Thursday, July 30, 2015

Turn Beliefs into Actions

I'm linking up with With Love from Texas for a blog hop challenge--Turning Beliefs into Actions! The idea is to reflect on our beliefs as teachers and to make sure they are put into action this coming school year.


I've been teaching for 11 years and each year I reflect on what went well and things I need to change. Doing this has helped me to figure out what I want to continue to work on, what needs to go, and what I can do better in my classroom.


So let me explain. . .
  • I truly believe teachers should keep learning. I've said it before and I'll say it again and again and again!
  • A classroom should be a safe place. My greatest accomplishment is when my quietest (usually little girl) student feels comfortable enough to raise her (or his) hand in class.
  • Kids need to work independently. They need to learn to figure things out for themselves.
  • Learning should be fun, period. What adult wants to sit in a boring meeting just listening to somebody talk for hours? Not me. Now think about a child having to do that. Not fun. And no learning is taking place. Why waste your time? Make lessons engaging, hands-on, and meaningful.
  • OK, so when I first started becoming familiar with the Common Core, I thought some of the new standards would be too tough. But, to my surprise, my students rose to the occasion. I was so impressed to hear them determining the moral of a story. I was like, "What? I have genius kids!" Set a high bar and students will work to reach it. 
  • Each child has a story. Get to know their stories.
  • Have patience, they're only 7. 
I believe reflection is the key to success in any part of a person's life. Teaching is no different.

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