Friday, September 9, 2011

Another Top Ten List...

I don't have a choice about writing this top ten list.  I have to write it, or I will go insane with negative thoughts.  It's like therapy.

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being a Teacher
  1. Kids in the primary elementary grades are just cuties. They do and say some really adorable stuff, and they love me just because I am their teacher.  They love my picture of Diego that's sitting on my desk, they love my shirt, they love my hair, they love my lanyard that holds my badge...they love it all.  And they never stop telling me.
  2. I don't have to sit in a cubicle all day.
  3. I feel like I have more of a chance to get excited about things, like the approach of autumn, because I have to plan ways to get my students excited.
  4. It feels good to make a difference, even when we're just celebrating a minor gain.
  5. I seriously enjoy sharing my love of reading with emergent readers.
  6. Many components of my job change from year to year, mainly the students that I work with and sometimes the grade level.  It definitely never gets boring!
  7. There is always more to learn when it comes to pedagogy and best practice.  It's interesting to put new learning into action and observe how it affects children.
  8. It's fun to be the boss of your own classroom, but it's even more fun helping kids become independent enough to take some of the decision making into their own hands.
  9. Parents can be really appreciative when you go above and beyond for their children.  I didn't say all parents, but most.  And it feels good when they recognize that you love their child, too.
  10. Do I have to even say it? Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, Summer Break, and all the little days off in between!
Okay, I feel a little better now.  Let's hope this weekend is restful and relaxing!


  1. Aww, this list almost made me miss teaching!
    Also add to this list that you are a really, really great and dedicated teacher and you teach your students so many important things academically and socially (like how to apologize - that will help them forever!!). I am so proud of you for being a good teacher and making the world a better place!

  2. Awww thanks Alli! That's really sweet. I just had to do the apology lesson with two boys yesterday. They were made at each other because one was getting in the other's face and the other called him gay. Great. It worked though, because I saw that they were trying not to laugh when I made them look at each other, smile, and shake hands. Then they walked off together and I heard one timidly ask, "Cops and robbers?" and the other one said, "Sure!" and they ran off together. So cute.

  3. These are all reasons why I find it easy to get out of bed and go to work (most days).

  4. #2 made me sad because that is my life...ugh

    It's always great to see a teacher that loves what they are doing, I wish all my son's teachers were like that

  5. It sounds like you are an amazing teacher! I totally love this list, especially #4! I teach in an Alternative HS, and I have learned to embrace the minor gains I make each day.