For about 12 hours a day, I'm a teacher.
Yes, e v e r y d a y. Weekends. Evenings. Christmas Vacation. Summer Vacation (aka, right now). I'm constantly thinking of my job... well, it's not really that, it's another part of my daily life, another part of who I am. I eat, sleep, breathe, think about teaching or teaching related things at various points each and every day. (In fact, this week I'm participating in a Math Academy for sixth grade teachers, and the true geek in me is loving that I'm learning so much!)
Come September 1, I'll be starting a new teaching assignment. To some it would be considered an easier assignment than my previous Primary through Twelfth grade assortment. Others wonder why I'd want to "just be a classroom teacher". Me, well, I don't quite know what to think, other than I'm very excited to be a teacher of the grade 5/6 combined class in the school I've taught in for 10 years. It's exciting, exhilirating, and a tad bit scary! (lol)
I'm going from the "teacher of many courses/disciplines" to the "classroom teacher of your child".
My questions for you around what you, as parents, want to see from your children's teachers:
- What makes them good?
- What's the best way to communicate?
- What do you want communicated?
- What's your opinion on homework?
- What do you really want your children to learn?