Some teachers have been doing some amazing things- even during their summer break. And they seem to be soooo on top of it. All year round. But you know, I have some confessions to make.
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1. I don't read ANY professional development books. You know what, they're just not my jam. I hated reading them in grad school and I don't like it any better now. Many teachers have touted the wonders of books like Teach Like a Pirate and Ron Clark's Move Your Bus, which sound like they could be great books. But I just KNOW I'd be distracted in minutes because that's just not my type of book.
INSTEAD, I've been doing some reading FOR FUN. I've read so many things:
like Cinder, the first in the Lunar Chronicles (dystopian YA lit based on fairy tales)
and, (because I loved all of Gillian Flynn's books-Sharp Objects was the best!) right now I'm in the middle of this psychological thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood and I can't wait to get back to it after I finish up this post ;)
Okay, I could talk about books for days, weeks, YEARS...but...
For professional development- I take courses because I like to be interactive. And I use Pinterest. Obviously.
If you're into that, there are a million GORGEOUS planners on Teachers Pay Teachers (I didn't make any...because, well, obviously, I'd be terrible at making those). Also, you amaze me. I wish I had that kind of discipline. What I do to plan is occasionally use a template in Google Sheets that I love (very simple), or just write myself some notes on long 4" x 6" Post-it® Notes.
3. I don't have a cute classroom theme. I have posters, bulletin boards, and decorations, but I don't have one connecting theme, besides, well- this is 4th grade. Hope you love it! And check out some fun things that Mrs. Veise likes- like my Harry Potter quote on my desk (please ignore our ugly floor).
4. I'm okay with not being perfect, or doing any of the things mentioned above. I'm not disparaging anyone who does those things. That's great. Sometimes I wish I could do those things. But I've learned that I need to be true to myself as a teacher.
Whew. I think I'm done confessing for now. What are some of your #teacherconfessions? Share in the comments, or on IG and tag me! @caitscoolschool. I'd love to hear what you have to say :)