Teacher Meme


December 8th, 2009

This has been sitting in my inbox for a while. And since it’s 12:30 in the morning and I can’t sleep, I’ll play.

I am a good teacher because I hold my class to high expectations. Everyone can learn and everyone is expected to learn. Everyone in the class may not learn at the same rate or even learn the same concepts but I promise by the end of the school year everyone will have learned something.

If I weren’t a teacher, I would be a librarian. Specifically a Children’s Librarian in a public library. I love the idea of helping kids discover new worlds in books. And I love the smell of libraries.

My teaching style is just me. I can’t subscribe to one philosophy of teaching. I’ve got 20 students in my class that all learn and respond a different way. I need to do what works for each of them. I will say this. My co-teacher and I are the “mean” kindergarten teachers. We don’t fall for the crying your way out of it and we give the office and other teaching staff strict instructions not to baby our students. Because let me tell you, kindergarteners know how to work the system.

My classroom is loud. Well, what do you think happens when you put 16-20 5-year-olds in one room. It’s loud and to the untrained eye looks very chaotic but it’s organized chaos. I can get their attention at the drop of a hat. They know the rules and routines because of the consistency and are pretty much self-sufficent.

My lesson plans are hahahahahahaha. I have a general outline most the time I prefer to “wing-it”. I’ll have a great idea for a lesson plan, start to teach and a student will ask a question, which prompts another question and another and pretty soon my lesson on snow becomes a lesson on how the solar system works.

One of my teaching goals is to make sure every student in my class has a voice. I don’t want any student looking back and thinking they were never given a chance to share their ideas.

The toughest part of teaching is explaining to people why teaching kindergarten is not an easy job. If you think you can make it as a kindergarten teacher I will gladly let you come and teach my class for a day while I sit at my desk, smile and shake my head.

The thing I love most about teaching is summer vacation. You thought I was going to say my students, didn’t you? I do love my students. But just when you are completely fed up with your class and can’t take it anymore, summer vacation begins. And by the time it’s over I miss my classroom. I miss the kids and I want to be back.

The most important thing I’ve learned since I started teaching is First you work on classroom expectations, then you work on academics. Spend the first 3-6 weeks focusing only on behavior. Model everything. Work with your students to create expectations for the classroom. Build a community. Once that is established the academics come easy. You can now focus your energy on teaching and not worrying about who’s poking who with a pencil.


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