Grading is definitely a part of teaching that I HATE HATE HATE. It seems like it is always building up, and I am constantly scrambling to keep up...So pretty pens (and sometimes stickers) are a must. :)
My desk buddies :)
3. Something or someone to, when you're about ready to quit, remind you why you first got into this profession in the first place.
Thanks to my *interesting* liberal arts education (insert joke about fake classes here), I have done a TON of reflecting about teaching, education, and why I wanted to get into teaching in the first place. Yeah, I was more than a little idealistic in those days, and more often than not, when I reread those things I want to vomit. BUT sometimes seeing that kind of thing is just what I need. While the reality of teaching is night and day from what I expected it to be when I was a bright eyed college student, the reasons I teach are no different. It's nice having that kind of reminder sometimes.
4. A snack drawer, heavy on the chocolate.
Chocolate covered espresso beans are a must. :)
5. A pair of comfortable shoes to keep in your classroom for those extra long days.
My mary jane crocs permanently live in my supply closet. I don't break them out very often, but honestly there are some days when I am so exhausted that even my feet cannot take it any more! Slip these babies on and suddenly I'm walking on
6. A good water bottle.
I carry one of my stainless steel water bottles around constantly at school. My kiddos love filling it up for me too--double win! I particularly love this one because the flowers make me smile. :)
7. A "happy" folder in your desk drawer to keep cute notes (and art!) from students, parents, and principal to look through when you need a confidence boost.
I know 1st grade teachers CONSTANTLY get artwork and love notes from their students, but it's a little rarer with the big kiddos, so every piece is special. I save the extra special ones and go through them when I need a little something to make me smile. My principal also occasionally leaves a note after observing, and I save all of those too to look back over...
8. A coffee shop within a 5 minute's drive of school that can be visited before school, after school, or immediately before a long staff development meeting...
There is a Starbucks literally 3 minutes from school. With a drive thru. It's become a major financial problem for me, actually...what can I say, I have very little will power when it comes to soy lattes...
9. A big, sturdy bag to tote all of your random crap around in.
It may not be cute, but it holds 2 teacher manuals, a mess of grading, and the hodge podge of grading pens, markers, paper clips, and post-its that litters the bottom at all times!
|Thank you Scholastic Books and your wonderful incentive programs...|
[Although it is not required, it helps if these sessions take place over wine. :)]
I cannot tell you how important this is. People who aren't teachers just don't always get what it is that we do, and how hard we work. (Ahem, you might already know my thoughts on this issue...) Sometimes it's just necessary to be around people who DO get it because they live it too. It also saves time on explaining acronyms! :) RTI, TRS, ISAT, MAP, AYP, you get the idea...Oh, and they are less likely to smack you when you bring up school for the hundredth billion time...
Me & Miss R, my wonderful teacher friend!
What am I missing? What else does every teacher need?
Missed one of my other "tips for teaching" posts?