I am the Teacher Who...
May is “Teacher Appreciation Month”, and I love all the discounts, free food, and reaping the benefits of molding young minds! I thought of 20 things that describe me as a teacher. They’re not all good, but they’re not all bad, and as I reflect on this year in particular, there are some key things that I can say about myself.
I am the teacher who…
Always gets caught taking selfies during planning periods.
Sometimes forgets to post assignments on Google Classroom so students get a night off from completing an assignment, at no fault of their own.
Moves the talkative kids around in the classroom to no avail because they’re friends with everyone.
On really rough days, takes compliments on outfits as the silver lining.
Has turned Tuesday’s 3:35 pm bell into a racing game to see which student leaves the classroom the quickest so that I can get to my grad class on time.
Turned the back of my classroom into “Shakespeare’s Shady Grove”, complete with student-designed leaves and Kermit the Frog sipping tea under the shade of our tree.
Would rather talk to my students in person than respond to midnight emails.
Tells bad jokes, but every once in a while makes a kid smile by slipping in a clever Drake lyric.
Corrects in red ink, but uses purple or green for the students who get anxious at the sight of “so much red”.
Takes forever to grade essays, but tells students not to worry because by the end of the semester, they won’t matter as much as all the other work they did.
Won’t budge when my students whine.
Waits for silence before continuing the lesson.
Stays after school to help students study because sometimes home is not the best place to get work done.
Becomes uncomfortable when kids cry in front of me, but quickly offers a comforting hug.
Doesn’t care if you’re in the 9th or 11th grade, if you earn 100% on an assignment, you will get a sticker on your paper.
Gives quizzes that are the length of tests.
Will give you a “mom look” without hesitation.
Sometimes sits amongst my students, so when the principal comes in to observe my class, I’m hard to find.
Understands that puberty, relationships, and confusion sometimes keep you from earning an A.
Makes strict rules, but always gives second and third and fourth chances.
What things would you include in your list? Make a list like this to help define your identity and effectiveness as an educator. It comes in handy on those difficult days, especially at the end of the school year!