What do you love?

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  1. dgpiaffeteach

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    Me too! It's so easy to get bogged down in testing, data, etc... But I love the fact that the future is sitting right there in my room. It's very cool (and a little scary) to think about!
     
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    I teach an upper level middle school reading class. Most of the kids love reading! Any novel suggestions?
     
  3. dgpiaffeteach

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    The Outsiders and the first Harry Potter are both really popular with our kids. So is The Giver. I did The Hunger Games a few years back with 8th grade. Now I do a dystopian lit circle with my sophomores. 8th is doing The Book Thief this year.
     
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    (Tom T. Hall from the album The Last Hard Town)

    I Love little baby ducks
    Old pickup trucks
    Slow movin' trains and rain
    I Love little country streams
    Sleep without dreams
    Sunday school in May and hay
    And I love you too.

    I Love--leaves in the wind
    Pictures of my friends
    Birds of the world--and squirrels
    I Love--coffee in a cup
    Little fuzzy pups
    Bourbon in a glass--and grass
    And I love you too.
     
  5. MrsC

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    Oh, that brought back memories, stephenpe!

    This morning, I loved being reminded that, way back in June, we had planned an afternoon of group team-building games for all of our grade 6-8 students the first Friday back--that's today!
     
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    I worked as an aide in high school, volunteer in college, a sub, student teacher & classroom... I loved it when students would walk in so happy to see you or when I walked down the hall & the students would do a small wave to you because they were in line! Lol
    I loved it when I would surprise them like subbing in K I would pull up next to them & color. When I subbed upper elem I would teach them to count in Japanese. My classroom I could tell they were getting antsy so we would do a 2 min stretch.
    I loved it even not being around those students as they grew older going to their graduations they were still so happy to see me.
    Knowing that I learned something from each & one of them during my teaching career & that I helped them build on their educational career.
     
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    I love my getting to know my students first and foremost. They are my reason for waking up every day and working late every night. The more I talk with them, the more I enjoy them.

    I love my new position as co-chair of the department. It allows me the chance to be a teacher leader while still working with students. As much as I thought I wanted to be in more of an administration role, this is where I belong.

    I love my team of teachers. When I started teaching 9th grade year-long (as opposed to semester blocks), there was only one other GenEd teacher, one SpEd teacher, and two reading specialists. Now, we're a team of 18. We collaborate like crazy and make sure the newer teachers are supported. They are my home base.

    I love my administration! They truly embrace the concept of leading by serving. It comes through in how they talk with the faculty and when I have contacted them with my concerns.
     
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    Seeing the kids have fun with creative lessons. My students are very low functioning special ed students so it takes a lot to get them engaged.
     
  9. Backroads

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    Oh, I don't know. There's nothing wrong with enjoying that particular perk of the job. I know it's not true for everyone in every situation, but I do enjoy having a contract job that pays be decently for the time worked, enough to cover the year, and allows me to have a big chunk of time off in the middle. I get a summer break, why should I feel bad about it?
     
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    I also love the crazy things kids say.
     
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    One of my Grade 7 boys, when leaving at the end of the day today, walked past me and quietly said, "Best first week ever!"
     
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    It's sad to me if that's truly the only thing they enjoy about teaching. I find I enjoy about the first 3-4 weeks of summer, then unless I'm traveling I'm itching to go back and often do go in to do quite a bit of work. I'm not a fan of summer weather at all. I just get pretty bored!
     
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    Just today. My 4th grader said. My dad and step dad work together. Sounds creepy doesn't it?
    :eek:
     
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    I'm sure she was just using the old joke. You're right that it is sad if that's all you love about teaching, but I do think most of those types weed themselves out sooner rather than later.
     
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    I love those, but I also love September, October, November, December, January, February, March, and April. I must admit May can be a bit rough though as a teacher. I hope not too many people feel like September and October are like May.
     
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    Sadly sometimes they don't. I think most of us have seen at least one like that before.
     
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    I don't think anyone in their right mind would "love" 33+ kids in a class, textbooks being thrown away (or out the windows), no one interested in the subject matter, felons added to your class in mid-year, one word written on a piece of paper for an assignment and a declaration of, "I'm finished," etc., etc..

    If I had a even a small percentage that raised their hands or showed me there was perhaps a dent made in them in their writing or reading comprehension, I would get a charge out of that.

    As it is, summers off, the pay, the benefits, the pension - that are the thing that keep me hanging in.


    :dunno:
     
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    You have windows?! :lol: sorry, couldn't resist. Wish my windows could open and looked out at something other than a big ugly building (court) across the street. I would LOVE windows that open!!!

    (but I do get what you are saying) (even though sometimes my mid semester juvies are the ones who try the hardest because they have deals with the judge to stay out of lock up)
     
  19. dgpiaffeteach

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    There are definitely rough positions out there. Hopefully there's something you like about going to work though even if it's just a friend on staff!
     
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    I love...
    - My students. Our school just has some incredible kids. I am so grateful to teach them.
    - My principal. She is supportive, innovative, and amazing. She encourages us to be creative and try new things.
    - My school in general - it's just a fantastic, uplifting, encouraging place
    - My colleagues
    - The ability to be creative, problem solve, and try new things
    - The connections I make with my class over the course of a year - the family we create.
     

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