I’ve realized that…
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?
So I just came across a post that referred to “those special ed kids” which made me wonder…
Do YOU have a person first mentality? As in do you say the kid with autism or the autistic kid? I have heard heated discussions from both sides in both school and work and now I am wondering how Tumblr teachers see this topic. What are your views?
When you were in school, did you like it? How did your experience in school influence your decision to become a teacher?
Are your loved ones supportive of your decision to get into education?
Were they always supportive or did they warm up to it? If they were against you going into education, what field did they wish you went in instead?
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.
In a perfect world…
…those that shouldn’t be teachers, wouldn’t be
and those that were meant to be in that position, would be.
(via Teaching Chick: Monday Made It #3!)
“quiet critters-when you decide it is important for students to be quiet pass out quiet critters- take them away from students who talk. At the end of the activity anyone who still has a quiet critter gets a prize, point, whatever you use. Brilliant!”
(via Team V’s First Grade Fun: “I’m Done” Cups)
Students pick a stick from the “I’m Done” cup and work on an activity when they are finished with their work. Teachers can range the activities depending on the grade.