Welcome to 6th grade at Connellsville Area Middle School, and welcome to my Social Studies class. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. Together we will explore American history, current events, United States geography, and world geography.
Now, let me tell you a little about myself. My name is Mrs. Ladowitz. Last year was my first year here at the middle school. Previously, I had taught 6th grade for ten years at Clifford Pritts Elementary. Before that I spent eight years teaching 5th and 6th grade Learning Support at the same school. I have taught all subjects, but my favorite has always been Social Studies. Not only is this a passion of mine, but I have had a lot of additional training and educational experiences in this area. I am very project oriented in my social studies lessons. I incorporate research, writing, and technology into these projects.
Outside of school, I have a husband, two daughters, and quite a few animals. Both girls are very active in soccer, cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics. I, unfortunately, do not have much time for hobbies, but when I do, I love to cook and bake. I also love animals. My husband and I have rescued seven dogs and five cats. I am also a coach. I coach the middle school cheerleading squad in the district where I live.
My philosophy of teaching is this: Students learn best when they are actively involved. This is why I believe in teaching students in a "hands-on" manner. I do not believe students should be restricted to simply working out of a book. Interactive activities, real life experiences and interests, discovery, and active involvement will all be part of my classroom. Students, in my classroom, will be active learners. As I said before, I am very project oriented. I incorporate research, writing, and technology into these projects. We will use our book as a resource, but we will also have quite a bit of other materials that we will be learning from.
I believe I am a very fair but fun teacher. For those coming to 6th grade and not liking Social Studies, I’m pretty sure I will be able to change your mind. Please do not be afraid to ask questions and participate in discussions. My classroom is a safe and engaging environment where students are encouraged to ask questions, share ideas, and give opinions.