You know you're a teacher when...

I had been saving this post as a Saturday type post kinda thing - but then I saw that the Inspired Apple is having a linky party on the exact same topic, so we'll just go ahead and ring in the end of the week and beginning of spring break a tad early! 

you begin to call everyone "my friend" in that specific voice. 

you are in a checkout line and purchasing 20 of the same product.

you know when random holidays are.

you have pressing the "snooze" button down to a science with exactly how many times you can get away with it and not be late.

you know how to eat a lunch in 5 minutes.

you know how to not have to go to the bathroom until the bell rings at the end of the day.

you correct others grammar ALL the time (or maybe that's just me cause I used to work in editing, but please excuse an occasional typo on this blog). 

you have dry erase marker on your favorite pair of pants and shoes. 

you go out to dinner, reach your hand in your coat pocket, and pull out a pad of post-its and a glue stick. 


a little bit of this...

Thanks so much for the warm welcome to teacher blogging. I'm not entirely new to blogging, but to teacher blogging yes. I live in Atlanta and teach just north of Atlanta in the largest elementary school in the county with approximately 1800 kids. I am one of 16 first-grade teachers. My class was started later in the year so I am out in a trailer. First grade, a first year teacher, plus a trailer. It all makes for interesting combination, but my days are never dull. Here's a small glimpse of my favorite parts of my room. It's constantly being reorganized...I am loving the organization week ideas going on over at Mrs. Patton's Patch
Though I love my clear containers and label maker...the paper mountain is a whole other story ;)


The Top 10 Things I've Learned (so far)

I've been wanting to join the ranks of teacher blogging. I am far from an expert, but I have been finding such fabulous resources from all of you that I thought I should at least participate and be a "team player!" ;)

What better way to begin than link into Jennifer at Rowdy in First's party of the Top 10 Things I've learned about teaching. I've only been doing this on my own since October, but whether it's your first year or fifth I think we all have our things we learn - here goes:

1. There will come a day when a certain combination of students are absent and you realize how much calmer and relaxing your day has been. Cherish it.

2. My desk may never EVER be clean at the end of the day, no matter how clean it starts out or how many times I clean it throughout the day.

3. I don't believe that posters or signs are meant to actually stay up on the walls of a trailer.

4. You shouldn't say you have never had a kid miss the bus or you haven't had a kid have an accident this year. Inevitably within that week they will either miss the bus or have an accident. I have jinxed myself on both.

5. How you treat your students should be a reflection of how you want them to treat others. We live in the real word and it's not always kind, but being kind and polite will take you a lot farther in life. Don't be afraid to tell them that. 

6. Have your surroundings reflect you as a person, and teach them how to treat both your things and theirs. Organization and Respect for belongings are so important in the learning process

7. Be kind to the people on your grade-level. Keep your mouth closed, eyes and ears open. Come to do your job. Have some people you can eat with and talk to. They are who will get you through - sometimes each day, or the week, but we see them more than anyone. Respect them.

8. Accept that you are not perfect. Paperwork may slide through, something may not have gotten sent home, or a lesson might not have gone how you wanted it to, but at the end of the day if your students are happy, healthy, have learned something, and want to come back the next day you have done your job well.

9. You will move your kids' desks around more than 15 times throughout the year and they will still talk. And then if you move one, you have to move them all because this one can't be near that one and those two pick on each other, and she copies her paper, and oh my goodness it just never ends.

10. Be thankful to the coworkers who teach you that sometimes you just have to learn to walk out of the door at 3:15 - the work is not going anywhere and it will be there tomorrow. I do not have to stay until 6:00. It took me until March to learn this, but I love walking out of the door with my girls.
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