Last week I told the monsters I was doing a professional development to be a better teacher. Many of them kindly responded with, “But you’re already good, Ms. Schwartz” and other similar sentiments. When I quickly replied, “I know.” A bunch of them groaned or made noises to imply that I was bragging. I tried to explain that I am allowed to know what I am good at but they had little fits about being full of one’s self.
Well, I say screw that. We don’t do enough recognizing of our strengths. So if you read this here or on twitter or on facebook my request this week is that you reply with something (or multiple things) you are good at. Here I go:
I am really good at making connections with kids.
Personal Stuffs: I am really starting to make a life here and I love it.
Classroom Stuffs: Matrices with freshman and Polynomials with sophomores.
Personal Change: I didn’t walk last week and I would like to do something this week.
Classroom Change: I’d like to incorporate “things I am good at” into each of my classes somehow this week.
Reading: I’m listening to old Susan Grafton novels. I’ve so far heard, “A” is for Alibi and “B” is for Burglar. Also, I’m reading Much Ado about Nothing for the students’ book group.
Watching: More Amy Schumer and a couple more episodes of Daredevil.
Your assigned reading: Just for fun. Six word love stories.