It's that time again...yup, time to link up with Farley for her Currently Link up.
So here goes:
Listening: My wife and I are trying to clear off our DVR from over Thanksgiving break (we were out of town), which means catching up on Ellen Show episodes. I love Ellen...like, I would be one of those people who would cry just from meeting Ellen. She might be my idol.
Loving: I'm super sad it's over already, but I love that we had a 5 day weekend. It was just what I needed to rest and recharge before the crazy that is December.
Thinking: I had to change my schedule...again. I'm so tired of all of this mess. I wish people would pick something else to complain about other than my schedule. Sheesh.
Wanting: My wanting kind of ties in to my thinking. I would just like uninterrupted access inside certain peoples' brains. I want to know why they think the way they think, why they feel the way they feel. (Do you know what movie that quote is from? Haha) For real though, I do want to know that.
Needing: It's past 10:00 here...which means I need to go to bed. :-/
Giving: So...some advice that I think we, as teachers, need to hear every once in a while. Elementary teachers teach math, reading, writing, science, social studies, penmanship, citizenship, manners, technology, and lots of other things. That's a lot for anyone to keep track of. We also have to remember, though, that we do not have to know everything about everything. Pick one thing, and get really good at that one thing. Then add another. While you're waiting, ask for help.
I know the 3rd grade math standards like nobody's business. I can tell you what our limits are and what we can and cannot be tested on. And now, I have to learn 4th and 5th grade standards as well. I know who in my school to ask for help. I am slowly learning 4th grade standards, and once I have those, I will get 5th grade's as well. But I am not going to burn myself out by trying to become the master at everything. Not only do my students deserve better, but I deserve better.
Sometimes I think teachers have a constant need to be the best at everything. We all need to remember that it's okay to not be the best at something. It's okay to ask for help. Isn't that what we tell our kids all the time?
Thanks for sticking out this long post. Hope you all have a wonderful December!