Sunday, October 30, 2016

Living the Dream

When I used to dream about the future as a child, I was always in front of a classroom.  Every image of myself was teaching little kids.  I played school every day.  I dreamed of grading papers and decorating classrooms.  (I now have nightmares about grading papers and decorating, but that's a story for a different day!)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Just Some Words

*This is not a political post.  I'm an advocate for children, not political parties!

Recently we are hearing a great deal about the value of words.  It confuses me that so many people are ready to verbally attack others and then say that words don't matter.  To me, it's like a free pass to be a jerk because words aren't important anyway.  When did this happen? When did we decide that words don't matter?

Everything I say every day goes into the ears of young people that think I know everything.  (Not even close, Folks!) Words do have power.  I know that I have control over my response to negative words.  I can choose to not be upset and realize that people are just mean and that's their problem.  If I've learned anything from Oprah, it's that I am not the problem when someone says mean things, it's the person saying mean things.  I don't have to give power to those words.  But try to teach that to young, impressionable children.  It's not easy.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Learning Isn't Just For Kids

Teachers teach more than just reading, writing and arithmetic these days.  We also are required to teach students how to be good, productive members of society.  That's a job that we take very seriously.  We implement character education programs into our days.  When I first began teaching, character education was not really part of the curriculum.  We just told students to stop doing whatever they were doing if it was wrong, and they knew their parents would say the same.  Now, we know that not all the students are hearing it at home so we need to reinforce good character traits at school.  In the process, students sometimes teach us more than we teach them.