Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday's Featured Teacher and Freebie...Meet Emily and Beth

Meet Emily Steffen and Beth Mitchell over at
Who Is Ready to Teach

What do you teach? And where? 

Emily teaches third grade

Beth teaches second and third grade high ability

White Lick Elementary - Brownsburg, IN

What is one of your favorite memories in the classroom?
In the past, both Beth and I have done Service Learning Projects. These opportunities have allowed students' eyes to be opened to the world outside the four walls in the school setting. One year my students made fleece blankets and put together care packages for a Battered Women's Shelter. It was amazing to see how excited the students were to be able to give to the less fortunate and see how important it is to give and not always receive!

What was your hardest experience while teaching? How did you overcome it.
I think the hardest part of teaching is balancing life and your teaching career. We all put so much heart and soul into teaching and sometimes it is very hard to walk away when the outcome you had hoped for is not always what happens. I always try to remember that these students we teach are kids and that they feel the same pressures that we do and that I need to develop lifelong learners.

What advice would you give a new teacher or someone switching grade levels?
Being someone who has taught three grade levels in six years, the best advice I would give is to be open to what has been taught in the past but also that you can add your own special touches to the grade level. The first couple of years is just figuring out the curriculum and then you can start to design units and lessons the way that you feel is best for your students learning.

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