Thursday, May 26, 2011

Things I Have Learned

We only have a few more days left and I have been doing a lot of reflecting about this year and started planning for next year.  Life in Special Education is having a "What I have Learned" Linky Party and  I wanted to share.

1.  My classroom might never be perfect and that is ok.  I might always have a big stack of stuff on my desk, anchor charts everywhere, I might hang things and they will not be perfectly straight, and not everything will match. I have learned to accept this.

2. You have to be consistent.  Everyone tells you this but you never realize how important it is until you are in the classroom with your kids.  They need to know what to expect.

3. They are just kids.  I need to have high expectations for them (academic and behavior) but I can't let myself become overly frustrated with them for their mistakes (Lord knows I make plenty!). 

4. Plan, plan, plan.  You need to have a good plan for the day-this keeps everyone from becoming frustrated.  BUT- you have to be flexible and do what works for your kids.  It is ok to diverge from the plan when the plan isn't effective.

5.  Enjoy your kids! Take the time to talk to them and really (yes really) listen.  Asking them about something they told you a few days ok can make a child feel so important and build that relationship that is so important.

6. Laugh!  Laugh with your kids, at yourself, and with your co-workers. 


  1. Hi Katie,
    I enjoyed reading "what you've learned" today. My little icon is the scientist with the large test tube! I hope you have a great summer.
    Amy (aka Science Stuff)

  2. Laughing and very important! I loved reading your list...sounds like we may have a lot in common!

  3. What a great list! I can identify with #1 especially. I came to terms with my classroom a few years ago. Although, I don't think there are as high of expectations to have a neat/organized classrooms for high school teachers as there might be for elementary teachers. But I can always identify with those who don't have "perfect" classrooms; that just means we're busy with teaching, grading, working with kids, rather than obsessing over a neat room, right!? :)