(Part of @teachthought 30-day Reflective Teaching Blogging Challenge) more info here.
Day 8: "What's in your desk drawer, and what can you infer from its contents?"
As I looked through my desk drawers on a visit over to school this weekend, I found the typical desk contents that most teachers wouldn't think to write a blog post about.
And then, I found what I was looking for ...... and more.
Let's start with the common, expected, teacher-type desk materials. From this list, I can infer that I'm a fairly organized person with many supplies at hand.
* Paper clips
* Thank You Notes & Envelopes
* Lanyard & whistle
Then, more importantly, I found what I was looking for: a few folders of papers, cards, photographs, and other items from the last 19 years of teaching.
It's what my principal calls the "Atta-boy" file, or in my case the "Atta-girl" file. The collection of positive moments that help you remember why you're a teacher. The photos that help you piece together a time gone by. The drawings, misspelled notes, and handmade items that you cannot possibly think of throwing away.
I was amazed at what I had forgotten in these 3 folders:
*Photographs & items from when I did my student-teaching at the elementary school I had attended
*Notes and pictures from my first year teaching special education and gifted classes
*Multitudes of pictures ranging from field trips, newspaper clippings, baby showers, bulletin boards, and student picture-day exchanges
*Thank you notes from students and parents
*Coloring pages from my own daughters
*A few examples of my favorite things from when I was in elementary school and realized that I wanted to be a teacher
It's great to look through these memories and remember that the collection of them have made me into the teacher I am today.
|"The ABC's of School", a rainbow poem, and my desk nametag from at least 30 years ago|
|One of my favorite pictures of my daughters from over 10 years ago, and their artwork|
|Notes from my first year students ('95-'96), and a note from my mom when I finished my Masters in 2012|
|A picture with a former student at her high school graduation party (2011), and her picture from 4th grade.|