Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tell All Tuesday: Things Teaching Has Taught Me!





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...



1. I taught middle school for the first 10 years of my career and there were mostly men there. They were not naturals at organizing luncheons, at least at my school. Now, when I moved to the elementary wing I found that there is food in there. All. The. Time. It's a bittersweet revelation.

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!





16 comments:

  1. Love your list!! Teaching is really the most rewarding job :) Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Yes, I can't imagine doing anything else! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love your list!! Especially points 3&4. It's so true! It's ok to not have all the answers but not to lie to your students. I always tell my students that teachers make mistakes just like you do! Thanks so much for linking up with us!

    Jayme
    Teach Talk Inspire

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    1. I think every beginning teacher should know those points. Might make less heartache and grief those first years. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Your list rings so true! Teaching is the most difficult and most rewarding job at the same time! Thanks for sharing your top ten!!
    Jill

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    1. Agreed! It's a struggle with all the changes in education all the time but then again I love having a new class every year. It's like getting another fresh start! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I love your number 1!!! My first few years were really really hard and I was not sure I was where I was suppose to be. I am glad I had a glimpse of teaching in my fourth year bc after 11 years I can't imagine doing anything else!!
    Em
    Curious firsties

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    1. I have to say that I miss the independence of middle schoolers but there's just something about firsties...they've captured my heart! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Great list! I totally agree with #9. Thanks for sharing!
    Andrea
    Always Kindergarten

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  7. Yeah, that one's a downer but it is something teaching has taught me. We teach littles and they are cute (sometimes not!) but we don't just sit and play with them all day. Teaching is tough sometimes. At least we can support each other! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. You have such a great list!! I love your #8, I totally have bins of cardboard tubes, ribbons, fabric scraps, and everything else I think I may be able to use in a lesson one day!! Thank you so much for sharing your list, you really nailed it!

    Erin
    Kindergarten Dragons

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    1. Here's to us using up all these "treasures" before we retire! LOL! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  9. You are so right about the hoarding!!! I even have my parents saving the cardboard tubes:) We do what we do because we love it and its the best!! I love your list!!!

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    1. It was fun to write up this list, for sure! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  10. Oh I just love your list! Everything is soooo true! Thank you for sharing! I found your blog through the "little fish" link up and it's adorable! I love that you are doing a book club! How fun - and the book looks amazing!

    Ashley
    One Step Closer Teaching

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    1. Well, I'm glad you stopped by my little blog! Come on and join us on our book club! You can always can back and read through or jump right in where we are now. I'll be checking out your blog!

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