Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Amazing Honor

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  I honestly do not need apples, picture frames, or chocolate.  Don't get me wrong.  I would LOVE to get them.  Especially the chocolate (hint, hint).  But, that's not why I do what I do.  What do I do, you ask?

I inspire students to delve into subjects that they didn't even know existed.
I encourage students to stand up to the bully.
I put band-aids on boo-boos (even in 4th grade).
I spark students' parents to return to school, themselves.
I mourn every death, whether it be grandma, sister, or uncle.
I look my students in the eye and tell them how proud I am of the gains they have made this year.
I always tell them "thank you for being honest" when they tell me the bad choices they have made.
I tell them "thank you for saying 'thank you'" when they DO remember to say thank you.
I get kids to believe in themselves, even when they think no one else does.  (whisper: I do)
Oh, and I do this thing called teaching the Common Core Standards, holding my kids to higher standards that will prepare them for careers in the 21st century.  Because they WILL graduate.  They will make a difference in their community.

Normally, teachers go into their rooms, close the door, and do ALL these things.  I am no different.  Yet, I guess someone noticed me.  I can't even believe it.  I have been nominated for People Magazine's Teacher of the Year award.  I know.  I'll let you catch your breath.  I won't win.  People Magazine only selects the five best teachers from across the country.  Um, yeah.  There are more than five teachers better than me at my school alone, let alone THE. WHOLE. COUNTRY.  To be completely fair, the award should go to my Fourth Grade Team.  This year, they have carried me.  I have really struggled this year, due to my husband's sudden kidney failure.  There were days that I was just going through the motions.  Yet, my team held their own and took on extra assignments that I just couldn't wrap my brain around.  In fact, the award should have the names of other teachers as well.  I get most of my ideas from teacher blogs.  Many of my ideas from my colleagues.  In light of Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to highlight the amazing blogs that come to life in my classroom.  Click on any and all the blogs on the right side of my page.  They are amazing teachers.  They are MY teachers of the year!

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