Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Gift of Teaching

I truly believe that teaching is a gift, something that I allowed to do each day with my students. It is not a profession or job, but something I value and enjoy.  Teaching offers opportunities to inspire and motivate children—to whet their appetites for inquiry and spur their curiosity. 

As a teacher we have a lot of commitment. First commitment to our self, we invest time, effort, sacrifices, money just to prepare our self to learn so that so we can teach someday. I believe that the greatest preparation of a teacher is the preparation of the heart, because the heart of education is the education of the heart Teaching is sharing one life to others, sharing knowledge to the students. Teaching is said to be the mother of all profession, because it is in the hands of teacher where the attorney and even president of the Philippines are molded and prepared. Teachers must fully understand the importance of their job; teachers must consider teaching to be a lifestyle, not a mere forty hours a week job.
We are here to facilitate to help the students to understand and to learn; helping the students to expand their knowledge; guide them to achieve their own dreams, to become a better person in the future. 

I am driven to help students achieve their full potential, and feel rewarded when they see their students succeed, even though this is different for each student. I also find that I learn from my students daily. It could be showing me a mistake I made or sharing some personal insight of themselves. This ensures that we are growing together and learning continually. 
Patience in teaching and understanding every individual sometimes is hard but doing our passion, doing our best to help them is a joy that can never be bought by money. Understanding the situation and their environment also help us to facilitate. Start listening to the students, some crave for attention, people fell loved when you give theme attention. Give love and listening is an act of love.

The miracles we see everyday, are of those who open their eyes to knowledge; miracles can happen if you let them happen.

Advice From Your Humble Teacher

Life is what it is. We do the things we find value in. I mean it's never really about saving the world, is it? It's about easing that burden we feel inside ourselves that tells us we should act when we can for some vague sense of the greater good. This gives our lives purpose. Though we know that our time is fleeting and will matter little in the vast history of an infinite universe, we do what we can because we feel it is right and that it is good. I will tell you that you, students, I will never forget, and you have been a tremendous influence in my life, as you have been to countless others. Life is a journey, and the people we meet and the things we are taught make us who we are. Be assured then, that what change may come from the people you inspire, or the lives they touch, will be the product of what you've helped make them. Do not, therefore, be disheartened, for you too have been strengthened by your trials and the people you've met and the things you've learned. You may be tired, but you are not weak. Know that the work you do does indeed make a difference, though you may not be able to see it yet.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Thank you students!

I love my job, teaching. There is nothing better in this world than being a teacher, regardless of the bumps and bruises and nicks and scratches that my heart, mind, and body have taken over the years. I have the privilege of waking up each day with the opportunity to make a difference. I get to spend every day talking about things that matter and helping students explore the things that matter to them. While I cannot turn back the clock, or better yet, stop it, each day I spend with you allows me to reflect on my past, peer into your future, and find peace in our present. You, students, are all so amazing. To glimpse the inner growth and development taking place within is to take snapshots of miracles. If pride were an energy source, I could light up a city. The fact that I get to learn and grow beside you is an honor I do not take lightly. Thank you, students, for giving my life purpose and ensuring that my short time here matters. Thank you, students, for trusting me to help guide you as you make your way in the world. For having the courage or the curiosity to walk into my classroom and say, “I guess I’ll see what this lady has to offer.” Thank you for being you. My sincerest hope is that what I have to offer is…enough.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

You Are Amazing!

I do not think anyone hears enough that they are amazing, incredible, or even great. When I think about how often our students hear the negative or see the negative in the form of feedback of comments from teachers, students, and family I think that we need to change our behaviors to be more positive.  

I recently read about Operation Beautiful on another blog I read.  The person who writes this blog started Operation Beautiful by leaving positive messages on the mirrors of public restroom (great idea- right?!). She left messages like “You are incredible!” or “You are amazing!" in hopes to end negative self-talk. The way it works is you post anonymous notes in public places for other people to read and find, and then you take a picture to submit to Operational Beautiful for them to post on their blog.  Amazing, right? Yet, why can we not do this for our students.?

 I would love to post random positive messages to students in emails, in the bathroom, slide a note in one's locker, or even on the student's work. This would make a great challenge to one's self or even other teachers- who can do the most positive messages to students, along with who can do the most original positive message and delivery. The challenge would be in hopes that these behaviors would then become more automatic and passed along by others (the whole Pay it Forward effect). 

Thus, I challenge you to begin your own Operation Beautiful and post them to either that site of tweet me at @beal_kara. I would love to see what you are doing!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Classroom Management Reflection

I am in the reminiscing mood this morning, as I sit here and contemplate the end of the school year. It always boggles my mind how when we first arrive in August to begin our time with our students that we cannot fathom June graduation with our middle school students. Yet, that date in June always shows up abruptly at our classroom door. I want to push it back and tell it I am not ready! I am not ready, as I need more time with my students for learning and just for time with them. Yes, I now love them deeply and hate when I have to say goodbye. As I continue my reflection I contemplate my teaching and classroom management. I always have the students do an anonymous survey on what they learned and my teaching for the year. This is to help me with what I should be doing and planning for the following year. This year as I reviewed the survey's I found myself relating my classroom management to quotes and insight of others. The follow are a few to contemplate.

Classroom management is like:
"...a technical manual because it should include everything that happens in your classroom. Just like you can look up any specific problem or topic in a technical manual and find information, you should have a plan, routine, or procedure for everything that happens in your classroom. This will ensure that things run as smoothly as possible."~ Eunice Nickel
"...a romance novel because you want the students to fall in love with you and learning. You will have your up and downs like any relationship but in the end you want yourself and the other person to be happy."~ Samantha Heasty
"...a travel guide because the school year is a journey that takes you many places whether they be smooth easy highways or rough bumpy roads. Like a good travel guide, good classroom management can successfully lead you though the school year. It can show you your destinations along the way, point out the "pit stops" where you need to stop and refuel, and finally help lead you through the school year on the smoothest road possible."~ Conolley August

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

When the Students You Teach Feel Like Family

I have had to deal with an illness this year and missed some school. As many who know me, I hate this. I hate not being with the students every day, teaching them, watching them grow, and having them teach me in some way as well.

I feel that the students I teach become my family for the year, and sometimes for many years. I get to know them personally- their likes, dislikes, how they speak and write, and how they interact with others. This is just like some of my interactions with my own children- the observation and discussions that is. I love eating lunch with the students to see a different aspect of their being, or even being a silent observer in the hallway between classes to see who is dating who, which friends are on the out's, or even which students are struggling with friendships or interactions with others.

It is truly important for me to connect with my students, and one way I do so is by eliciting their stories. I always believe that my students can transform and find themselves, in addition to becoming literate people who will love reading. This is truly the best compliment I received this year- many parents and students have stated to me that they do not know what I did, but they now love reading (or at least have read more books than they ever have before!). This discovery with their own skills and passions, allows the student to further their development and passion to then go onto high school and then college. I always knew each student can do, and now they're doing it. That's why I teach.

 I love middle school kids. I love where they are intellectually and emotionally. I love being able to engage them in the kind of rigorous discussions that they are just getting ready for (with them now understanding sarcasm and irony) and then seeing them watch a Disney movie.

I love teaching. I love learning about and from my students every year. I love just being in the classroom every day with my six different classes that become my little families over the course of our time together. I just love my students.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Power of Language

I am hereby outing myself as a bibliophile + logophile. My house runneth over with books. Words can offer perspective, insight, and understanding. Words can bring encouragement and hope. Words can remove fear and isolation. Words can reconcile and unite. Words can have an influence on how we feel about ourselves and others. Words have the ultimate power in our lives, yet many do not use correct words when speaking or writing. Additionally, my students do not share my love of words. Is this a societal norm now? Is this due to technology one can abbreviate their words or have the piece of technology insert what it thinks you want to say, thus losing one's ability to actually use their own vocabulary? Is technology ruining our vocabulary (not just our spelling!)?