I’ve watching some videos on Youtube under the #iteachtoo tag, and I wanted to do it. However, I don’t vlog and I’m too embarrassed to try. What I do, however, is write. So, I’m doing this blog style.
1. What do you teach and where?
I teach 2nd grade in a little town near the Central Cost of California. I’ve also taught 6th, 5th, and 1st grade. Fifth was probably my favorite and first was my least favorite. I do love second grade, though.
2. How long have you been teaching?
This is my 14th year of teaching. I did one year of 6th, five of 5th, two of 1st and the rest in second.
3. Did you always know you wanted to be a teacher?
Not really. I wanted to be a lot of things, like an archeologist or marine biologist or actor. Teaching was there as something I might want to do, but it wasn’t always my main goal. I actually was a theater major for a semester, but realized it wasn’t for me. By then, teaching seemed like something I’d really enjoy, so I went into a teaching path major.
4. What is your typical #teacherootd?
I guess this is outfit of the day, according to what comes up when I google it. This is the problem with me not having Instagram.
Anyway, my typical outfit is slacks and some kind of button-up shirt from New York and Company. I’m actually moving away from those shirts and buying dressy tops. I’m also throwing in a few dresses because I discovered I really like the way I look in sheath dresses and I can get nice ones for cheap on Amazon. I always wear flats (vs heels) and often wear Converse.
This is what I wore for picture day this year.
5. What do you usually bring for lunch?
A sandwich and a apple. I haven’t been eating the apple lately. I should switch it out for some other kind of fruit. Once a week, I take a chicken chimichunga and sometimes I’m able to take leftovers from dinner. I need to eat at lunch because I don’t function well without food, but I admit, I rush through eating so I can get back to my room and relax for about twenty minutes before my class comes back.
6. What is one of your favorite books about teaching?
I really liked Educating Esme, although its been years since I’ve read it. I also liked Rafe Esquith’s books (I’ve read There are No Shortcuts and Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire). I go back and forth on teaching books. I do find them inspiring, but then I get depressed and frustrated because I cannot and will not ever live up to the excellent examples set by teachers who write teaching books.
7. What is one of your favorite teacher movies?
Probably Stand and Deliver.
8. Who was your favorite teacher?
Mr. Kelishes, my AP World History teacher. He was so good at making history alive and interesting. He would dress up as people from history and hold question and answer sessions. I loved him so much.
9. Who are some of your favorite teacher YouTubers/instagrammers/snapchatters, etc?
Michelle Ferre at Pocketful of Primary is my favorite YouTuber. I also liked Classroom Diva’s A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grade Teacher video.
10. What is one of your best classroom management tips?
Always have a system that rewards and praises the students who are doing what they are supposed to do. I found an old evaluation of mine and one of the areas I needed to improve was having a positive classroom environment. I think I have improved in that since I started doing BUGS and now Class Dojo. I’m always on the lookout to find a way to catch every child being good and doing what the should be doing. I think it’s key to setting a positive classroom environment.
11. What is one reason you decided to become a teacher?
I like kids and being around kids. I find them interesting and funny and charming and just fun to be around. I do think I like older kids better than the little ones, just because they are more aware of adults as human beings and they get humor and… I don’t know. It’s just different. But I do like how the younger ones want to be good for you (most of the time) and love you and give hugs so freely. So yeah. That’s why I became a teacher.
What about you?