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Friday 26 July 2013

10 Things I've learned from Teaching

When I saw this linky as I was blog stalking  undertaking Professional Development I knew I had to link up and share!  So lets get to it!

1.  Never grab a child by the wrist during the Winter months.  The only safe place to touch a child is between the shoulder blades, this is most likely the only place they cannot wipe their nose on.

2.  If a child has a suspicious smell emanating from them but they deny having an "accident"......they are possibly not telling you the truth.

3.  We may be the occupation that is responsible for the destruction of the rainforests.  I try really hard to limit the amount of paper I use in the day and I am more inclined now to email documents and memos as well as use the IWB, yet I still end up with a huge pile of papers on my desk at the end of the week!

4.  Velcro was invented by a lazy parent and I am so thankful for this when I am teaching Kindergarten....but it seems Grade 3 kids can't tie their shoelaces either now, I blame velcro.

5.  Pick your battles!  Students act out for a massive range of reasons and some days are way harder than others, sometimes it is ok to let that student choose to play with blocks quietly in a corner rather than nagging at them to work when they may not be capable of it that day.  At least as long as they are not throwing the blocks :)

6.  Coffee and red wine are legitimate food groups and I definitely need the first to get me into the classroom and the second to get the classroom out of my head.

7.  Laminating is soothing for the's very zen.......that is all

8.  A lunch hour is a myth in the teaching profession.  Who has time to sit and eat when there are so many fun and amusing things to do like....playground duty, marking, checking and replying to emails, planning, calling parents, well I could go on and on.

9.  The hardware store is also a viable teaching supplies resource store.  Think about it, paint chips, storage containers, counting objects, art supplies.

10.  I could never, ever, never want to do another job...unless it involved wearing awesome shoes everyday.

Now it is your turn to link up and share!  Just click on the pic above to go to Miss Kindergarten's blog


  1. Hehe Tania! Great comments - you know I love the red wine comment although chocolate needs to be added to the list! Also love laminating....

    Have a great weekend!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  2. Girl, we were separated at birth!


  3. It's like reading my own 10 things I've learned list!

    Very funny, Tania!

    Have an awesome weekend. :)

    Miss Galvin Learns

  4. You had me at number #1...shoulder blades, SO TRUE!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  5. after the first eewww (wrist comment - never thought of that 'shudder') you had me cracking up, and yes wine is a food group - the most important one on the food pyramid (thankfully kiddo's don't see it when they study the food pyramid.. LOL).

    1. I think it is ok because grapes are a fruit, I just choose to eat them in a liquid form :)

  6. This is too funny, and too true! Thanks for the laugh!

    Blooming In First

  7. Cute list. You are correct about the wine comment. I don't drink wine, so chocolate would replace it. They ARE both from the same food group though- wine is made from GRAPES and chocolate is made from (cocoa) BEANS :)!!!

    Shar W

  8. What a great list--- and all so true!


  9. I love it and personally experienced #2 (pun not intended:)) last year! This made me laugh out loud!

    1. Ewwww, I have experienced this AGAIN just last week, I've lost count!
      Yes I am also talking of a student and not myself. lol

  10. Tania, you gave me the laugh I needed. Thank you so much for being so bloody funny. Every one of these points is so true. I can't even pick my favourite one, they are all equally awesome. Em :)

  11. I needed that laugh! Sad thing is... it is all true!
    JD's Rockin' Readers