Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.- Abraham Lincoln
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    A student's best work comes as a result of preparation. 
    Hello my name is Timothy Pokrywczynski. I would like to take this opportunity to share my background in education. I completed my undergraduate work at Canisius College where I received my B.A. in Elementary Education with an extension in secondary ELA education. I completed my graduate work at Buffalo State College where I received my Masters of Science in Education. During my 22-year tenure at Lancaster High School, I have taught English 9 & 10 Regents, Honors, Shakespeare, A.I.S. Reading Lab, and Historical Fiction. I have also served as a teacher mentor on numerous occasions. I'm very excited to be working with your children as we embark on a successful learning experience this upcoming school year. The Lincoln quote shares an insight into my educational philosophy and I would like to take this opportunity to expand on that philosophy here. Success comes from hard work yes, but what does "hard work" really mean? It means that students must put effort into preparation for assignments and stay actively involved throughout the learning process.This goes way beyond "just turning something in". I have read that reading is like a conversation- the author starts the conversation and it is the reader's responsibility to continue that conversation first, by comprehending what they have read, then thinking about and reacting to the author's ideas as well as formulating their own opinions and questions, and finally putting the newly acquired knowledge into action in their lives. In short, it is a two way street that requires active participation by the reader to benefit from what the author has presented. The educational process is similar in that the "conversation" (learning) begins in the classroom, but requires the student to take responsibility for completing the conversation. Students must actively participate in the learning process. This involves asking questions for clarification, seeking help when needed, completing the homework to sharpen the skills being taught, and finally seeking feedback if necessary to continue improving skills as we move forward. Success in the learning process comes from the understanding that students have a responsibility to continue the "conversation" started in the classroom.
     Phonebooth with open doorf Please contact me via email regarding any questions or concerns about your child's class. You can also call the High School at 686-3255 Ext.9337. I find email to be the most effective and expedient means of communication. Thank you.
    Please contact your child's counselor to arrange a teacher/parent conference.
    Phone: 686-3255 Ext.9337
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