By Teachers, For Teachers
Favorite Quotes: Students love to learn, but hate to be taught.
Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
My favorite teacher was Mrs. Kosan, my third grade teacher. We came from a very modest family and I had never had my own book before. She gave me a copy of Misty and Me by Barbara Girion as a Christmas gift. I never knew people could buy books and keep them at home. My love for reading was born. I still have that book!
What are three things every teacher should own?
1.) An ipod and speaker to use in the classroom. Nothing is worse than dead silence all the time in a learning environment. Plus, the kids think you are way cool.
2.) A handful of fun games that need no prep or materials. Wonderful for in a pinch while waiting in the hallway or between classes.
3.) A characteristic known as flexibility. Things continually change throughout the day (or minute) and if you can't roll with the punches, you won't know how to enjoy your job.
If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?
I would choose Oprah as my principal. She appears to have high standards so I don't think she would allow for less than stellar, but she also values people as people, children as children, and parents as parents. Her strong values for education are also evident.
What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
I would love to become a professional dancer. The hours in the studio the contestants on Dancing with the Stars put in would be wonderful exercise! Plus, I love to perform in front of crowds!
Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.
I love to teach about rocks and minerals. I use real examples and like to incorporate SmartBoard activities and WebQuests into the unit. There is just something about studying the earth and what it is made of that is relevant to all. Plus, the students love to go outside and dig in the dirt!
What is the greatest misconception about teachers?
That would have to be that they get the summers off. I don't know how many times I have had to defend that one.
What stereotype about teachers is true?
In my own experience it would be the physical education teacher that wears sweats to work and a whistle around his or her neck. But when you have to run around with students all day, I would think that would be the best choice anyway!
How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
I worked in retail management fr over 10 years before finding my calling as a teacher. When you work with grown adults who act as though they are 8-years-old, there comes a point when you throw in the towel and decide the 8-year-olds are where it is at instead! There is still hope for them! LOL
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