Educating our Heart & Mind.

Going in to education, many of us are going for one important reason.. Because we have the heart to teach children how to succeed in life. We all have that one teacher when we look back who influenced us without even trying, or showed us the teacher that we want to be.

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I know I do, mine was actually one of my math teachers in high school, Mr. DeMoss. Even though that is the complete opposite of what I want to teach, that didn’t matter. He showed me not to ever give up on students when they don’t understand or falling behind in class. He also pushed me to be my best when I thought I couldn’t do anything right. Mr. DeMoss didn’t only build a relationship with me in the class, but also outside of the classroom. He supported me in after school activities that I was involved in and never missed out on chances to support me and other classmates. He gave his heart to his students.

Now, does that ring any bells for you? What stands out for you to be the best teacher you can be? What makes you a highly qualified teacher? Well here are some helpful hints on what I believe.

Helpful Hints for being the Best Teacher you can be:

-Be patient

-Build relationships

-Be consistent

-Trust your students, allow them to trust you

-Inspire them to be the best that they can

I hope you take some time and watch this video from Ken Robinson talking about educating our heart and mind.

Tips for your Classroom Libraries

Do you ever find yourself in a classroom wishing it was yours? Or tell yourself you can’t forget a certain set up? You aren’t the only one. Students not only notice, but it allows them to stay enganged within the classroom.

Some of my favorite classrooms I have seen is when teachers have specific sections made up throughout the room. Every kid needs something different to meet their needs, and we as teachers have to be able to give that to them.

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A popular corner in almost every elementary classroom is the “Classroom Library“. I have learned that it’s more than just throwing your favorite childhood books onto a shelf. You have to think about how you want to organize the books, how you want to set it up, and what ways will get your students most excited about reading.

Tips for your Classroom Library:

  • Organize books into Genre
  • Place stickers on books so students know where to place the book when finished
  • Make your library appealing to students
  • Set it up to be a comfortable space
  • Make bins for certain reading levels

-Enjoy this list of Children’s books shared by other Elementary teachers.

We all have that certain vision of what our own library will look like, and being teachers we like to plan and organize. I know that after talking with teachers, they have openly admitted to changing their classroom library almost every year. So it’s okay that you won’t ever be satisfied. A big help will be your students, they will let you know what they like and dislike. After all, they are part of the goal of what we are trying to accomplish on having the most effective classroom library.