This month I am joining fellow bloggers and @TeachThought for a November blogging challenge - Teaching Through an Attitude of Gratitude. Please click here if you would like to join in the reflection.
Since this is a catch-up post, I am writing three days worth today. They are short, but I am caught up! Hopefully this won't become a trend! I, like most of you, really do not have the time, but please check back Tuesday for my Slice of Life to read about why I decided to participate.
November 1 - What are the best aspects of being a teacher?
For me, the best aspect of being a teacher is the relationships with the students. When I was student teaching, I wondered if my supervising teacher even liked kids. To be in that environment for eight weeks was difficult. I learned then, that creating those relationships was important to not only having a successful classroom but also to being a happy teacher. My students make me laugh, make me cry, make me think, and make me happy.
I was asked a similar question during an interview and my answer was, "The kids, of course!" I am convinced that answer helped me get the job.
November 2 - What is one small delight in the day that you always look forward to?
My small delight at school is my third period dark chocolate M&M's. That is my prep period and I keep a bag in my desk drawer. It is that perfect pick-me-up!
My small delight at home is my time spent reading in the tub! My "bath time" has been sacred since my kids were little...and they are 22 and 18. That's a lot of bubbles.
November 3 - What are you most proud of to date in your teaching career?
Actually becoming a teacher is what am most proud of. I returned to school at the age of 40. Prior to that I was a retail district manager and a stay-at-home mom. The decision to return to school was not an easy one, but one I have never regretted. Sitting in a classroom with 20 year olds was not easy either, but so much fun!
That decision has led me down a wonderful path. I never imagined I would be where I am today, challenging myself to reach higher and dream bigger.