The theme for today on Blog Hoppin' is Teacher advice.
The best piece of advice I can give is NEVER stop learning. Two of my favorite books are by Debbie Miller. When you read her books it feels like you are chatting with a friend. A very knowledgeable friend. I love these books so much! My copies are dog-eared, hi-lighted and tattered.
Chapter 3 of Teaching with Intention starts with this insight from Debbie Miller,
"I believe that classroom environments are the most effective when they are literate and purposeful, organized and accessible, and, most of all, authentic."
That is so TRUE!!! Don't rush out and spend money on premade bulletin boards and charts for your classroom. Your walls should be covered with student work and charts that were made with them to anchor the learning.
Another piece of advice is this.... If you need help ask for it and if you see someone who needs help give it!We have the wonderful opportunity to help not only our students but each other.
Smile even if you don't feel like it.
Look for the positive in every situation.
One of my friends recently posted on facebook that she was having a terrible day.
She posted that it was only 9 a.m. and she had already spilled coffee on her shirt, been late to work
and ran over a squirrel! My comment back? Just be thankful that you weren't the squirrel!
Can I get an Amen? :)