“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”—Roald Dahl (via donganhillslibrary)
Teachers should constantly be up to date with current events.
When I was in elementary school, every time I heard about something happening in the world and I had questions, I always asked my teacher. I always believed that my teachers had the answers to EVERYTHING. I think about that now and it hits me…I am now that person to THAT kid who looks at their teacher with longing eyes and questions. This is why I believe teachers should be up to date with news. It is so much easier now with the technology we have around us. Don’t be that teacher who answers that eager student with, “I’m sorry, I haven’t heard about that.”
Of course it is okay to not always have the answers, that is not what I am saying. But teachers hold a great responsibility to always be ready to teach…that doesn’t necessarily mean teach something that is embedded into the curriculum. We just have to always be ready.
“When we scold our schoolteachers about the low reading scores of their students, we pretend that it is the easiest thing in the world: to teach a person to read and write. Try it sometime, and you will discover that it is nearly impossible.”—
POVERTY IS THE NUMBER ONE ENEMY OF EDUCATION, NOT TEACHERS.
It used to really bother me when I would read negative comments about teachers such as “they’re just lazy and teaching is so easy plus they get the summers off!” But now, it drives me because one day the world will understand that there would be nothing without teachers. They are the ones that help to inspire eager students to strive for their dreams and reach the unreachable. They are the ones that put the tools in student’s hands and leave them with the promise that they CAN do it. I will forever stick up for us teachers because we deserve the recognition.
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”—Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie (via forestofvoices)
Free web-based program to send updates to parents and students via text message. They subscribe online and you don’t ever have to know their phone numbers and they never have to know yours. Great way to keep kids updated.
It saddens me that there are more negative articles out there about teachers rather than positives ones that shine on a light on all the sacrifices teachers make to help better the life of their students.
I am so anxious to find out about my student teaching placement. What kind of host teacher will I have? What grade will I be teaching? How far is the school from where I live? All of these questions have been roaming around in my brain and it is all I can think about this summer. I wish they would tell us sooner, but we only find out a couple of weeks before school starts. Exciting times ahead!