moved and motivated by various different things whether that be to gain the approval of a parent or teacher, to obtain good grades, or simply because they are enjoying themselves. I believe that one of the goals for teachers is to find a way to allow students to be motivated because they truly enjoy learning.

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                  Krystal Torres published a blog post Motivation: Chunk 1
                  Before reading this chapter I thought motivation was simple. Something that drives us to succeed. I thought back on what motivated me while I was in high school, I remembered always being terrible in math and never fully understanding it. What...
                    • Gerald Ardito
                      Gerald Ardito

                      Krystal,

                      I am so glad that this material really resonated with you. And I appreciate your having shared your own experiences as a high school student.

                      The common "wisdom" is that motivation is a quality or trait, like have 5 fingers and toes on each hand or foot, and that people have it or don't. I think one of the things you will find in this mini-unit is that motivation can arise from a particular learning environment.

                      This really struck me:

                      We all have many different factors that contribute to our motivation with a long list of goals we want to achieve. I think the goal for teachers when it comes to motivation is to try to understand each student and what makes them unique to help them succeed academically and socially.

                      I look forward to seeing how you do this as you have your own classroom next semester.

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                      Krystal Torres published a blog post Learning Theories Reflection
                        I learned a great deal about learning theories through this project. There were things that I read about that prior to this project I hadn’t ever heard of before which was very eye opening and made me begin to think differently about...
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                        Krystal Torres published a blog post Learning Theory Responses
                        Connectivism   Joshua, Carmel, and Yajaira your presentation was great, I honestly did not know that Connectivism was a learning theory and it was very interesting to learn about. I believe that with this global digital age we are...
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