Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Some things I have learned in my first 3 years of teaching.

• Kids have wonderfully open hearts and minds. Kindness keeps them that way.

• Second graders aren’t good at using glitter.

• There are usually MORE than two sides to every story. Some are told with more dramatic flair than others.

• You will often find sweet notes and pictures on your desk throughout the day.

• Kids LOVE it when you go out to recess with them.

• You’ll have to repeat yourself at least 3 times for everything, and still not everyone will hear. May want to consider tape recording yourself. ;)

• It’s best to avoid talking much in the teachers’ lounge.

• Ask fellow teachers for advice… they know a lot!

• Humor in the classroom is a MUST!

• Every teacher really does want the best for their students.

• If one student goes on a restroom break, half the class will have urgently full bladders.

• The kids who will try to cheat are usually the ones you would least expect.

• Never assume ANYTHING.

• If you want to see yourself teaching, ask a student to teach an easy routine lesson. They will act just like their teacher! Plus they love it.

• Teachers aren’t paid enough.

• If the bureaucrats who make the education laws would spend just one day in the classroom… need I say more?

• Kids really do say the darndest things!

• Teaching is the best and most rewarding job ever!
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  1. I am about to finish school and have absolutely NO idea what I want to do with myself next year - go to university, but to do what? I have considered teaching, and it is the passion that teachers like you show towards their job that has really inspired me. I think it takes a certain type of person to do teaching - for example, I don't know whether I would have the patience - and I think I would prefer working with older students rather than younger ones. It's great to see that you love your job, and although I feel that other courses I have considered (such as medicine and physiotherapy) have a greater prestige than teacher, I do believe that above all, your career should be something that you love, regardless of anything else. Thanks for your inspiration.

  2. Thank you very much for your comment. I agree that you have to do something you love. Find where your passion is... and follow that. You sound like you have a great head on your shoulders!

  3. Thanks for being a teacher that cares. We certainly need more like you!! Kudos!