Things I never knew . . .

Installment #11:

Five things I never knew . . . until I became a teacher:

  • crayon sets come in a whole lot of options (8, 12, 16, 24, 36, 48, 72, 1000)
  • crayon brands don’t matter that much
  • crayon sharpeners are a joke
  • crayons can be hidden, lost, and found basically anywhere
  • once opened a crayon box is never able to close again–not properly, not easily

Why do I teach?

Installment #6:

I teach for the steps.

This is silly, selfish, and not entirely true when I started teaching, but teaching is active; so, now I say I teach for the steps.

I have done the office job and I have been in a classroom. Classrooms create plenty of opportunity to burn calories. Sure, my candy drawer also gets used more, so I am consuming more calories. Nevertheless, a classroom position is an active role.

I walk as I teach. I walk from student to student. I walk from desk to desk. I stand up, I sit down, I stand up, I sit down. I sprint to the bathroom and back. I take kids out to recess. I play at recess. I walk around at recess. I take my students to the cafeteria, to specials, to line-up, to dismissal–and back. I monitor work by walking around the classroom. I monitor testing by walking around the classroom. I go from one meeting to the next, from one classroom to the next, from one end of the school to the other end.

My feet are tired, but by the time I get home I can safely look at my steps app and know I got all my steps for the day. One less thing to worry about–and that is definitely a perk, maybe even a reason, to teach πŸ˜‰


Beginning of the Year Checklist

Need a reminder for what to get ready?

Looking for added suggestions on how to be ready for the new year?

Well, here it is:

  • student files – a designated space, and folders ready with names on them
  • plenty of pencils, and sharpened
  • a few pencil sharpeners — one is never enough
  • an empty bulletin board (ready for students to fill)
  • new student folders (just have a few on-hand with copies of the items you handed out the first week, and maybe a few diagnostics)
  • snacks — everyone needs a snack drawer
  • medicine — have some ibuprofen for those headache days, and whatever you take when you feel that tickle in your throat (Cold-eeze, Emergen-C, etc.)
  • an extra pair of shoes — just in case the day’s shoe choice is a bust, or you decide to take a walk before/after school
  • pens — lots of them, preferably in a few colors
  • emergency folder — that first fire drill comes earlier and earlier each year, have evacuation materials ready
  • a schedule posted — you’ll be happy that first month for this, trust me
  • blank cards — to write a few nice notes or a few thank yous whenever inspired
  • a sub folder — for the last minute and unfortunate sick day (have a student roster and a few master copies of basic items on-hand for anyone to use)

It’s not a complete list, and it’s not a list focused on just you, just the learning, or just the classroom. It’s a list of those odds and ends that come up every year, the things I routinely remember later, or the things I realized I should probably commit to getting ready next time.


Things I never knew . . .

Installment #10:

Five things I never knew . . . until I became a teacher:

  • brand name glue sticks are really, actually better
  • glue sticks don’t actually last that long
  • glue sticks need names on them–each kid just needs their own
  • glue sticks are better than any other glue option
  • I hate glue sticks

Welcome Back!

It’s that time of year again . . .

Time to:

  • turn your computer back on
  • look over the schedule
  • get a glimpse at this year’s roster
  • meet a new crop of teachers
  • listen to new guidelines, themes, rules, etc.
  • rehash familiar guidelines, themes, rules, etc.
  • open new boxes
  • open old boxes
  • create bulletin boards
  • laminate
  • fill out beginning of the year forms
  • create student folders
  • rev up that copy machine
  • agree to every technology update
  • attend trainings
  • watch training videos

. . . it’s time to get ready for a new school year.

Take it day by day. Take it item by item. We will all, slowly, frantically, maybe a little enthusiastically, or little hesitantly, be ready soon enough.