1. I am a good teacher because...Truthfully, I'm not feeling like a good teacher these days. But to answer the question, I think I am a good teacher because I care about my students.
2. If I weren't a teacher, I would be...in journalism. I have always wanted to work at a newspaper or a magazine, either in writing or editing. Or I would love to work with children's literature. If I could make enough money at it, I would be very happy working in a bookstore.
3. My teaching style is...energetic.
4. My classroom is... comfortable. This year I've worked hard to minimize distractions, like using mostly blues and greens, and not putting up a lot of stuff on the walls. I also talked to the painters when they were doing my room, and they were able to paint one wall in my room as an accent wall and painted it blue.
5. My lesson plans... get changed a lot.
6. One of my teaching goals is…is to instill a love in reading in all students. I think it is so sad to hear a child or an adult say, "I don't like to read." Everyone should love books.
7. The toughest part of teaching is...the testing. I hate all the testing. And "No Child Left Behind". I really hate NCLB.
8. The thing I love most about teaching is... when a child finally "gets it".
9. A common misconception about teaching is...we work only from 9-3 and we get the whole summer off. Most teachers come in early, stay late, take work home, and write lesson plans and grade papers on the weekend. And although I do get some time off in the summer, it's not 3 months. It's more like 6 weeks. But I'm still glad for it.
10. The most important thing I've learned since I started teaching....to be more patient. And to choose your confidants carefully. The gossip among teachers is worse than high school!
I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you're a teacher and want to do it, let me know.
Have a good Sunday.