Respectfully Decline

Schools always want you to be a super teacher, which is not realistic. Learning to respectfully decline excess expectations is fair. Teachers feel a sense of guilt when they say that they cannot attend an extra event or offer more time to support students. Work can already be overwhelming, and additional requirements are physically and emotionally draining.

You are not obligated to attend every dance, spelling bee, and football game. Rather, find ways to increase engagement in your classroom. Ask yourself if the increasing obligations will help you become an effective teacher while staying at the school site long-term. If you are only going to stay two years because you are dedicating your life and soul to the job, which is exhausting, would it be better to skip the additional events so you are at the school longer? Then, if a student visits, they do not see a school filled with new faces. Longevity and stamina is key.


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Burn Out

They asked me to:
Come early
For our students,
Be present
For our students,
Plan lessons
For our students,
For our students,
Spend money
For our students,
Lunch tutoring
For our students,
Stay late
For our students,
Pause life
For our students.
Lose self,
Burn out,
Leave our students.
They found
Another new teacher
For our students
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Flooding Thoughts

A magnetic force fills my thoughts; a polar opposite field that draws me away from my desired ability to make a difference. My passion has not festered. Rather, I feel trapped within the confines of a rigid system that is not equitable.

The achievement gap continues to divide students, placing them into cookie-cutter classes based on their socioeconomic backgrounds that determine their fates. Education appears to be a dysfunctional system that plays the role of a superior spectacle that spews a false narrative of positive results.

However, although I may feel such disappointment in the system, I continue to strive towards change.

I want to be a part of the solution, rather than spewing disdain.

I am not perfect.

I am an educator, learner, and dreamer.

I am not only hoping and commenting from a distance.

I am working towards making a difference.


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The Struggle is a Real Beauty

The first day of teaching is known to be a scary phenomena for those embarking on their new journey into the profession. A first day’s impression has a tremendous impact on the student’s perception of the teacher.

Some suggest that teachers should keep a rigid face with no emotions in order to express a form of superiority complex over the students, while others may recommend playing games the entire class to build rapport. Everyone has their own system. The constant advice and feedback consuming new teachers leads to a plethora of choices. Deciding the best practices can be overwhelming. Take one step at a time.

Plan lessons carefully. Strategically sequenced and targeted lessons can increase engagement. Review the standards, write an objective, plan your exit ticket, and work backwards. Lesson planning effectively takes time, and practicing the skill will help. If possible, look at lessons that are rigorous, and set a high standard for students. The achievement gap is real! Ask yourself how you will get the students to meet those standards. Your students may not know the solution to the objective yet, and each student may have a different path, so plan carefully. You do not know their capabilities until you see them try with the proper tools. Avoid assuming that they cannot do something, rather figure out the process to get them to the desired goal.

Ask other teachers questions. Find people with a positive mindset to support and surround you. If there are toxic teachers, stay away! The poison can seep into your own mindset and consume you with disdain. Work with those who will always be solution-oriented. As for the negative ones who may leech onto you, respectfully remind them your reason for teaching. Always remember your passion!

In your class, focus on the positive rather than the negative. Many teachers call home when a student is not behaving or did not submit homework. Try calling home by sharing a story about a student who took a risk or a student who completed a challenging task. I would highly recommend positive phone calls for students who are not used to teachers sharing such comments. Show students you appreciate them with precise praise and feedback, so they will be more invested.

Do not fear correcting behavior. If a student is talking out of turn, you may let them know, but do not focus on arguing or draw attention. The correction should be quick and the least intrusive. Sometimes while teaching, even walking towards a student can be an indirect way to quiet them, or pointing out positive behaviors that may cause more students to follow the lead. By doing so, you can still teach. Sing praises when you can, appreciate students for taking risks, and be authentic with the positives and corrective behavior. Keep in mind, some students will express themselves in the way that they think you see them. See the good. Always see the good.

Consistency is beautiful. Planning your class rules, procedures, and placement in class will make the year much easier. Constant change can be overwhelming and lead to repetitive correction over the course of the year. We are creatures of habit, and students are bombarded with various expectations in their lifetimes, so minimizing change will lead to efficiency.

Classroom management is an art that takes time to develop. Numerous strokes of paint are constantly added to the canvas with various practices, risks, mistakes, and measures that lead to a personal piece that exemplifies our own vision of education that may not satisfy everyone. The display takes time to be appreciated, but it will grow in value as long as effort is invested into the art.

I know these are several spewed pieces of information. I hope it helps! Struggle can be beautiful, but not to the point where it is overwhelming. Please comment with advice you may have for those about to step into the threshold of their teacher’s journey. I wish you all a wonderful experience.


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Teaching is Learning

To be a teacher is to be a learner. We are hungry to grow in our field. Our desire to be educated does not change. I want to grow, just as I expect my students to improve. Being a voracious reader for knowledge. I am fascinated by the immense amount of knowledge in existence. Summer is here, so I will take the time to reflect and acquire new information to add to my repertoire.


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