The last day for students is today. Today is the day they empty all their cubbies, desks, and cabinets. It has been a quick and very eventful school year. I have learned a lot, and I still have a lot to learn.
What I have learned:
- The best way to grow as a reader is to practice reading.
- Memorizing math facts is essential for success
- The more students write about what they have learned, the more likely they are to remember what they learned.
- Even though I have a demanding job, I still have the time to serve God. While I believe I serve God with my job, I need to make sure I give time to His church.
- I would not be successful if it were not for the strength God gave me each and every day.
Things I need to learn:
- I need to motivate unmotivated students. (I do not want to just bribe them).
- I need to motivate unmotivated parents.
- I need to help parents see the importance of their child’s success in school as essential to life.
- I want to be better able to understand the needs students have outside of school, and how to address them.
The areas I want to be more successful at are the ones I have little control over. However, I want to be able to address those things in order to be more successful as an educator. For many students, the only way they will have a chance in life is if those things are addressed.
The next step for me is summer school. I go to training next week, and then I am right back with students again.