Nov 21 List a book you are thankful to have read and how it has inspired you to be better at what you do.
I really liked the Book Whisperer and gives a lot of really good real life examples or situations that we as teachers come across in our everyday teaching life. It’s emphasis on the importance of reading and becoming a lifelong reader is so important.
Another book I really like and use is called Day to Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop by Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak. It’s a practical book that helps to organize the reading workshop and organize student data, reading conferences etc…
Nov 20 What is one life lesson that you are thankful for having learned?
A life lesson that I’m thankful I’ve learned is to not take myself too seriously. As I’ve grown and matured and added years to my teaching experience, I’ve learned to not take myself too seriously. This is something I think that does come with age and experience. I’m not really sure who taught me this lesson, or I just learned it over time, but having a more laissez faire attitude suits me just fine and keeps me in a good place, mentally and emotionally.
Nov 19 Tell someone you know how grateful you are for the work they do. Share your story here.
So today it was on my mind all day to tell someone that I am grateful for them. You know when you have one of those days when things are so busy and it’s easy to let things slip or you just don’t have the time. Well that happened today. But I’m glad I didn’t let it go, I actually found the time at the end of the day and I told my colleague who is also my teaching partner that I am grateful for her and the work she does. She was totally taken aback when I said this, as it kind of came out of the blue, but at the same time a huge smile spread across her face. It was so nice watching her expression and her reaction. It felt really good saying those words and of course meaning them from the heart. I’m really glad that I did it, and as good as it made her feel, it made me feel great too. We should definitely be doing this more often. It’s like a drop in someone’s bucket, it just makes us feel good.
Nov 18 What do you appreciate about your colleagues?
I absolutely love my colleagues!!! Well, most of them. I am so lucky to have great colleagues that I get to work with. I appreciate their friendship, their laughter, their time, their patience, their candor and their honesty. I appreciate that I can just be me with my colleagues. Most of them I have known for more than 14 years, a few I have only just been working with for a few years, no matter how long it’s been, I feel truly blessed that I lucked into a great bunch of teachers (on the whole) who I get to work with on a daily basis. To be quiet honest it is my colleagues that basically have kept me at my school for as long as I’ve been there. I feel that if you leave a school, students are students and you make your classroom your own, but colleagues are the one factor that you don’t really have control over, and when you find a great bunch to work with, it’s a hard thing to leave behind.
Nov 17 One thing that is different from a year ago that I am grateful for…
…..is that I feel like I know what I’m doing and I’m confident in the way that I am doing it!! Last year was my first year back in grade 3 after being in the Junior grades for the past 5 years. So I am grateful that I have a year under my belt and know where I am and where I have to get my students. Last year I relied a lot on my teaching partner and even though we still bounce ideas off of each other and basically are working on the same things at the same time, this year, we tend to be on slightly different timelines just because of our students. So I am grateful that this year I can more or less stand on my own and feel good about what I’m doing.
Nov 16 What is the most powerful aspect of being a connected educator? What are you grateful for?
I think the most powerful aspect of being a connected educator is that you get to be part of a larger group of talented and inspiring educators especially when it comes to being connected through social media like twitter, pinterest and teaching blogs. Sometimes teaching can feel isolating and being connected to other teachers, their ideas, their comments, their messages can be powerful. I’m grateful that there are teachers out their who enjoy sharing and connecting with other teachers. I’m grateful that there seems to be this momentum that has been ignited by social media and teachers are becoming more connected not only with each other but with their own best practices. I’m grateful that I get to read and be inspired by so many amazing teachers and their amazing ideas.
Nov 15 What tech tools are you most grateful for? Why? How have they changed what you do?
I’m most grateful for twitter, pinterest, and the many teaching blogs that I follow. I am very grateful for the inspiration social media is able to provide. It is always amazing to read, see and learn about what other teachers are doing in their classrooms.
In the classroom, I am grateful for my SmartBoard and my document camera. It’s made my teaching more interactive, it’s allowed my students to share their work in a better and more meaningful way.
Nov 14 5 things you are grateful to have learned in your teaching career
1. flexibility: the ability to go with the flow, there are things that are beyond our control that crop up each day and the ability to have a good attitude about it and just go with it is something I’m grateful for.
2. to not take things too seriously: I think when I was a younger teacher I took things way to seriously, and personally. Now, I feel in the last few years, I’ve come into my own and know when to take things seriously, but on the whole, I try to not take things too seriously and figure that things will get done when they get done and I’m okay with that.
3. to have a sense of humour: my school day is way more interesting and fun when we laugh as a class.
4.Looking at the little things: I think its important to take a moment, when you can appreciate the little things that happen during the day. It could be something your students did, or a colleague, it could be how a lesson went. It’s a simple thing, but powerful
5. To focus on the good: what’s going right, instead of what’s wrong!!! That is my new lesson that I am trying to embed into my day. Focus on the good in my life, focus on the good that my students produce, just focus on the good!!
Nov 13 What do you do to take time out for yourself?
Time to myself consists of catching up on my favourite tv shows on the weekend, reading for sure and catching up with friends for dinner or a movie. It’s important to sometimes remember to actually take the time to step away from work and do something for yourself. Our time is so valuable and we give so much of ourselves to our work. Taking time away from work and doing something that makes us happy is important to our overall happiness.
Nov 11 What is the most important ‘lesson’ you want to teach your students?
The most important lesson that I want to teach my students is to believe in themselves and to know that they are enough just the way they are. Instilling confidence and letting them know that I believe in them is really important to me. At the tender age of 8, most of them have tons of confidence, but are those who have a bit of self doubt in them, and I feel like it’s my job to teach them how to believe in themselves and to remind them that they have it within themselves, they might just have to work a bit harder and pull it out of them. Whether it’s teaching grade 3 or grade 5, that’s always been my motto and I hope those lessons are slowly percolating in my students minds. Here’s hoping!!!