20 August 2007

Memes and Things

Epic Adventures are Often Uncomfortable---a most apt name for an edublog, don't you think---has tagged me for the meme du jour. What's not to love about a meme for teachers? And who would I be to refuse the offer to play? I'm not dead yet. :)

So, here we go...
  • I am a good teacher because...I honestly believe that what happens in a classroom is about every kid, every day. I'm not there to pick up a paycheck or count off the days until retirement. I thrive on the creativity and the change.
  • If I weren't a teacher, I would be a...forensic anthropologist. Well, that's what I think I would do. :) The more I read about that career, the more it interests me.
  • My teaching style is...to stay involved. I like to circulate and sit in with different groups. I like to tell stories during the times I lecture. I enjoy getting to know students as individuals.
  • My classroom is...organized. LOL Okay, so I'm a bit anal-retentive about things. I don't like clutter or mess. I do, however, believe in having student work up on the walls and easy access to important information for students.
  • My lesson plans are...fluid. I tend to look at whole units at a time and then work backwards to determine what the major targets of each day should be in order to pull things together. However, I often have to make revisions along the way as I get input from kids and adjust to any unscheduled events.
  • One of my teaching goals is...to help see kids see science in their everyday world---to really connect and understand with this relevant topic.
  • The toughest part of teaching is...figuring out how to get a kid who has turned off from school and learning to reconnect. All too often, the reasons for their shutting down are more heartbreaking than the fact that they've abandoned engagement with the classroom.
  • The thing I love about teaching is...being with kids. I really do enjoy watching them develop over the year...and beyond. Their youthful enthusiasm and exuberance keeps me motivated (and exhausted, at times).
  • A common misconception about teaching is...it's easy. You just open the book and follow the plan, right? I don't think the general public realizes just how much of a diagnostician an effective teacher must be...how much knowledge and expertise must be applied to move students forward.
  • The most important thing I've learned since I started teaching is...to be good to myself so that I can give the most I can to my students. Teachers must remember to be whole people in order to model that for kids. As a professional, of course I give the most to the classroom. But I am more than "just a teacher" and need to nurture that.
Do you want to play? It's still summer and there's lots of daylight left. Grab this meme and run with it!


Hugh O'Donnell said...

You rock, SG! And think what you'll be able to accomplish with ten more years of experience.

The Science Goddess said...

Changing the world...one teacher at a time. :)

Dr Pezz said...

My favorite comment you made was about working backwards when creating daily learning targets.

I advocate for using assessment as the guide for teaching in my department. Knowing what the end products are provides the blueprints for how to accomplish our goals.

Great job!