Monday, November 3, 2014

Attitude with Gratitude Catch-up Posts

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.  


  1. Going back to school is SUPER brave and you should be very proud!! Plus, I think it sends a fantastic message to students - that we should always be learning!

  2. Great catch-up! I feel for those kids you left behind after your student teaching was done. I had a supervising teacher who was similar; spirit-crushing, for sure. I think I need to switch the tea in my drawer out for chocolate, but if anyone offers it to me, I'm not saying no. Good call on the switch - I think you are in the right place.

  3. YAY!!! I really wanted to participate too but frankly I was afraid I wouldn't be able to keep up. Hmmm, maybe I'll try and catch up. I'm SO glad you decided to switch to teaching. I feel like I learn so much from you!! Thanks for blogging and sharing your ideas! :)