I linked up with Amy from The Resource(ful) Room for her “I am Thankful For My Teacher linky party.”
Amy has an incredible blog that I find so useful for various ideas for my various ability level students. In fact one idea I am
snagging borrowing immediately are her awesome PIE strips to review author’s purpose for any of my 6th graders that were not as successful as I had hoped with this concept. Thanks for the clever learning tool, Amy. I am thankful for you!
As I reflect back on my own learning I had some AMAZING teachers. It all began in kindergarten with Mrs. Shea. The best thing about kindergarten in Granville, Massachusetts was that I had a jungle gym inside my classroom. I wished I had that “center” activity everyday. I have debated exercise equipment in my own classroom at times.
Mrs. Cavanaugh, my 4th grade teacher was another teacher I am grateful I had the opportunity of learning from. I was Alice in our Alice in Wonderland play and loved the fact that she had a writing center that we could rotate into each day. I still remember my Cabbage Patch Kids writing folder filled with writing that I completed based on her inspiring writing prompts.
Junior high and high school had some other clever characters and fun learning experiences. My high school trigonometry teacher taught me that you could get away with a whole lot of silliness “back in the day.” He used to take the dry erase marker and mark across our foreheads as we headed up to the board to complete math problems. Imagine trying that with your kiddos today!
College allowed for me to have the chance to have some incredible learning experiences. My student teaching in Lakota Schools at Shawnee Elementary with Amy Burns was the best experience I could have possibly had as a “soon-to-be-on-my-own-classroom teacher.” Amy was a young, vibrant fourth grade teacher. She oozed with enthusiasm for teaching and was always so motivating. Collaborating with her and all of her professional guidance was just what I needed to be ready and confident as I embarked on my first year as a self-contained 5th grade teacher. I had the opportunity to develop novel units, incorporate technology, create science experiments, and dozens of displays and bulletin boards.
I ran into her at Walmart–10 years into MY teaching career. Two children later, and an attempt into the role of assistant principal for her, she was still as energetic as always talking about her role as a classroom teacher. I am both thankful and grateful for my time with her. I still have the paper-cutter that she gave me at my last day of student teaching party with each student’s signature neatly written on the bottom.
Today I continue to be inspired by the educators that surround me in my own building each day. My team is amazing, and my teacher friends, and fellow bloggers keep me motivated and most enthusiastic about this profession 15 years in…I am truly lucky to have had such superstar educators as inspiration! I am especially thankful…Thanks, Amy, for reminding me to take the time to think about those teachers I am THANKFUL to have encountered!