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!