Archive for April, 2014

I’m Back!

This blog was neglected 3 years ago when I changed teaching jobs.  I was spending my time learning a new school, new classes, and a new town.  I’m sorry blog.  I want you back.  I need to get back to blogging in order to help me reflect on my teaching.  Here goes!


 

I am currently sitting at the NETA session reflecting on all the GREAT information and ideas I’ve been exposed to over the last day and a half, and realized: What a perfect time to re-vamp my educational blogging.

The Keynote speakers at NETA this year were perfect.  They were exactly what I needed for my own morale, as a teacher, and just as a person – a friend, a wife, a mother. Thank you @AngelaMaiers for reminding me that my students, my children, my friends, my colleagues all are genius.  We all have something important to contribute, and the world needs us to contribute .  Then, @shareski, the Keynote speaker today gave me just what I needed – permission to let my students have joy in learning.  Joy is important.  I spend a lot of time fretting about the principal or the superintendent coming into my room, not seeing the students sitting quietly in perfect rows, and thinking that I am not doing a good job.  I like when the kids are laughing, talking, and moving while learning. But I worry that my administrator my not be on board with this….@shareski helped to release me from this fear.  It’s good for students to experience joy while learning. His final comment to us, also struck me: “adults need to have fun so that kids want to grow up.”

I must admit, I shed a few tears. Both days.  @AngelaMaiers reminded us that children are born knowing they are genius. They love to share their genius with the world.  They are enthusiastic about it.  She said by the time children reach 2nd grade they start to doubt their genius. By the time they are in fourth grade, they no longer think they are genius and no longer want to share what they know with the world.  Then, @shareski delivers similar statistics about joy in children.  He said the average 4 year old laughs 300 times per day while the average 40 year old laughs 4 times per day.  How sad. I want my kids to love school.  I want them to love learning. I want to see the joy in their life.  This was emotional for me because I see the joy and the genius in my 3 year old, Ethan, and in my 1 year old, Drake.  I can’t imagine them losing this joy and this love of life.  Scary. Sad. I know my role in this is to let them experience joy, and show their genius each day.  Let them know how fun, how smart, and how cool they are! The hard part is the days that I am tired. And grumpy.  My goal is to continue experiencing joy with Ethan and Drake through the hard days.

At school I will work to let each student know they are important to me and to our class.  We need them there each day.  They have something to give back to the class.  I’m not sure what my plan is for this but here are some thoughts:
telling them I’m glad they’re there.
Thanking them for being my students at the end of this year. For the work they have put into class. For letting me get to know them

I know I need more for this.. I will brainstorm over the summer.

Some thoughts for bringing joy to my students’ day:
Music
personal stories, both ways
sharing pictures
twitter – tweet about projects, other things in class

Well. I still have half a day of the NETA conference left – off to learn more!

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