10 Things I've Learned Linky and Giveaway

I am linking up with Miss Kindergarten for 10 Things I've Learned from Teaching Linky.

1. You will learn something from each of one of your students.
Every year I find myself having to make changes to the way I teach because my students are each different and in being so I have to try something new. The great thing about this is it is another trick I can add to my ever growing bag of tricks.

2. Love each of your students for who they are.
There always seems to be one student that may drive you a little crazy at times, but they are not going to change so learn to love the little quirks and smile at them.
Replace "teachers" with "people" and "kids" with "people" and you have a great rendition of the golden rule.

3. Be flexible!
You never know what may happen...a fire drill, the kids moods, a classroom visitor, etc. Just roll with it.

4. Have high expectations for all your students.
Your students will strive for whatever expectations you have. If you want to keep them working hard have high expectations and encourage them as much as possible as they try to reach them.

5.  Stay calm because the kids feed off your energy.
Put on a smile and relaxed so the kids don't freak out too.
Teacher quote
6. Get to know your parents and students on a personal level.
My parents are always impressed and tend to relax when you ask about the students siblings or the child's baseball game, etc. They know you genuinely care. The kids will feel better connected with you and respect you.
Treat students with dignity and respect.
7. Have fun!
Get up and dance and sing loud and just have fun. The kids will love it and want to do it with you.

8. You can't do everything.
This is the hardest one for me. Sometimes you need to just walk away and finish writing up the IEP or filling in report cards for awhile. Some days you are just done and if you are you need to leave it for tomorrow when you will have more energy.

9. Don't spend a lot of money on clothes.
I am all about sales. My kids have gotten glue, paint, boogers, blood, and everything else on my clothes. Fortunately I can't be too upset if it doesn't come out because I spent little on it.

10. Love what you do!

technology rocks. seriously.: Saying & Posters & Quotes OH MY! {Part 5}
Sweetest Teacher Quote ever…

Also, I am participating in Lola's giveaway over at Preschool Wonders. Make sure to check it out! There is some great stuff for you to win!

Have a great Tuesday. Only 6 more days of school. Time flies!

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