In an effort to better my blogger skills I’m giving this WordPress Zero to Hero: Thirty Days to a Better Blog thing a try. Each day they give you a new assignment, and yesterdays (yep, behind on day 1!) was to introduce ourselves. I thought maybe I can skip this one, I just have 6 posts so I’m sure that first one introduced me just fine. But then I would be skipping class on the first day of school, and as a teacher I just can’t advocate such insubordination!! (However, I admit the couch was pretty comfy yesterday)
So here ya go, a *brief* re-introduction!
I am a novice teacher, having not yet gotten a full-time teaching position (but if you know of one let me know, I’m searching!). I created this blog because I believe teachers learn more often than they think. We don’t learn just at professional development seminars, weekly team meetings, or from our fellow teachers – though we do learn quite a lot in those moments! We also learn from the students that sit in front of us every single day. I learn compassion when one of our students is constantly in trouble at home. I learn patience when one of my students makes a beeline for me every morning to tell me about Skylanders Swap Force (even though this actually happened, I still have no idea what they are). I learn to keep my mouth shut when I get stung by a bee twice in less than 30 seconds. I learn many things from and alongside my students, each of which is just as memorable and valuable as the last.
Here I’ll write funny anecdotes that happen to me on a daily basis, most of which will revolve around children (See my most recent post An Unexpected Thank You). You’ll find everything I learn from teaching: math lessons gone wrong, investigations gone right, and maybe a funny story or two of a student coming out of our dramatic play restaurant saying, “Phew, that’s exhausting!!!” Yes, that actually happened, and the next day we caught her and a few friends “taking a break” on the preschool sized couch I hadn’t intended on being part of the restaurant.
These are the primary reasons I created this blog. I wanted to make sure I was recognizing the learning I am doing with my students, and documenting it online seemed a perfect route (names will be changed and pictures not to be posted without parental consent). I also started this blog with the hopes of connecting with other teachers. I want to learn from you all as well! How do you teach odd and even to your students (for a fabulous take on this, check out Beyond Traditional Math’s post about teaching even and odd to her 5 year old). What do you do for classroom management? Why do you teach? What’s the best I-have-10-minutes-to-eat lunch you’ve packed and taken to school?
Ok, so maybe that wasn’t so brief. Sorry about that! But if you made it this far into the post, I hope you will join me for many more to come, both as I finish the Zero to Hero assignments and as I write about everyday learning between my students and myself.