We ARE ALL teachers

I am stealing this blog post title from  @gcouros The Principal of Change.

I had so much time to myself this week because we had a Teacher Institute Day on Monday and then only one actual FULL school day on Friday because of the Big Bad Blizzard of 2011. What a week!  One full day of school? I LOVED all this time to be stuck in my house, completing house projects I’ve been meaning to complete for YEARS and so much time to learn from my PLN and all the sharing of resources and ideas that come to me via Twitter and all these amazing blogs I subscribe to now!  But it made me realize something…

All (well, most…the majority) of my great “learning” moments that I like to post here to my blog come from MY STUDENTS!  They are the ones that inspire me daily moment by moment, sometimes so much that I have to choose what I might write a post about.  I was only around them for one half day and then one full day this week and I found that I had so much less to say.  At first I thought it was sad.  What happened to me?  When I began this blog just recently I had so much to say…..hmmmm…..I was disappointed in myself.  But then after reading @gcouros blog post I felt so differently.

Here is the message that stuck with me the most, he writes, “Here is the bottom line for me.  We are all teachers.  We care about ALL kids, not just our own students.  Some of my best interactions this past weekend were with students from SLA.  Sometimes I believe that kids do more for us as educators than we do for them; they are great to be around.

This is so meaningful for me.  I believe it to be so meaningful for all of us as we all become so connected.  Thank you for your post @gcouros!  I had a great week of learning on my own, but the realization that being around my students and learning along with them is what seems most inspirational and feels so good to me. 

One last note, I sadly still watch Greys’s Anatomy (I say sadly because it is such a silly Soap Opera with not much reality to it at all).  But tonight I was impressed and happy to still be watching it. I watched last Thursday’s episode on DVR and EVEN Grey’s Anatomy promotes the IMPORTANCE and BENEFIT of Twitter as a way to connect professionally to help each other learn.  It is so important to be connected to others in order to learn.  I realized this being away from my students this week, and I realize it daily reading tweets and blogs.  If you haven’t seen last Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, watch a bit here and see the benefits of TWITTER in action! They save a man’s life because of it! It is just a five minute clip (with advertisements beforehand of course) but explains the benefits and growth we can all experience quite well!

http://www.hulu.com/embed/MRqXbgGHSzH1Jr01Uhv6cw/1596/1951


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Here I am!

There are days when I feel like I have the best job in the world and then, like every one else, there are days when I feel the exact opposite. Today was one of those days when I felt like my job could not get any better. It began with letting the 1st-4th graders into the school building and supervising them inside the hallway doors (too cold to stand outside) until the bell rang. Just watching them interact with one another gets my day started off right! They are so full of energy and goodness. They are so eager to be at school and around each other. They teach me so much in just their very simple being-ness. Their smiles and innocence. Their playfulness and willingness. They are just simply being and that becomes more difficult for us adults if you think too much like I do sometimes. They are my constant reminder to just be. I am so lucky.

I teach Kindergarten through 8th grade and get to spend time each day with children ranging from ages five to fourteen. They all have so much to offer and so much to teach me.

The other day one of my second graders (who is not like one of my rock star students who loves learning…yes I have those type of kids) said, “Señora B, are we going to learn any new words today?” I told him no and he seemed so disappointed. I was surprised because he doesn’t usually seem like he is that engrossed in Spanish class. I told him I was going to read them one of my favorite books today SkippyJon Jones because we are learning the words, book, write and read in Spanish. He raised his hand AGAIN with such excitement saying, “Señora B, you said we weren’t going to learn any new words today.” I told him, I know. He raised his hand again and was so pumped telling me, “But you just taught us a new word!!!” I said, “What? I did?” He was overjoyed to tell me that I had just taught them the word for FAVORITE in Spanish. I asked, “Well, when?” He said, “Just now, you just taught it to us.” And then he perfectly pronounced the word “favorito” in Spanish.

I had told them in Spanish the name of “mi libro favorito” and he was so excited to learn that word favorito. It was so great to see him so pumped about a new Spanish word, but it caught me off guard because I had not intentionally taught my twenty-two second graders any thing at all. They are just little sponges and so excited to learn any thing that I offer up to them!

This is why I teach! This is why I am here! This is why I am writing this blog to express my appreciation, my gratitude and my constant bewilderment and enjoyment in this world where I exist to teach and learn from others (big and small) along the way!