Mr. Fraccica

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Mr. Fraccica

About Me: 
Hello! My name is Amos Fraccica. This is my first year teaching at Shady Brook and my first year in North Carolina! I am born and raised in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY called Angola. I attended SUNY Fredonia and earned my bachelor and master degrees before substitute teaching at Lake Shore Central. I taught as a Teacher Assistant and as an Academic Intervention Services Teacher for 5 years at Elmwood Village Charter School in grades 3 and 4. Along with my partner, I established the EVCS Scholastic Chess Club and after 3 years of hard work and a ton of fun, the club grew to over 50 members with several members earning a permanent USCF rating. Although I have only been in Kannapolis since August of 2017, I already feel welcomed and at home here. I am ecstatic to be a part of the Brook and privileged to  rock the Block K. 

Colleges Attended/Degrees Earned:
Bachelor of Arts in Education from State University of New York at Fredonia
Master of Arts in Education (Literacy Birth-Grade 6) from State University of New York at Fredonia

Educational Philosophy:

Engagement, relevance, and enthusiasm best describe my teaching philosophy. I believe students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process. An engaging classroom will best facilitate this. I engage students in the skills and content taught during the day by using diverse teaching methods and encouraging students’ use of a variety of cognitive skills. The more ways student process material, the more likely they will be able to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the information. It is these higher-level skills, described by Bloom (1956), that I try to develop in my students. I believe that students are creators of their own knowledge. Students construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences, as described by Dewey and Piaget. In addition, I believe there is a social aspect to learning, that it is an active and social process in which students build their knowledge by collaborating with their peers.

Students become engaged in the classroom when they see the relevance of their learning to their lives. It is important for students to think about information in a variety of ways, including thinking about how it relates to past experiences and how it relates to the world they live in. Students can be motivated to learn when they see that what they are learning has real world applications. When learning can help them understand something about themselves, a situation in which they were in or to describe why something happened the way it did, or predict what behavior may happen in the future, students are more apt to take ownership in their learning.

 An enthusiastic environment also facilitates engagement. One way to develop my students’ enthusiasm in the learning process is through my own enthusiasm for the content. I try to hook my students’ interest as early as possible in the lesson to keep them wanting more. Students want to be excited to learn and I try to give them a reason for it when I teach. I use a variety of methods to inspire learning in the classroom whether it is using technology, humor, cooperative activities, or project based learning. Enthusiasm is contagious, and by demonstrating the love I have for learning, I feel that my students become more engaged and interested in the content I teach.

The relationship between the teacher and students is key to building and maintaining a safe, positive, and productive classroom community. It is important to me to take a personal interest in all my students’ lives. I make a strong effort to demonstrate a sincere interest in my students because after all, we spend a third of our day together. School is a large part of a student’s life so I believe it is imperative to ensure they feel safe, they feel wanted and important and happy. 

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