I was inspired to take on this challenge from Anthony Purcell at Random Teacher Thoughts after reading several blogger responses to it. Then Jennifer Ellis from The Tempered Teacher issued the challenge to me as I was in the middle of writing it. Definitely the push I needed to finish and hit the publish button.
What has been your ONE biggest struggle during this school year?
1. Balancing school and home life can be difficult. All teachers go through this. I do a pretty good job of going to special events for my boys, but I’m guilty of bringing work home with me. I’m also guilty of the occasional Saturday conference/workshop…and workshops during the summer…and working two side jobs to help pay for band expenses for my boys. Yep, it’s a struggle.
Share TWO accomplishments that you are proud of from this school year.
1. I went to a couple of great math workshops this summer. I’ve been implementing a lot of what I learned in those workshops this year. I’m seeing such an improvement in their understanding and enthusiasm for math.
2. I’ve been using a math journal with my students this year. They really enjoy using it. I tried it last year, but gave up on it about half way through the year. I’m glad I gave it another try this year. I think it’s paying off for my students.
What are THREE things that you wish to accomplish before the end of the school year?
1. DEAR LORD, I NEED TO GET ORGANIZED! Something I struggle with is keeping things orderly. I start the school year off fairly well, then my desk becomes a dumping ground for papers to deal with later. I’ve got my students convinced there is a Kraken living in my desk under the piles of papers.
2. Blog more, and feel more comfortable with it. I’m a very private person, but I feel this is a good way to push myself to be more reflective on my teaching.
3. While I want my students to all do well and pass the 3rd grade reading and math tests, I don’t want that to be the only thing they take away from being in our classroom this year. I want them to be willing to ask questions and not just accept answers given them. I want them to not be afraid to fail, and if they do fall short, to get back up and keep trying. I want them to love learning.
Give FOUR reasons why you remain in education in today’s rough culture.
2. I’ve never wanted to do anything else. I just love teaching.
3. I’m surprisingly stubborn.
4. I’m determined to make a difference despite all the crap that is thrown my way.
Which FIVE people do you hope will take the challenge of answering these questions?
1. Michelle Waters from Mrs. Waters’ English @watersenglish
2. Annette Huett @huett_annette
3. Carrie Akins @cakins0101
4. My teammates
5. New teachers