A Peek Inside Beckie's Classroom
For this simulation, I pretended to get an e-mail from the district that said I needed to immediately vacate my room so they could have a tech meeting in it. I arranged with other teachers and staff throughout the day to come kick me out of various spaces in the building. At the same time, students had a worksheet they had to complete. They quickly became frustrated as they could not complete the assignment because we kept moving. Every class period, a student or two caught on to what was going on and would blurt it out. All the students would look at each other and you could see the light bulb turn on in their heads. It was magical.
My first year as a teacher, I had a student who had been dealt a very poor hand of cards. He had been written off as a hopeless case by many of the other teachers in my building. However, I established a strong connection with the student at the start of the year. A couple months later, I found out that the student had told his case worker that I was the only adult he felt comfortable talking to about things. Making such a strong connection with a student warms my heart!
What advice would you give to pre-service and first year teachers?
Don't take yourself too seriously. Have fun with the kids and don't be afraid to let them see your personality.
Do you have any good teacher tips for working smarter, not harder?
You can't do it all. You just can't. Sometimes you have to accept this and seek help.
What is your favorite way to engage in a little self-care during the school year?
I make sure I take time to do something that is not related to school every night. Usually, this involves video games because I am a huge gamer. There is something very relaxing about exploring a new world and completing quests or puzzles.