Falling in love with a new career

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What this first-year English teacher has learned/observed by returning to her hometown to teach our leaders of tomorrow:

  • Classroom management is key (probably the thing I keep hearing most from other teachers and something I have definitely kept in mind, for structured learning)
  • iteachTEXAS (the alternative program through which I’m getting my teaching cert) doesn’t end when you secure a job
  • People respond well to pretty classrooms (and I’m already planning how to decorate next year’s!)
  • Copy and coffee machines are equally and very-much-so important (and usually have long lines)
  • A good mix of technological and traditional teaching methods are important (and I love both!)
  • Many students think it’s okay to use texting language on tests and in essays (it’s not)
  • Never talk down to/about others (especially in a small town or as a teacher, since we’re under magnifying glasses and held to higher standards)
  • There are not enough STAAR resources out there (what are your faves?)
  • Teachers start orientations, decorating, planning and organizing in June (and don’t stop just because it’s 3:30 or the weekend or Christmas break or May)
  • Though it’s mandatory to teach the TEKS (which are tested via the STAAR test, which used to be TAKS and TAAS), implement fun & creative innovation into your lessons
  • I’m not an out-of-the-box, extroverted theater-lover (but my drama students and I have enjoyed class together)
  • Find a teacher who really knows what he/she is doing, and latch on to his/her every word (yay, mentor(s)!)
  • You’ll instantly fall in love with many of your students (just so cute and funny and wonderful and brilliant:)
  • There’s no place I’d rather teach than Woodson, Texas (and I thank the community and school and faculty/staff for welcoming me back with open/loving arms)

HAPPY FALL, Y’ALL!

Bonus: Enjoy my outfits from my first week of school;)

black lbd//crisp look w/ gold accessories//getting in gladiators before summer ends//hippiiie//and a skirt that I may or may not have word to my eighth grade graduation at Woodson!

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