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“That One Student”9.26.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

That one student who will ask you every question they can in a five min. period
That one student who will torment the weakest student in the class
…. who will sit there without saying a word because he or she is afraid to make a mistake
…. who will raiser their hand for every question even if she or he doesn’t know the answer
…. who will help as many students as she or he can throughout the day
…. who will try to help you maintain order in the classroom
…. who will follow all of the rules to a fault
…. who will challenge the rules in the class
…. who will become the class clown if you let them
….. read the entire time they are in the library
….. cause chaos just to get attention from someone
….. make you smile just because you know they are listening
….. who can’t be reached at this time by you
….. who holds on to each word you say
….. who always has his or her shoes untied
….. who will not back down from a challenge
….. and the one you don’t notice in the back of the room crying until it’s too late

There are plenty more personalities and traits left out of this post, but hopefully, you can fill in the blank and understand the difficulty facing educators each and every day. It’s not a job, but more of a commitment to help others and see others succeed in life.

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“Learn from Everything” 9.22.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

Well, it looked like I had some time to “catch up” on a few things, or maybe even “get ahead” of some things when school started this morning, but ….

that quickly changed as the day progressed. I saw that 2nd grade had a field trip, so that meant I would have an extra hour to get some shelving done, lessons planned, and any other task to help with the next couple of days.

So, many of you, matter of fact, none of you know me, but I always have a smile on my face. This smile must be translated into an invitation to have a conversation. Now, I don’t mind taking, and I actually try to plan ahead so I do have time to talk with people. 

Needless, to say, the time I set aside for “my stuff” was interrupted with a conversation. I looked at the situation as a time to learn from others, and I did. Without going into detail, I was enlightened by the person I was talking with about a variety of topics. This dialogue also gave me a better understanding of the individual. This learning experience is one that would not have happened if I wasn’t smiling all the time.

Which makes me think my smile is more of an opportunity to learn at all times. It allows people to feel comfortable when approaching me. So, it’s not a “curse” like I have thought of it being in the past. It seems to be a way for me to continue learning about myself and others, and for this, I am happy I smile so much!