Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hidden Teacher Talents

About a month ago (boy have I been out of it) Organized Chaos tagged me to list skills that are not on my resume. I didn't make time to think about it before now, and I think part of the reason for that is that I was so intimidated by the lists from other bloggers. So, you might be better served to visit these lists: Kindergarten Chaos, Sneaker Teacher, Kiri at Elbows, Knees, Dreams, and Miss Brave.

My special skills:
  • I can act sympathetic over the most imagined and invisible boo-boos.
  • I can read picture books time and time again with equal drama and flourish.
  • I can encourage kids to write about their trip to the carnival at K-mart as though it is the great American novel.
  • I can carry on three or four conversations at one time.
  • I can listen to kids read the same repetitive beginning reader books and celebrate every right word.
  • I can find fun, educational ways to fill any period of time from one minute to an hour at the drop of a hat.
  • I can, and do, remind any child of proper behavior anywhere (even rolling down my car window to holler at some boys on their way to school recently).
  • I can link math to health to social studies to a recent field trip to my kids' lives
  • I can remind students to stop picking their noses and putting their hands down their pants a dozen times without losing patience (mostly)
  • I can head to work everyday eagerly expecting the joyous successes

2 comments:

Sneaker Teacher said...

Your list is great! Love it!

tesstrue said...

"I can encourage kids to write about their trip to the carnival at K-mart as though it is the great American novel."

I ADORE this one! This is ME to a T -- and it speaks so much to what we do as teachers every moment of every day. TFS your hidden talents!