As we gather on #FLEdChat - consider how the branches of the military are diverse. The jobs within them are diverse. The people who perform those jobs are diverse. Yet, the effort is unified! Thanks for your service.
A1: When I went to kindergarten, I fell in love with Mrs. Turk. From that moment on, I wanted to teach. Throughout the years, what I wanted to teach has changed, but my passion to be a teacher has not. #FLedChat
A1. I almost finished a B.S. in political science. One day, I was enraptured by the lecture of my advisor and thought, “I want to do what he is doing—teach.” Changed my major that day. I was a semester from graduating. 😁#fledchat
A1 so I am hanging out at the Florida beach and this super wonderful woman who for right now will be referred as @TG_Neil asked me “do you like to do wacky activities with students?” I said that you had me a wacky.” So then boom #FLEdChat
A1. #FLedChat The stars aligndd. I worked with kids for most of my jobs, my mom started teaching middle school when I was in college, and I randomly saw a sign (literally) recruiting teachers. It was destiny 😊
A1. I became an educator to work with kids and a positive influence to them. My past jobs were all associated with working with kids as camp counselors in summer camp. My parents and grandparents were educators so I guess it is in my blood !! #FLEdChat@FlEdChat
Y do I stay ... because it matters. Did the Great American Teach In today ... 11 former students came in to speak ... I taught them in 7th grade ... Stephanie is now an RN. I taught her in 2005 #FLedchat
A3: It has changed over the years. At first I thought my job was to cover the material. Then I thought my job was to build relationships. Now I believe my job is to build relationships while covering the material and being responsive to the needs of my students. #FLedChat
A3) That every decision we make needs to be in the best interest of S's. We have to remember that is why we got in this crazy profession. It can be hard though to stick to this philosophy on those bad days #fledchat
A3. The kids deserve to have people who want to do what is best for them. Even when it means digressing from the planned curriculum to let them pursue learning about things in which they are passionate. #fledchat
#FLEdChat I truly wanted to make a difference in children's lives. I left for about 10 years but returned because I became a mom.... to THAT kid! I try to lift up "that kid" whenever I encounter him/her. #wildkidsneedlovetoo
@dene_gainey A2. The opportunity to change lives in a positive way and help kids through school and being their authentic selves. Things today are not as easy as they use to be for kids...
A3: We have the most important job in the world and we can't let factors like saleries, challenges, paperwork etc stop us from doing what we know in our heart is right for our students. Focus on what we can change instead of complaining about what is not available. #FLEdChat
A4: It took me many years as an educator to truly become a teacher. I do believe there is a subtle difference between the two. Much like the difference between being a mother and being a mom. #FLedChat
A3: I like learning new things and sharing them, I was the crazy tech person years ago. Teaching is just learning in reverse. Teaching is about always learning. When I am done learning, I am done teaching. #FLEDchat
In reality, our students will grow up with or without us. I hope that those that pass through my classroom will leave with a deeper appreciation for the possibilities before them. I hope at least a few of them find something in our time together to hold on to. #FLedChat
Love that perspective. I also feel that nontraditional methods are necessary for some students (or maybe most or all)...I think the goal should be to reach and in the reach we find the teach. #FLEdChat
A4: This one speaks to assessment for me. Do we understand learning cognitively? From a situated perspective? Whatever our answer, how can we use classroom data with our lens to show the “reach”? #FLedChat
A5. The educator in me knows that I will never know it all. And I shouldn’t act like I do. I need to show my humanity by admitting when I don’t know something to my kids. Then we can learn together, or they can teach me. #fledchat
@ChrisGabriel02 Chris, yes teaching is exhausting. The mental aspect affects the physical management. When dealing with multiple personalities and levels of learning mental and sometimes emotional tiredness sets in. #FlEdChat@FlEdChat
A6: A passion for self-awareness. I want everyone around me to be able to realize they have so many choices and don't ever need to settle into a rut. That we could all make our lives what we wanted them to be. The goal is worth the possible struggle. #FLedChat
A4 the issue with teaching is that we never see the real fruits of our labor. Our kids as thriving adults. What happened with me today was did not start this way... just snowballed. As teachers, we need to have a "bring your former students to class days" today was huge #fledchat
A6: I want people to remember me as passionate and kind. One of my kinders told me yesterday “you know more than Google which is good cuz you love Google... and Harry Potter.” And I realized I have come across to them as smart and passionate... which I love! #FLedChat
A5. "The educator in me knows that the works I do today will influence the decisions kids make in the future. Education is one of the rare careers that sometimes we do not see the fruits of our labor, because kids grow into their lives as they get older.