This week's Tell All Tuesday is again with Teach.Talk.Inspire and My Day in K. I love lists and this week is perfect for me. Top Ten List!
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...Ok, so here is what teaching has taught me in 10...
2. We teachers must prep our lessons, gather materials, print and assemble and then teach the lesson, give the assignments and homework and then grade it all! As a kid, I thought teachers just gave it out!
3. Students in elementary, especially primary, think of the teacher as the queen bee and they know it all. For most of the year I know what time it is and they don't! That's a big deal in first grade.
4. I learned way back when I taught gifted at the middle school that it is alright that the students know that you do not know all the answers. Sometimes if you can't fudge it, it's just better to be straight with those pre-teens because they can smell inferiority complex right away.
5. If I don't go on vacation, I can spend the equivalent to going on vacation just on my classroom next year. I never have enough dollar spot items for my room!
6. I find it amazing how many people, from politicians to media heads, that will make blanket statements about teachers and education. I would like to see some of them survive 25 first graders...just one day will do it. Maybe the first hour even.
7. This is my summer break and I'm still thinking, working, planning and shopping for school. It never completely leaves my mind. That certain kid in my class from this past year hasn't left my mind yet either. We've all had one of those kids.
8. I didn't know that I would be holding paper towel rollers hostage in my home and asking family and friends for theirs. It's great that teachers know how to use free resources, but just remember we have to keep them...somewhere.
9. In education, nothing stays the same. Why? Well, it's because there is no one proven magic formula as to the best way to educate humans. Neuroscience doesn't even know the "tip of my finger" of it, yet everyone else has an opinion (refer back to #6).
10. Even though some things about being a teacher many not be so great, I still love it. I can' imagine doing anything else. What gets me every time is the joy, the lightbulb moments, the connections I make with students. I love it! It feels good to know what I'm meant to do here on Earth.
If you are still here after reading through my whole list, thank you! Check out the links to other teacher's top 10 lists or, better yet, download the graphic below to make and post your own top 10 list of things teaching has taught you. Now, I'm going to click through and read each one!