Daily teachers get to experience small joys and incredible people (some big and some small). It makes the job the hardest job I will ever love. As my husband, children, and friends can tell you, I am a lover of all the "junk" that goes with teaching and get excited if I get a flashdrive at a conference, or (one of my previous favorites) get to dissect a pig and then bring it home. Nothing is ever too small or insignificant for me to think it is wonderful. Well, last night I received the BEST teacher gift I have ever gotten (not counting the handwritten notes from parents and students). All the teachers who attended the opening ceremony for the Battle of the Brains competition received a new iPad Mini and a LEAP Motion. Burns and McDonnell sponsor the Battle of the Brains and are so invested in the future of our students; it was inspiring to hear the speeches and "feel" their love of teachers and commitment to helping us help our students.
Thank you Burns and McDonnell for letting me know that you appreciate me
Every day students ask questions for which they only want "the" answer. I struggle with time management a lot because I just can't give answers...I usually answer with a question to make my students think. It certainly takes more time, but I believe the results in the long run will lead to better students (maybe not for a few years...hahaha) and definitely better citizens.
Apparently it is not a natural ability to "think" and reason. Or, my own theory, is that we have "taught" thinking out of students by stressing "knowing" for our all-important tests and students believe there is no need to think because there is only one right answer, "so just give it to me."
So, part of my mission as a teacher is to "teach" students to think again by NOT giving answers to questions they can answer for themselves. I prefer to ask them questions that help lead them to THEM finding the answer for themselves. My expectations are HIGH, but my students can achieve them...especially if they "learn" to THINK.
Sometimes Monday just comes too soon. It seems there is never enough time to do everything I want. The quarter is coming to a close...so hard to believe that the school year is already almost one quarter done.
I'm always hopeful that my students will be as excited about learning new things as I am, but it doesn't happen as frequently as I would like. It won't stop me from praying for it and working for it.
I'm super excited about our Battle of the Brains team. I think we have a great group that wants to do well. What more can teacher ask? And the real dream is...wouldn't it be wonderful to win $50,000 for our school?
I have finally settled on some decisions and have started building the site. So far I like it a lot. I have a long way to go, but I have already posted the address and canceled my subscription to my previous website, so I am committed.
Weekends are never quite long enough...still have grading to finish, grades to post, and things to get packed and ready for the week. I am inspired by a pep talk from The Kid President. Here is the link so you can check it out, too. A Pep Talk for Teachers and Students.
So, today I am trying to build a new website. Since I've never blogged before, this part of the website will be a bit new for me. What does one say on a blog? I read many and they are so eloquent, informative or just plain fun. I hope mine fits somewhere in the midst of all of them.
I'm really struggling with putting the website together. I keep changing my mind and wondering if it looks right or sounds right. I can totally understand why, even though the technology is available to do it for yourself, someone would pay to have a website built and maintained. Oh the agony of decision making....