I just attended this year's TpT conference in Nashville. It was a lot of fun, educational, and above all else, I made great friends from all over the place! I even met someone from my same city.
|I'm in the middle between a friend who lives in my town and one who came from Australia!|
A large part of the message was to blog. I taught in public school for thirty years and have yet to offer one piece of advice to beginner teachers. Sorta. I know two years ago at the Orlando conference they asked me what I would tell new teachers, and I yelled, "RUN!" If you didn't listen to your mother, who had spent a life time teaching and told you not to, you're stuck. After all, many of us get bitten by the teaching bug, and there is no getting out.
I Got Stuck Being a Teacher.
I was in college, I had an argument with a professor after I told him I was changing my major out of teaching.
|No I did not punch him. Who do you think I am?|
He said, "You're going to be a teacher."
I said, "I am not."
He told me I could go on to the School of Journalism, but I'd be back because he knew a teacher when he saw one.
I later crawled back to him to tell him I was going to be a teacher, only to get an, "I know."
So Now, You Are a Teacher.
Here's what you gotta know. Get on the Teachers Pay Teachers site because it has a lot of great materials on it. . . many for free. If your administrator is not on board, so sorry. My school is connected with TpT for Schools. If I see something I like, I click a button. If my admin likes it, too, she buys it for me. It doesn't get any easier than that, so tell you principal about TpT for Schools.
Finally, thirty years and you want advice. Here you go. I don't care how many balls are on the upper elementary or middle school (if you STILL have recess) playground. The word is singular. The boys need to grab their "ball" when it's
Have a great day, teacher, and don't forget to Catch My Products!