When you pop into school on your day off to cover a few classes for the boss and there’s an #authorvisit underway. A funny creation of Betty Banana, lots of giggles and plenty of questions asked about writing and making books. Well done to all the authors and illustrators out there who visit schools and share their joy of books with kiddos and staff alike.
If you want to be a teacher, you have to have a vision! After I graduated college I didn’t get a public school teaching job, so at the end of the summer I accepted a job as a 2nd grade teacher at a private school making $1,300 a month with no insurance or benefits. It was HARD, but I had a vision and knew teaching was my calling and I wasn’t giving that up. I taught there for 3 years and loved every minute of it even though I was BROKE!
It finally got to the point that my credit card bills were too high and I couldn’t afford to be a teacher anymore. One of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made was to leave teaching for a year and become a unit secretary at a hospital so that I could catch up on some bills. -
I cried and cried and sold EVERYTHING from my classroom so that I could make ends meet. To my surprise though I loved working in the hospital and grew in ways I never imagined and made friends that will last a lifetime. -
Then a little over a year later I got an email saying my resume was still active on my county’s website and new jobs had been posted. It was September and school had already started, but I looked just out of curiosity. There were quite a few positions, but only one school that I really wanted to teach at, so I applied and didn’t think anything else about it. -
A few days later I got a phone call from the principal of the school asking me to come in THAT DAY for an interview, so I went and 2 days later was offered the job!
My teaching journey to get to where I’m at was not easy. I had to live on not much for quite a few years. College did not prepare me for that. I thought I would graduate, get a job and be like a lot of other teachers I knew. I didn’t know that almost 10 years later I would still be paying off a financial burden that teaching put me in. -
But, I always had a vision and the reward of being teacher always outweighed the negatives. I would do the same thing again if given the choice. -
SO, (for those of you still reading), if you are in the same place I was in, I see you and I understand you! If being a teacher is your vision, DONT GIVE UP! I promise it will be worth it!
Challenges make us grow. For our students this can be difficult. In grad school we were told to find the zine of proximal development, zpd. The work has to be just right, the book had to be just right, the challenge had to be just right. If it was too much, students would shut down. .
I still agree with a caveat. Our students can do anything if we find the right scaffolding, the right tools, the right method to break something down. If we have them practice facing challenges more they can build the stamina and the confidence to face any challenge. It’s all about mindset really. .
After 12 years of teaching I’ve learned that facing a challenge is a delicate balance of skill and mindset. What do you think? How do you help students face challenges? #teachersfollowteachers#teachertalk#tuesdaymotivation#nycteach#teachersnyc#growthmindset#thewellthyteacher#teachwellthy
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Real talk time ⏱
How exhausting is placement!!! I have nearly completed 5 weeks of my 10 weeks straight. I have had 1 day off in that whole time as I have had to work on the weekends. Programming, planning, creating resources, completing assessments for other uni subjects and just trying to keep my head above water is so tiring. To all the other pre-service teachers out there on placement that are completely exhausted you are not alone and it’s okay to be drained. Just remember.... You’re killing it! You’re working so hard! You’re learning so much! You’re teaching little humans so much! You’re AMAZING!! ✨
My opposite number..😎 Watch out for us! 🤺🤺
Coming soon.... Regrann from @herhymeswithme - When the classroom is safe for intersectional fandoms and imaginative collaboration. #MakingFunOfTeaching
Those pointer on point tho...
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2D & 3D S H A P E S ✨// Some activities we played today! My class love geogoards, anyone else’s? (Posters from @twinklaustralia ) 😍 I loved them too when I was at school ☺️ this 3D shape puzzle from @teachstarter was perfect for revising properties too 🤗 3D bingo game from @twinklaustralia awesome for identifying and naming 3D shapes. Let’s just ignore the ratty tape still stuck on my desks from last term 😂
✨ Book Week 2018 ✨ We dressed up as characters from The Nose Pixies! 👃🏻🧝🏼♀️ Have you read the book? It’s an awesome story to read to your class or children if they pick their nose 😂🙌🏻 #bookweek2018#findyourtreasure
I love how Daily 5 has motivated my kids to LOVE literacy! Reading goals are set, individualised spelling lists are being worked on, writing is flourishing - and all in a FULL class of boys with NO teacher assistant 🙌🏼 Why yes, I’ll take a bow, thanks!