Teachers Are The Real Superheroes

Teachers Are The Real Superheroes

" Teaching effects eternity, one can never tell where his impact stops"
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“Being a teacher must be so nice. You get weekends and holidays off. You get to get home when your kids get out of school. You get the whole evening to do whatever you want.” This is the assumption about teachers. If you’re not a teacher you’ve probably thought this before. The reality is, being a teacher is so much more!

Being a teacher is a profession that people don’t praise enough. Now I’m not saying we’re gods but… we do teach the future of America. Teachers help build the foundation of the world. Without teachers you would be able to read this right now, some teacher helped lead you to read. Did you thank him or her? Chances are you didn’t even think about that till right now.

Teaching is such a profession that has a lot of pressure on. Parents are always telling teachers what is best for their student like we don’t already know. Teaching is always being graded off of how well a student did on a test, not how much they’ve grown over the year. Teaching is the profession that is picked on but never praised for the good.

Being a teacher is much more than bell to bell.

News flash! Teachers don’t get summers off. Teachers spend their summer redoing classrooms, working on curriculum, lesson planning. Getting information from previous teachers on your students. Attending professional development to become a better teacher to teach your student. They do all these wonderful things to help make your student have a better year! ………… and they do it unpaid!

Teachers make themselves always available to you by email or their phone numbers. They answer your questions in their free time because they care a lot about your student and they want to support you!

Teaching is coming in early and staying late. Teachers come in well before the students ever arrive in the morning to make sure everything is planned out to run smoothly for the day. Teachers stay late after school for meetings with students, and with parents.

Teachers spend their free time planning for their students. Teachers go home and they have to grade the papers from the day and enter them into the grade book. They have to plan the lessons for the next day. While teachers are working on things for their students, they are trying to have a life as well. They want to enjoy time with their families as well. But they choose to work on things for their students because they love them.

Being a teacher is much more than teaching children. Its showing children that someone really truly cares about them. It's being a safe person for a student to talk to if they are having problems. It's being a mother to all the students and keeping them safe. It's making sure all students are getting the access to the curriculum at the level the student needs. Its respecting parents when you know they should be doing more for their child. It's much more than simply teaching the students.

Teachers are like public figures in the community. Think about it, you look up your child's' teacher on social media to see what he/she is doing. When you see them at the store you look at what they are doing or how they are dressing. Being a teacher affects your social life as well. You must be careful how you act and dress in public. You have to watch what you put on social media. You are always “on” because you never know when you will see a parent or a student.

Being a teacher is so much more than walking in when the students get them and leaving as they ride away on the bus. Teaching is about giving your heart to the students and helping them grow into better people.

Teaching is a profession that can become your whole world. Teachers are always thinking about their students no matter how hard they try not to. They wonder how they will get those students to get better reading skills, wondering if that student will get his clothes washed. Teachers are constantly thinking about their students and how they can help them.

Teaching is beyond all the books you could ever read. Teaching is a profession that should be well respected. Teachers do so much more than what they are paid and expected to do because they truly care about their kids.

Thank a teacher today for all the extra work they put in for you or your student. Thank them for taking time away from their family to enter the grades so you can see how well your student is doing. Thank them for spending their weekends “off” working on a lesson plan to teach your student how to read. Thank them for thinking about your students all the time and what’s best for them.

Teaching is well beyond the school day, Thank your teacher today for being so amazing and going above and beyond for you and your student. Teachers choose to do this! They do it year after year because they want to impact the students and make them better people!

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You laugh, you cry and you work harder than you ever thought you could. Somedays you’re trying to change the world and somedays you’re just trying to make it through the day. Your wallet is empty, your heart is full, and your mind is packed with memories of kids who have changed your life. Just another day in the classroom.

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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10 Study Habits You Should Never Break

Tips and tricks to surviving finals and midterms.

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It's starting to become that time of year again - wrapping up the semester and preparing for the dreaded week of finals and mid-terms. I couldn't be more excited to be done with high school. But finals stink. I luckily don't have many classes that are going to require taking a test, mine are mostly projects.

All throughout high school, I had really struggled with testing and study habits. I didn't know how to study and therefore continued to do poorly because of my study habits or lack of. It was not until my junior year in high school, I had found my way of studying and it has worked for me for every test since. I color coat everything and write things down a million times. It is time-consuming but it is worth it in the end. You just have to find what works with you and stick with it. Here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help you with your study habits. I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was struggling at the start of high school.

1. Time management

Don't be silly and study the night before the test and expect to do well. Some people can actually do this but I am a person who has to work their tail off for what kind of grades I receive so studying the night before a test would result in me not doing well. But it is different for everyone. What I typically do is if I know the test date ahead of time, I write it down in my planner and then as we learn something I add it to a notecard so as we go on with a unit I remember what we have learned in the start of the unit. I typically study a week prior to the test.

2. Find a study space

I like when my environment is completely quiet, I find it hard for me to focus when I am surrounded by noise. I usually study in my room or somewhere where no one is at

3. Choose a style of studying you like

I am a freak when it comes to studying. I am a very visual person. I will read the chapters in the book, highlight the important stuff, take notes and color coat them, highlight them. Draw diagrams or pictures if needed. And sometimes write small important things a couple of times. Yes, it's time-consuming but it has gotten me to not fail my test. With more unvisual classes like math, I write a notecard of all the formulas and buttons I will need for that unit. I do all of this as we go through each unit. I also use Quizlet to help me remember vocabulary words.

4. Actually do the study guides or Quizlets, they help

I complete the study guides a couple of times. Sounds crazy but it helps me memorize stuff so much better. There are tons of resources out on the internet, use them. Quizlet, Books online etc can all be valuable resources, just got to know what is available. Sometimes my friends will make a Quizlet and we will have the same class and I will use her Quizlet. Why make what's already made for you?

5. Write things out

I love technology and all but I think some of us have gotten away from writing things actually down on a notebook. Believe it or not, it has been proven that physically writing things out helps you memorize things better. I use a notebook for class and color coat my own notes. I also use flashcards for vocab words and color coat them as well. As you can tell I love color coating.

6. Have a study buddy

Personally I study better alone but when I do study with groups we bounce ideas off each other to get a better understanding of the material. It again depends on how you like to study.

7. Eliminate distractions

I used to have a problem with getting distracted from being on my phone and then I'd realize I just wasted 30 minutes scrolling through Instagram when I could have been studying. So turn your phone off or put it where you can't see it because it really does shorten your time of studying without being on it.

8. Use memory games (pneumonic devices) 

This helps me so much! When I am working on a test I always remember pneumonic devices before anything else.

9. Take your time

Don't rush through the material, you'll get it eventually. If you don't know it, highlight it and come back. Also if you have already mastered and memorized a topic, don't keep studying that study the things you don't know and haven't mastered.

10.  Find what works best for you!

You have to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Your study habits are completely unique to you. If something works for you, continue to do that.

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