I am feeling reflective this weekend, and I wanted to participate in Laura‘s amazing sentence starter activity.
- I am a good teacher because: I collaborate, and I have hobbies. I think it is so important to collaborate and share with other teachers, and I am happy to use their ideas as well. I also love getting feedback and have invited numerous teachers into my classroom. Also, I think it is so important to have hobbies and a life outside of the classroom. I make time to cook and go to yoga class. This helps me to be calmer in the classroom.
- If I weren’t a teacher, I would be: an art museum curator! I studied art history, and I loved it. I love being in museums and want to be a docent when I retire. I can’t wait for my son to go to art museums with me this summer- and in DC, they are all free!
- My teaching style is: varied. I like to use different activities and try different ones. While I start class the same way, each of my classes are different. I feel that this keeps the students and me interested. (You may be able to tell from my blog style!)
- My classroom is: a portable. (We call them learning cottages.) It is the nicest one that I have seen. I have lots of windows and control the heat/AC, but when it is freezing in the winter, I hate walking to it!
- My lesson plans are: always written down, but probably on a sticky note. I need to organize my system more, so I save time each year. But I like changing things up each time. (See question 3!)
- One of my teaching goals is: to continue to move away from the textbook. I am in a weird place now because I use the textbook, and my students have to buy it. I want to make it worth their money, but at the same time, I find myself moving farther away from it.
- The toughest part of teaching is: wanting to create, create, create but not always feeling creative- or not having the time. I love when I come up with a good story. I steal a lot of Martina’s stories. Sometimes I want to create a good story… and I just can’t. Or I keep trying to find inspiration… and it is time to go home. (And the after school meetings! Oh those meetings…)
- The thing I love most about teaching is: my students. I love watching them transform and learn throughout the year. Since I teach at a 2-12 school, it is wonderful to continue to see them throughout the following years. They make me laugh and keep me on my toes.
- A common misconception about (Spanish) teaching: is that you can give students SO MUCH material, and they will be able to retain it and use it well. I am looking at you ridiculously long vocabulary list! I want to prepare my students for the following year, but I also get frustrated because it is so much material to get through. (I stole the Spanish from Señor Fernie!)
- The most important thing that I have learned since I started teaching is: keep trying to improve a little every day. You don’t have to conquer the world (or the Spanish language), but try something new every day. This will help you improve as a teacher. (And know that some days, you just won’t- but the next day is a new day!) I feel that I have done this with speaking Spanish in the class. It was always one of my goals, and slowly but surely feel that I am increasing my time in the TL and how much my students understand.
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