Rebellion & Throwback Thursday

I’m currently rebelling from the whole “I’m a teacher look how awesomely fantastic at everything I am.”  I think that the current and maybe perpetual attitude about teacher is that we are superheroes who don’t need to use the bathroom or eat between 7:30 and 2:30.  We don’t ever have off days.  We are always kind, helpful, and yet firm when need be.  We are always up-to-date on the current research which we incorporate daily into our lessons, and we certainly make all our lessons cross-cirricular.  Oh. My.  This is so not true!  The Pinterest epidemic has only intensified this effect.  Our “stuff” must be not only educational but “pin worthy.”  Despair and disappointment beings now.  

The bottom line is my job is to teach kids to 

read, write, and do arithmetic.  I know, I know…we should be reflective learners, actively learning in a teacher-facilitated environment not teacher-led.  I’m all for anything that helps kids to learn including me doing something differently than I have in the past.  However, I’m not cute.  I’m not crafty.  I’m not pin worthy.  I do have some talents…My first principal said it best.  He said, “Ms. Lewis (I was an unwed gal at this time), there sure isn’t a lot of bells and whistles with you, is there?”  Very true, Sir.  I’m pretty sure no kid is going home and saying we did the most exciting or entertaining things with Mrs. L on the regular.  I do have my moments, but they are definitely just moments, not day-to-day occurrences.  With that being said, I am a good teacher.  I know what to teach, and I know how to teach especially those learners who have more difficulty.  I am jealous of those teachers who can be the crafty teacher with the beautiful door decorations as well as in the classroom.  I am going to *try to accept me for me and know that I work hard to have children leave me with more knowledge, skills, and confidence than they came through that door with.  First day of school T-minus 4 days…


Here’s just a few fun old pics…




2 thoughts on “Rebellion & Throwback Thursday

  1. Natalie, I love reading your blogs; you are a terrific writer and great at expressing yourself! While I have never been in your classroom to see you teach, I see the kids smiling when they are walking with you in the hall. I also see the determination and often busyness in how you carry yourself like you are on a mission and not wasting a minute! I like what you said about ” the bells and whistles” as I am the same way- not big on the decorating and fluff.

    Keep writing your blog… It is terrific!

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