I was asked two questions by my students today that really stood out to me.
- Will Language Arts be a hard class?
- What is your favorite part of being a teacher?
I would like to share my responses to those questions you here on my blog.
1. Will Language Arts be a hard class?
I once attended a motivational assembly by Bill Cordes in which he stated YOGOWYPI: You only get out what you put in! That’s a great philosophy with any thing that you put effort towards.
I pride myself on offering a rigorous (yet accessible) curriculum which engages students and promotes growth in their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. Language Arts will not be a “hard” class, but students will be appropriately challenged and they will be proud of the gains they make throughout the school year.
2. What is your favorite part of being a teacher?
The 2016-2017 will mark my ninth year as an ELA teacher. It is difficult to narrow down one “favorite” aspect of being a teacher, but if I had to choose one of my favorite moments … it would be when a student who has been struggling experiences an “Aha!” moment. There is nothing like that moment in which students “get” a challenging or elusive concept or skill. I look forward to providing several opportunities for students to experience “Aha!” moments in my class.
Thanks for a great first day of school! I am looking forward to an exciting school year! Remember, we are all in this together 🙂