Lessons I Learned
What I learned: Connect with your colleagues and know them as a whole person.
Another teacher loved her students fiercely. She had super high expectations for them and never let them slip. She held her kids to a high standard but also supported them in meeting her expectations. She did not play and her kiddos knew that about her. They worked so hard because they never wanted to let her down. The growth that I saw in her students was always astounding.
What I learned: Believe in your students so much that you help them reach higher but also be ready to support them to get there.
Everyone appreciates a good laugh. One teacher I worked with was always ready to have fun with her students. She was an excellent teacher and students were definitely learning but they were also having fun. For years, my office shared a wall with her classroom and it always sounded like they were having the best time over there. She managed this by having really clear directions and routines. She was able to have 25 first graders living their best lives while also learning.
What I learned: Productivity and purpose doesn't have to come at the expense of enjoyment.
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This post is sponsored by Sanford Teacher Award. All opinions and colleague-related-learning are my own.