The Snarky Schoolteacher’s “Teacher Feature” will showcase amazing educators and the work they do inside of their classrooms every other Thursday. If you’d like to be featured, please fill out our Google form here. All featured educators will receive a Snarky Swag Bag as a token of our appreciation for their time and contribution.
Mrs. Middlebrooks is a 10th grade English teacher in Madisonville, Kentucky. She knew teaching was for her when she was in only 11th grade. Mrs. Middlebrooks says the best thing about teaching is that every day is an adventure and that her students would describe her as, “enthusiastic, loud, and time focused.” I’m so excited to welcome Mrs. Middlebrooks as our first “Teacher Feature”!
Below are some photos Mrs. Middlebrooks was nice enough to share with us of her new classroom. I love that everything is so neat and organized. One of my favorite features of her classroom is the cart and stool in the center of the room. The cart is an incredibly affordable piece from Big Lots that comes in both black and white. What an awesomely functional idea!
I love the fun prints on the bulletin board and bookshelves! It is my personal belief that secondary teachers can and should spice up their classrooms, too! Warm learning environments are always more conducive to student success.
I really appreciate that she included photos on her bookshelf to bring a personal touch to her classroom. You often spend more time in your classroom than you do at home, so it should reflect who you are as a teacher and as a person.
What advice would you give to pre-service and first year teachers?
Be prepared for ANYTHING and to be patient with yourselves - you won't get everything right the first year. Also - be willing to change plans at any moment.
What's it like to be a student in your classroom?
Structured time-wise usually with healthy doses of pop culture comparisons.
What's your favorite way to engage in a little self-care during the school year?
Definitely using my personal days! They are given for a reason! (Snarky approves.)
Have any good teacher tips for working smarter, not harder?
Sticking to plans - which includes making solid, detailed plans. I write mine out instead of typing to help me remember things more easily.
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