What I've Learned From Teaching

Jul 7, 2015

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.


  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!

    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!

  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!

    Teach Talk Inspire

  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!
    Always Kindergarten

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

  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!

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

  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!
    Not very fancy in 1st


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