10 Things I've Learned
Jennifer from Rowdy in First is having a linky party. It's been wonderful to read these posts from so many teachers and be able to nod your head and think, "I knew I wasn't the only one". I've taught for 12 years and I know I've learned a lot along the way. Here are just a few (or 10 to be exact):
1. No child named "Angel" is ever an angel. In general, teaching can ruin a lot of perfectly good names.
2. If anyone deserves Happy Hour on Friday, it's a teacher!
3. No matter how ready you are for the school year to be over, you will be the same kind of excited for it to begin again in August.
4. Back-to-School ads create just about the same amount of excitement in me as the Black-Friday ones.
5. Before-school yard duty is 10 times worse than recess yard duty, even though it's the same amount of time. I don't know why, it just is.
6. I've heard/read this many times, but it is one truth I try to remind myself of all the time. Kids will not remember all the "things" you taught them (in first grade or any other), but they will remember how they felt in your class. Make it fun!
7. As much as technology has changed the way we teach, kids still enjoy the simple things like a good picture book and a song.
8. Your expectations are never as clear as you think they are- kids need LOTS of examples.
9. Nothing is greater than knowing you've helped give a child the gift of reading.
10. Teachers will NEVER get paid what they're worth. Get over it and move on. Complain about it over a margarita (or two), but then let it go and be the best you can be!
Enjoy your weekend!