Today is National Day of the Teacher so in honor of that I am posting about being a teacher.
(This is me in my classroom at the beginning of the year.)
In college I remember saying I would never be a teacher….Oh, God has a sense of humor. I don’t know why I tried to deny the fact that I was made to teach. It comes naturally to me. I remember from early in my life teaching others whether they asked for it or not. I did relinquish the “never gonna teach” a little in college and got a minor in TESOL (teaching English as a second language), but that was for the purpose of ministry not career. Well, here I am in my 9th year of teaching elementary aged kiddos. I have taught 4th grade, 5th grade, both at the same time (the dreaded combo class), and now a READ 180 group (remedial reading group for upper graders). It appears that I will be moving to a new grade level soon so we will get to add that to the resume. I wish I could say I have loved every moment of it, but then I would be lying to you. There are definite moments of frustration, hopelessness, and anger. I have wanted to quit more than once, but those are the moments where no rash decisions should be made. Then there are those “aha” moments when I see my kids succeed or when they are finally proud of themselves for what they have accomplished. Then I know that I have a place here. More than anything though I want to be the hands and feet of Jesus to my students. I want them to see that there is more to me than what they score. I care about their hearts as well as their minds. So love on your child’s teacher today. They deserve it and need it. The end of the year is rough. We are trying to wind down this year and prep for next year. It never stops.
Here are some tools of the trade: Hand Sanitizer (don’t use this enough), Pencils (I think I go through at least 100 boxes a month…not really, but it feels that way), and my trusty projector (technology is a must nowadays)
On the left my must have white board marker (these are frequently taken from me which can make me a little selfish when I get a new pack), and on the right my board by my desk which is where I keep important papers I don’t want to get lost.
If you know any teacher you know that there are tons of paper all over the place, meeting agendas, good strategies to use with students, rosters with kids info on it. Needless to say I have tons of files. I try to keep it in one place, but it usually explodes at some point in the year.