“Kids don’t stop asking questions because they lose interest. It’s the other way around — they lose interest because they stop asking questions.”—For Maria Montessori’s birthday today, Superwoman Was Already Here – an animated homage to the iconic educator’s philosophy. (via explore-blog)
So I just found out I don’t start student teaching until the week after next which would be about a month into the school year. Kinda bummed about that…which leads me to the question. When you were student teaching, were you there the first week of school or did you go in when school had already begun? How did this affect your student teaching experience?
I just found out that some phone companies, such as Verizon, give up to 18% discounts to teachers. Check it out! Just go to a Verizon store, show a paystub and you’re good to go! I think the account has to be in your name in order to receive the discount but if it isn’t then you fill out a form and I think you will still be able to receive the discount. I am not sure about the procedure for other companies but I know that is how it works with Verizon.
“One of the few ways I can almost be certain I’ll understand something is by sitting down and writing about it. Because by forcing yourself to write about it and putting it down in words, you can’t avoid having your say on the subject. You might be wrong, but you have to think about it very intensely to write about it.”—Hunter S. Thompson (via amandaonwriting)
“What they don’t understand about birthdays and what they never tell
you is that when you’re eleven, you’re also ten, and nine, and eight, and
seven, and six, and five, and four, and three, and two, and one. And when you
wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don’t.
You open your eyes and everything’s just like yesterday, only it’s today. And
you don’t feel eleven at all. You feel like you’re still ten. And you are —
underneath the year that makes you eleven.
Like some days you might say something stupid, and that’s the part of
you that’s still ten. Or maybe some days you might need to sit on your
mama’s lap because you’re scared, and that’s the part of you that’s five.
And maybe one day when you’re all grown up maybe you will need to cry like
if you’re three, and that’s okay. That’s what I tell Mama when she’s sad and
needs to cry. Maybe she’s feeling three.
Because the way you grow old is kind of like an onion or like the rings
inside a tree trunk or like my little wooden dolls that fit one inside the
other, each year inside the next one. That’s how being eleven years old is.”—Sandra Cisneros (via mrsfigg)
A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stomp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said ...they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Pass it on.
“Curiosity, creativity, discovery and wonder; they aren’t traits of youth, they’re traits of learning. If you want to feel younger and you want to replicate the conditions of youth, do that.”—Benjamin Salka (via hapa-nings)
I started school today. I told the students, “I’m more like a miner of gold than a teacher. There is gold inside you and I want to find it. It won’t look like gold when we dig it out, but if we work together to recognize the value of your talents and polish them together, you’ll come out shining….
I fully believe that a bright, colorful, and kid friendly environment is the best way to welcome students (and parents) into the classroom. To break the mold from the typical classroom, how about creating a YOU wall for your students to see on the first day.
So I spent the afternoon with my cousins five year old daughter and had a great time! She was introducing me to her stuffed animals and telling me their significant characteristics. I asked her to place the toys in order from smallest to biggest then shortest to tallest and she had so much fun with that! She would explain to me why she placed them in a certain order and in that moment, my cousin walks in and goes … “wow, you’re such a teacher.” I honestly didn’t realize that I made playing with stuffed animals into a learning moment until she pointed it out. I LOVE my profession. Because I am still new in the game, ah ha moments like this bring me back to my childhood of when all I wanted to be was a teacher and now I am in that role! It’s a trip and I love it!
I have heard so many people tell me this throughout my life. I do agree that networking places a huge role in attaining the job you desire and I have seen people that have known more not get a job because they didn’t have the “connections.” But I am a firm believer that if you have all the nuggets and are always open to learn, you will reach that coveted spot even without knowing someone at the top.
“Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question – you have to want to know – in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.”—
Time for a straight forward post. Due to the fact that I am a teacher, I put extra pressure on myself to to speak correctly and overthink things I write because it is a reflection of my profession. For example, I am having a conflict in my mind right now with “overthink” … is it over-think, overthink, or over think? Now the question arises, you’re a teacher…you should know these things.
When I was in school, especially in elementary, I thought my teachers knew all and made no mistakes. Whatever came out of their mouths or was put on the board was golden and not prone to error. I think that is where my need to always be in check with how I word things comes from.
I know Tumblr Teachers will relate with me, right?