Helo! I wanted to link up with my sweet friend, Miss DeCarbo, last night but yesterday was our wedding anniversary! :) So I'm linking up tonight, I don't think she'll mind. :)
Earlier this year, I went to a painting class with some of my friends. While I had fun with the girls, it was a horrible experience for me. The teacher moved too fast, stood in awkward positions that didn't allow me to see what she was doing, and played music a little too loud so I couldn't hear her directions clearly. Additionally, there were "helpers" that walked around and rather than help me, they deflated me by saying things like "Just what are you trying to do here?" I felt extremely frustrated the entire time. The pace of the class was way too fast and I couldn't keep up. I was constantly several steps behind. I couldn't wait for it to be over.
On the way home, it hit me. The frustration I felt must be how some of my students, especially my strugglers, must feel on a daily basis. Since my painting is what you would say beautiful, I was tempted to throw it away. Instead, I hung it up in my classroom as a reminder. As a reminder to slow down, to give clear directions, and to be patient with my students. It reminds me daily just how frustrating learning/trying something can be. Daily it inspires me to be a better teacher.
I know this isn't a very Wordless Wednesday, so sorry Christina, but I DO have a question for you.
Do you have anything in your classroom, a picture, quote, or a special memento, that inspires you to be a better teacher?