Tell all Tuesday: Top 10 things Teaching Taught Me


Welcome back to Tell all Tuesday, hosted by the fabulous Teach Talk Inspire and My Day in K. This week's focus: Teacher Top Ten.

10. Be Patient. I can't stress this enough. You will develop more patience than you ever thought possible.

 9. Overplan. You never know what surprises may come your way or how fast some may finish. Have backup!

8. Be flexible. Fire drill at 8:30? It happens. Someone gets sick on the meeting rug? Yep, that'll happen to. Be flexible.

7. Know your parents, mind your P's and Q's, and do your best. You won't make every parent happy all the time, but you may find out on the last day of school how much you really mean to a certain parent. Do your best and enjoy the rest.

6. You are not there to be their friend. But forming positive relationships with your students will make your life a whole lot easier. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.

5. Get stain remover. You'll use it. And if you have a last minute "jeans day," you'll want a teacher shirt to enjoy it in. Both are always a good investment.

4. Assume nothing. Don't assume your students come into kindergarten knowing how to hold scissors, line up, or even sit down. Teach EVERYTHING. Just start with the goal of teaching every little skill and if they master it quickly, more power to you.

3. Yeah, get good shoes. Those bargain shoes may be adorable and cheap, but how will your feet feel at the end of the day? Especially the first few weeks, wear good shoes.

2. Trust your gut. You know your kids. Do what you know to be right for them.

1. They are adorable, even the one that makes you exhausted. You will fall in love with each and every one of them. Keep a notepad handy to write down all the lovey and funny moments so you can revisit them on a tough day. Enjoy this time with them. It is much shorter than it seems in October.


  1. #3...yes!!! Comfortable shoes are a must!!
    Moore to Learn

  2. #4...ain't that the truth? A good friend says on day one "They know absolutely nothing...yet!"

  3. Love your list! Especially love the idea to write down little things about students! Good idea for a stressful day!

  4. You really created an awesome list! So many of your lessons are right on point!! I love #3, luckily I get to wear sneakers. #4 couldn't be more true, most of my kinders come to me without being able to recognize, read, or write their own name. I think my favorite lesson of yours is to write down the good things that happen so that you can revisit them on a rough day, because there will be rough days!!
    Thank you so much for sharing such great lessons with us, they were so great to read!!

    Kindergarten Dragons


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