This semester has been one of the most exciting, and reaffirming, challenges!
This semester we have grown, learned, failed, succeed, and laughed together. From Escape Rooms to Empire Explorations to Jig Saws, we have made learning FUN again. My first semester of teaching has been an absolute blast and each day I learn something new about myself, my students, and how I can be a better educator for them. Each day, I get to stand up in front of the some of the kindest, most intelligent, and funniest people who put a big smile on my face and have an opportunity to learn along side them. I am so excited for next semester and all the lessons we will have together!
My favorite part of teaching is creating memorable lessons that transcend the classroom and empower students to be catalysts in their own lives. I believe in making school fun, relevant, and a place of emotional and intellectual growth. I can’t wait to learn more and I’m even MORE excited for my own classroom!
As a student, I made mistakes. I failed. I didn’t know the answer to something.
As a teacher, I have made mistakes. I have had lessons fail. I didn’t know the answer to something.
And that’s okay. We must show ourselves, and our students, grace. We are all learning together and each of us has our own imperfections.
As a student, I have grown. I have succeed. I have been able to connect various concepts and see how they apply to the wonderful world around us.
As a teacher, I have grown. I have succeeded. I have been able to connect lessons and concepts and give school a purpose so we can understand how to be catalysts for change.
And that’s okay. We must show ourselves, and our students, grace. We are all learning together and each of us has our own strengths to which we can use to make the world a better place.
When I reflect on what it means to be a good teacher, I think about those who showed grace, taught beyond the content, and valued my opinions.
Teaching is one of my greatest passions. I love creating curriculum, designing memorable lessons, and watching as they grow intellectually and emotionally. In July, I spontaneously applied for a masters program and a teacher certification program - and it was the greatest decision ever. I’m half way done with my masters and half way done with my certification and I love having these kiddos to hang out with everyday.
Recently someone asked me what my student teaching is like and why I teach so many lessons. The incredible thing I love about my teacher education program is that I am in the classroom 3 days a week solo teaching. I each only on Even Class Days and get to work with some pretty amazing students for the entire school year. Gaining this much solo teaching experience has truly helped me hone my craft and become a better teacher for them!