21 July 2013

10 Things I Have Learned From Teaching

I am linking up Miss Kindergarten for her 10 Things I Have Learned From Teaching linky party!  


1.  The first thing I have learned {and it has never failed me} is that a lesson with some type of food will always get a better response.  Whether that food is candy, cupcakes, fruit, or what have you kids always respond to food.

2.  At least once a week someone will get their feelings hurt.  What seems so small and petty to us, is a big deal to a 7 year old.  This is why lots of hugs are required at the elementary level.

3. This is a biggie:  The third thing I learned is no matter how long I spend planning a lesson I always at some point have to improvise.   My improvising may be something as small as the way the groups were arranged or something big.  No matter how I plan a lesson, afterwards I am always amazed at the ideas I come up with to do it better next time.

4. The fourth thing I have learned from teaching how to soothe hurt feelings, make a boo-boo feel better, and put a smile on a child's face.

5. The fifth thing I have learned from teaching is to never get to comfortable with a reading or math series or the way paper work should be turned in. There will always be changes.  The change may happen the following year or may a few down the road, but change is inevitable.   A teacher has to be able to go with the flow!!!

6.  The sixth thing I have learned is that teachers are irreplaceable.  You don't always know how much you can touch a child's life.  A few years ago I received a letter in my mailbox from a former student who was graduating college.  In the letter she told me how much I had influenced her and how she would always remember her seventh grade teacher {I taught middle school before I switched to elementary}.  That letter touched my heart, because I had know idea that she had felt that way. Needless to say I am hanging on to that letter for life!

7.  The seventh thing teaching has taught me is to SMILE even when I am frustrated or feeling aggravated about something.  Some of my classes have even told me in the past that I smile a lot.   I just say it is because I am so happy all the time.  I never let on it is my secret to staying calm.  I find that if I seem ok with a situation then the kids will be ok to.

8.  The eighth thing I have learned from teaching is to ask for help when needed.  I have worked with some pretty awesome ladies and gentlemen in my 13 years of teaching.   I have learned that two heads are better than one and that a team that works together stays together.

9.  The ninth thing I have learned from teaching is to make some really awesome cootie catchers {or any crafts for that matter}.  I call them cootie catchers but others call them fortune tellers.   Kids have been making this little paper gadgets since paper was probably invented.  I made them when I was in elementary school and every year I have students who try to sneak and make them in class.   I have even seen them used to teach basic math problems.  Who said kids ideas couldn't be fun????

10.  The last thing I have learned from teaching is Patience.   I think this is the most important of all because not only have I learned this through teaching but it has carried over to my own kids.   If I am calm and patient then my class will also be calm and patient.   I believe patience is a virtue!!!!!

These are the top 10 things I have learned from teaching and I am sure the list could go on and on!!!  That is what I love about teaching:  not only am I teaching young children something new, but they teach me as well!!!  Thanks for taking a peek! I can't wait to read your top 10!!!

18 comments:

  1. Great list! I love your number 3!

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  2. Thanks for stopping by - Number 3 is so true!!!

    Jamie

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  3. Hi Jamie.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    I enjoyed reading your list. Yes and yes to number 5. Flexibility with series is key.
    You look as though you are off to a great start with your blogging adventure.
    Best of luck!

    School Is a Happy Place

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  4. Jamie - Love your list. Food will get them every time. I use "cootie catchers" also. The only problem...once I show them how to make them, I cannot get them to stop!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog http://spunkysprogs.blogspot.com/
    I'm new to the blogging world, so it was fun to get your comment.

    Happy "Back to School" - Felicia

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    1. Thanks - I hope you have a great start too!!!!
      Jamie

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  5. my comments aren't staying here :(

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  6. Okay so now they are staying I will try again!

    I totally agree with teachers being irreplaceable. I remember fondly my 7th grade teacher and she was hugely inspiring to me. My high school history teacher also made me see that I was/am way more capable than I gave myself credit for.

    Erin
    The E-Z Class

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!! I am so glad the comment thing worked itself out!!

      Jamie

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  7. Love your blog design! I'm a daisy lover...so much I have 3 tattooed on my foot!
    Food works for sure... UNTIL IT'S BANNED in school!!! GRRRR. but i don't follow all the rules...so i still use food...shhhhhhhh.
    You are right about improvising!
    Thank you for coming by my blog and I am now your newest follower!
    "autumn"

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    1. I appreciate it so much. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
      Jamie

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  8. These are great responses Jamie and I agreed with ALL of them!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to check them out!!

      Jamie

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  9. I just found your blog through your comment on Autumn's blog ^^^ and am your latest follower

    This is all great advice! I really like the smile advice!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes and Mayhem

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    1. Oh, thank you so much. You are so sweet. I will be sure to go and follow you blog. Thanks for stopping by.

      Jamie

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  10. I love your list. I try to teach with food at least once a week- the kids love it. Also kids feelings getting hurt, is so up my alley with Kindergarteners. That's a mini lesson in its own to teach them how to work through those feelings. Keep sharing, love your blog

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    1. Even second graders need a lesson on feelings. I appreciate you stopping by!!!!

      Jamie

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  11. Number one is absolutely true!!! Works every time! I love your list! The letters from old students mean so much to me and I will keep them forever! I hope you'll stop over and read my top Ten for a giggle!

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