One Swainky Couple: Reflections on Being a Teacher + My Classroom

Monday, August 28, 2017

Reflections on Being a Teacher + My Classroom


K: Today marks the first day of school! I'm excited to share a few pictures of my classroom because it's where I spend the majority of my day! Decor is really important to me, despite teaching at the high school level and I still want my students to feel welcomed and at home in my room. I've had the turquoise and green color scheme since I started teaching (this is my third year now) and even though my room is simple, it's amazing what a pop of color will do to make it feel more put together. 



Additionally today, I wanted to share a few reflections that I've had over the past few days and weeks as the school year comes to a start. I get a little sentimental at this time of year, mostly because I just love it so much and am excited about all of the wonderful things that will take place in my classroom. I'll go ahead and apologize for the length of my "essay" below, but I am an English teacher, after all! Please feel free to leave a comment, ask a question, or just let me know what you think! 


Reflections on Being a Teacher

"What do you do for a living?" 
      Everyone is probably asked this question, multiple times in their life. I always pause before I give my answer because there's so much that I could say. I manage to give the simplistic response of, "I'm an English teacher" every single time. However, I feel as though more of an explanation is needed for anyone to be able to understand my career and the ins and outs of a job that most people would dub as "easy." Spoiler alert: we don't just drink coffee and call it a day at 3:00...
     What do I do for a living? I form leaders. I challenge students in more ways than one. Not only to be better readers and writers, but better citizens, better friends, better human beings. I make students think about their choices and the consequences that accompany them. Whether it's the choice to complete an assignment, or the choice of which college to attend the next year, I require greatness and effort, because my students are more than capable of exceeding expectations and accomplishing great things. I force them to think about the world in which they live. Not only that, but I ask them to contemplate the ways in which we can make it better. 
      I am blessed to spend five days a week with the brightest and most energetic bunch of seniors. These high school students influence me every single day with witty thoughts, innovative ideas, kind words, and ultimately give me hope for the future. 
      Although I'm only on my third year teaching, I've witnessed the most incredible things from these teenagers. I've seen wallflowers become vibrant and vivacious. I've seen know-it-alls become humbled at the amount that they do not know. I've seen relationships begin, end, and transform. I've seen what a difference a smile can make and just how important friendship is. I've seen the bad things too: the lies to my face, cheating, deception, and ugliness. I've seen students who are dealing with poverty, privilege, academic pressure, life-threatening health issues, broken homes, and bad relationships. But through the bad, the positive days always outshine the negative. 
     Like any job, some days can be tough (I hate giving tests just as much as they hate taking them). This doesn't take away from the fact that I have one of the best jobs in the world. I feel immensely blessed to teach and influence these wonderful students. They truly astound me. To everyone who thinks the younger generation is hopeless...let me tell you that is not true. The younger generation is passionate, intelligent, caring, tolerant, and unique. They are full of hope and new ideas on how the world should be. I am humbled to be near them and experience life with them. I may be a teacher, but I find that my students are the ones who teach me every single day. 

25 comments:

  1. Being a teacher is such a rewarding job! 3 of my best friends are teachers and I just love hearing about their every day at work and LOVE seeing how they decorate their classrooms every year!

    Rosy Outlook

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    1. How fun! It really is the best, but of course I'm biased! Thanks for stopping by Kelly!

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  2. I love classroom tours! I always thought I'd become a school teacher when I was growing up, so I feel like it's a little peak into what could have been.
    My english teachers were always great and it's impressive that you can make or break a kid's love for reading and writing. Shaping people!
    -Kristen
    www.pugsandpearls.com

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    1. Aww thank you Kristen!! I love it so much and I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it!!

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  3. When I was younger I would always play teacher with my cousin & I loved "dressing" the classroom up!! I love the look and feel of your room! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. Your classroom looks so cute! I love the color scheme and the turquoise and green flowers on the board are such a cute detail! Hope the first day of school goes well for you!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  5. First, your classroom is so cute! And second, I love that you shared more about your profession. I think it really shows how much you love your job and care about what you do!

    Taylor | www.livingtaylored.com

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    1. Thank you so much Taylor!! I appreciate you noticing that :)

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  6. I absolutely love your classroom! It is fun! I can definitely feel your passion for teaching. Wonderful teachers like yourself are so important.

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  7. Awww so lovely to read this <3 My mom is a teacher too and she's always telling me these things. God bless!

    Enclothed Cognition

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  8. Your classroom has so much wonderful inspiration in it! I can tell you really loving touching children's lives. I would love for my kids to have you as a teacher. Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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    1. Thank you very much! I do love it and am thankful to be doing this every day!!

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  9. This was amazing to read Katherine. You're doing incredible things everyday! These students are lucky to have you as your teacher! Keeping being amazing! <3

    xoxo Meli

    www.simplymeli.com

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  10. Aw I love your classroom! You did such a great job decorating. We need good English teachers out there so keep up the fab job!!
    xx
    Courtney || https://courtneylivin.com/

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  11. How fun to see inside your classroom and hear about your passion. It's clear that you feel very passionate about it! Thanks for sharing!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  12. Love that you're forming leaders, and the inspiration around the room is wonderful <3
    Green Fashionista

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  13. You have a beautiful classroom! I love how you decorated and keep it so colorful =o)

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

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  14. Your classroom is so cute! Just being a few years out of college, I bet it is so much fun to encourage the seniors to get ready for their time! I loved reading this post. Those students are so lucky to have a fun teacher like you!

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    1. Oh thank you so much!! That makes me happy to hear :)

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  15. Great post! I like all the details and the ideas!
    Mens Watches Online India

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  16. You're room is adorable! You're love for teaching really shows through. Have a great start to the new year!

    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  17. Love your classroom and your passion for teaching! I always wanted to be a teacher growing up so I always love getting a peak inside teacher's lives!

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    1. Yay!! Thank you Laura! Appreciate you stopping by :)

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