Jul 7, 2015

What I've Learned From Teaching

Summer is such a great time for link ups!  Today I am linking up with My Day in K and Teach, Talk, Inspire.

Today is the Top Ten things that I have learned from teaching.  This was not an easy task and I am not convinced that even like what I came up with.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate.  But I especially NEED NEED NEED chocolate after a busy morning and a learning-filled afternoon!  Let's face it...I need chocolate at all points in my day.

I can never have enough Post-its.  They are all over my teaching binder, guided reading table, guided math table, countertop at home...all over!  I am an old fashioned list girl and I need Post its to do it!

My first two years of teaching I saved my plan book and thought that I would look back.  Nope.  Every year brings its own set of kids, challenges, and lessons.  That is why I love this career so very much.
It is hard.  Not necessarily in a bad way.  And I don't think you realize how very hard and challenging it can be until you are in that classroom on your own.
I am pretty sure that every teacher knows what this means. So  many things are going on at one time in a classroom and things can change or not work (technology) in a split second.  Teaching has taught me to think fast.

As each challenge arises, I learn from it.  Whether it is from a student, in a professional book, from a colleague, or in a blog post that I read, each day bring new learning for me.
Never.  Ever. Whether I am at Target, on the playground with my kids, or eating dinner my teacher brain is always on.
I am not quite sure how to be a teacher without multi-tasking.  So many things have to be done in one single moment.  You learn very quickly that you must multi-task to make it through a day.

Yes, I am there to impart knowledge on this wonderful little kiddos.  But when it come down to it...my kids need a smile each morning and love.  This is what will stick with them the most.

The one thing I know for certain...I will never know everything about teaching.  My to-do list of learning will never end.  And if I ever do feel that I know everything, it is time for me to leave this wonderful career.







8 comments:

  1. Amen to the chocolate! My kiddos know where Miss K keeps the good chocolate in case another teacher comes in for some! Sometimes I am not sure who is learning more, me or the students?!? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know!! I really think I am learning more! They just seem to teach me so much and I work to get better for them all the time!

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  2. Thank you so much for linking up with us girls! I LOVED your list! Especially #9! Post-its might be my all time favorite teacher resource! I can use them for everything! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Jayme
    Teach Talk Inspire

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  3. Such a great list and all so true. I especially identify with #4. I have such a hard time turning off my teacher brain! Thanks for sharing!
    Andrea
    Always Kindergarten

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  4. Love and learn. That definitely covers it all!
    Alyce

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  5. Your list was great! Never underestimate the power of chocolate and post-its, they are valuable items to always have within reach. Thanks for linking up with us!

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  6. So true! My teacher brain is always on too!

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  7. Number one is so true. I feel like the more I learn the less I know! I'd add--There's never a one-size-fits-all solution to any challenge, and there's never just one right solution. Thanks for sharing!
    Deb
    Not very fancy in 1st

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