I am a Teacher - The ABC's of Teaching

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I am a teacher.

I am adventurous. I want my students to come to class wondering what adventure we will have today.  I am constantly searching for ways to engage my students, to make learning fun, and avoid the status quo.

I am aware. I understand that each of my students are individuals who face unique challenges, have individual learning styles, and have their own strengths and weaknesses.

I am a teacher.

I am beloved. I am leaving behind a legacy. The lessons I teach my students will last a lifetime. My students think highly of me and will cherish the time we were able to spend together.

I am big-hearted. I know that many of my students fight personal battles that I cannot begin to fathom. I love my students and wish I could give each of them the life they deserve.

I am a teacher.

I am collaborative. I engage parents, students, community members, and other teachers in the educational process.

I am creative. I resourcefully pull together activities and resources and mold them into engaging lessons that my students respond positively to.

I am a teacher.

I am determined. I will not give up on any student. I will find a way to make a difference. I am relentless in my pursuit of educating every student.

I am diligent. I leave no stone unturned. If there is a way, I will find it. I love every phase of my job and attack each aspect ferociously.

I am a teacher.

I am encouraging.  I talk my students up. I tell them they can do it, when others tell them they can’t. Our mindset is positive. We can accomplish anything.

I am engaging.  I keep my students focused. I have attention grabbers built into every lesson. Once I have them hooked, I know they can and will learn.

I am a teacher.

I am focused.  I have professional goals that I am determined to achieve. I know where I need to get my students, and I have a plan to get them there.

I am friendly. I greet everyone with a smile. I laugh and joke with my students so that they know I am not a robot. I am approachable and easy to talk to.

I am a teacher.

I am grateful.  I do not take for granted the opportunities and tasks that are bestowed on me. It is an honor to work with the students I am given.                                                                                    

I am growing.  I understand my strengths and weaknesses. I am continuously seeking out valuable professional development opportunities to help me improve.

I am a teacher.

I am hard working. I often arrive early and stay late. I am continuously thinking about how to improve and conduct regular research to find tools to do my job better.

I am honest. I do not hide who I am or what I do. I answer each question truthfully and own up to mistakes when I make them.

I am a teacher.

I am inspiring. I want to be an example for my students. I want them to become a better person as a result of the interactions that we have together.

I am interactive.

  My classroom is student centered. We conduct regular hands-on, exploratory activities. My students take ownership in projects and lessons.

I am a teacher.

I am just.  I am always fair. I carefully weigh any decision taking the “who and what” into consideration. No decision is taken lightly.

I am joyful.  I celebrate with my students when they are successful.  This is not limited to my classroom. I believe that all successes should be celebrated jubilantly.

I am a teacher.

I am kind.  I help my students when I know they need assistance. I check on them when they are sick and let them know I care when they lose someone.

I am knowledgeable.  I am a content expert. I understand how to use instructional strategies, regularly incorporate technology, and differentiate instruction to reach every student.

I am a teacher.

I am likable.  I relate well to my students. I work hard to find a common ground. I talk to my students about my hobbies and interests.

I am lucky.  I have been blessed with an opportunity to make an impact. It is not something I take lightly. Every day I have the ability to make a difference.

I am a teacher.

I am modern.  I will not be teaching the same way five years from now. I change with the times and keep things fresh. I am always updating my classroom and methodology.

I am motivating.  I bring out the best in my students. I am ever aware of which students require extra prodding and find ways to reach them.

I am a teacher.

I am noble.  I hold myself accountable for my actions and have high expectations for myself. I strive to set an example by having outstanding character.

I am nurturing.  I foster relationships with my students. I learn which students respond to constructive criticism and which students require a more gentle approach.

I am a teacher.

I am organized.  Everything in my classroom has a place. Organization aids with preparation and ultimately keeps the flow of the classroom going in the right direction.

I am original.  There is only one of me. I am unique. My classroom and my style are my own creation. What I do cannot be duplicated.

I am a teacher.

I am prepared. All my materials are ready to go well in advance of the lesson. I plan for surprises and over plan so that there is little downtime.

I am professional.  I conduct myself appropriately inside and outside of my school. I adhere to each of the professional expectations of my district.

I am a teacher.

I am quick-witted.  I can respond quickly and appropriately to student comments or actions in a manner that quickly diffuses a potentially tense situation.

I am quirky. I can be unconventional, outlandish, and crazy because I know that my students respond positively to that.

I am a teacher.

I am reflective.  I am constantly evaluating my approach and making changes. I reflect on what I can change to make improvements on a daily basis.

I am respectful.  I give respect to each student because I know it is the only way to earn their respect. I value each person as an individual and embrace their differences.

I am a teacher.

I am safe.  Nothing matters to me more than keeping my students safe. I will lay down my own life if necessary. My classroom is a safe haven for all of my students.

I am structured.  I have well-established expectations and procedures. I hold my students accountable for their actions. Distractions are kept to a minimum.

I am a teacher.

I am tactful.  I am diplomatic and choose my words carefully because I know my words can be turned against me. There are times that I bite my tongue because what I have to say can only get me in trouble.

I am thoughtful. I care about those I work with and recognize their contributions. I go out of my way to show my appreciation for my co-workers who do an outstanding job and make mine easier.

I am a teacher.

I am underappreciated.  There are people who discount me because I teach. There are people who do not like me because I teach. My students know my value, and that is what matters to me.

I am unselfish.  I am willing to go the extra mile for my students. I arrive early or stay late to tutor struggling students. I make sacrifices so that my students have every opportunity to be successful.

I am a teacher.

I am valuable.  What I do matters. My students are better off for having me as a teacher.  I bring value in ensuring that every student shows significant gains during their time with me.

I am versatile.  I am able to change my approach to fit the learning styles in my classroom. I can teach multiple subjects across multiple grade levels effectively.

I am a teacher.

 

I am whimsical.  I take advantage of teachable moments. I understand that some of the most memorable lessons will be those that I did not plan to teach.

I am willing.  I will do whatever it takes to ensure that each student is successful. I am willing to find the answers to the tough questions. I am flexible in my approach.

I am a teacher.

I am xenodochial.  I welcome anyone to visit my classroom.  I want to be an integral part of my community and as such I talk to any constituent that I can about our school and education.

I am an X factor.  I am a difference maker. I could be the one teacher with the ability to reach that student that no one has been able to reach before.

I am a teacher.

I am yielding.  I understand that some things are beyond my control. There will be occasional interruptions, and I must be flexible and go with the flow.

I am youthful.  I may get older, but seeing me students learn fuels me. It excites me and invigorates me when a student has an “aha” moment.

I am a teacher.

I am zany.  I am willing to make crazy deals with my students if it motivates them. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty if it pushes my students to put more effort into learning.

I am zealous.  I am passionate about teaching and learning. No one can question my commitment to the profession or to my students.

I AM A TEACHER!