I've been thinking a lot about education lately. I mean A LOT. After a recent seminar, Betty's Brain Blender has been on High Speed Frappe thinking of ideas I can use in my classroom next semester.
I am one lucky gal. I love what I do and I get to be creative in my classroom while teaching people real, valuable skills they will use throughout their lives.
This past semester one of my students told me I was the "real deal" when it came to being a teacher and one student wrote on my evaluation that I was "Bad-Ass." (I consider this the highest compliment.) My goal is to get better and better as a teacher every semester, so I am constantly thinking about what I can do to improve.
Naturally, I've been influenced by past teachers I've had. Oh there were a few who merely went through the motion of teaching; I could tell they were just marking time. However, those others, the ones who convinced me that I could do whatever I put my mind to, who provided opportunities for me to gain confidence, these were the people made an incredible impression on me.
Can you name your first six teachers? Chances are you can.
I've been thinking about mine lately and reflecting on the time I spent in their classrooms. I realize now I learned a lot about teaching from these people, both good and bad. Over the next few days I'll be revisiting those small classrooms and those teachers.
The school bus will come bright and early in the morning, so get a good night's rest and lay out your clothes.
See you then!