Tuesday, April 10, 2012
One of the things that I did yesterday was catch up on some of my neglected blog reading. I love the blogging world and the ideas that I get from fellow teachers, literacy specialists, and coaches. There are so many wonderful things going on in schools and it amazes me all the shots that are being taken at educators right now. The hard work and dedication to kids that I see each time I read the blogs out there show what you all value and how much you care about your students. (Sorry, hold that thought for another post!)
Yesterday as I was reading the blog, A Year of Reading, I caught a post from Saturday on Newspaper Blackout Poems. I was captured right away! The thinking and creativity involved in this type of poetry would be just the thing to capture the interests of my seventh graders coming back after a week of Spring Break. My "teacher brain" was intrigued. Now to gather enough newspapers for my 100 students!
Quickly, I opened my school email and sent out an all-school request for newspapers. This new idea really got me excited! Even on break, I couldn't help but think about school and my students. My "teacher brain" would not turn off. Not long after I sent out the email, I received a reply. This reply told me to quit thinking about school and enjoy myself this week. Today, I got another response telling me basically the same thing. My "teacher brain" DOES ENJOY finding new ideas to try out with my kids!
This all started me thinking about teachers, literacy specialists, coaches, and the like. Doesn't everyone have a "teacher brain" that continually sifts through information and ideas for school? Is this something that is that unusual? What do you think about having a "teacher brain"?