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I'm a teacher.
This is my 23rd year in the classroom, not including all the years I've spent as a student. I think I've only been out of the school setting for 4 years of my ENTIRE life. That's crazy.
Last week, I ran into a former student in the main office. She's now 31. My mom pointed out that that was the age I was when she was my student. She has a 10 year old kid. I think that makes me the kid's grandma.
As a special education teacher, I go into regular education classrooms to support the special education students and the teacher. Over the years, this has given me the chance to work with dozens and dozens of teachers in all subject areas. I've learned something from each teacher I've worked with, and am so indebted to many of them. They shaped my teaching and inspired me.
Today, I will share two of my favorite quotes from two of those teachers.
Not only was he a good teacher, but his classroom always had a really great vibe.
Here is his inspiring quote:
"Your students might not remember what you taught them, but they will remember how you made them feel."
Really, this can apply to any situation, not just the classroom. Shouldn't we always try and create an environment where everyone feels loved and respected? I try my best everyday to make my students feel valued and important and loved.
Some days it is not so easy.
This leads me to my next quote from an English teacher on the verge of retirement. In fact, I never really worked with her, I just used her classroom for one period a day in my very early years of teaching.
This is tough, tough advice....but I can hear that teacher in my head whenever I have a student who is not so easy to love. One must always remember that we don't know what is really going on in someone's life. They are probably acting a certain way for a reason. A little bit of kindness can go a long way. So, if someone isn't being nice to you, be nice to them anyway.
I run into that teacher at my farm stand every once in awhile. Next time, I really should tell her how that one statement has shaped my teaching.
I will forever be grateful for all the teachers who gave me practical and useful and FREE advice. I'm also indebted to the teachers I worked with who weren't so inspiring. They taught me what doesn't work! Which really is just as important.
As you can see in this old video, my teaching skills always need to be honed.
back to school from Sara on Vimeo.
We're supposed to nominate three other people for the challenge. But, I'll just open it up to anyone who wants to play.