"In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked some of our Teacher Champions to take a moment to reflect on their unique experiences in the classroom and share their thoughts..."
Tell a story about the funniest thing that’s happened to you in the classroom
In my first year of teaching, I had a tough class that I needed to teach about the Alamo. I decided to teach it by fighting the battle of the Alamo with paper wads, and we tipped over desks and chairs while setting up the students for a historically appropriate outcome. That was the day my principal and the district social studies curriculum director decided to do an impromptu drop-in and were immediately pegged with paper wads. Luckily, my students immediately incorporated them into the battle explaining the imbalance of numbers, the reasons the Alamo was falling and the historical premise…and this is why I’m an educator today. I LOVE coming up with crazy ways to engage and motivate students into learning while having fun. I sometimes feel like this is my superpower; the ability to simplify learning while keeping it fun – almost tricking the learners into understanding new concepts! Watching the light bulb go on still excites me daily whether I am working with students, teachers, or administrators.