Saturday, July 20, 2013

Summer Inspiration

Alright, so, recently I have been on a HUGE "better-myself-as-an-educator-by-reading-and-watching-educational-contented-material" kick (okay... Take a breath, whooo) and after what I watched tonight, I just had to share! 
Today, I was at the Christmas Tree Shops (which if you've never been, you need to go!! Tons of awesome stuff for the classroom or home for CHEAP!!) and found the movie "The Emperor's Club" (on sale for $4.99, I mean really, how could I pass that up?!) in the movie bin. I thought I had seen it before but could t remember for sure. 
Anyway, this movie is (of course) about the impact a teacher has on the students he has over the years in class. As I watched it, I couldn't help but have tears well up behind my eyes thinking about this profession I have chosen to make my own. I truly cannot put into words what being an educator means to me. Even though it is an all-consuming, life-altering occupation, I truly cannot imagine devoting my life to anything else. I guess you could say I am looking forward to this school year already (don't get me wrong, I LOVE my summer break and the freedom I have) and am itching to get back to the students and the daily, hourly and even moment-by-moment challenges that come with this beloved career. I have survived the dreaded first year of teaching and all that comes with it. This being my second year, I can see my weaknesses in my instruction last year and truly want to improve my craft and talents and be the best teacher I can be for these kiddos that will walk through my classroom door. 
As I mentioned before, I have also been doing some educational reading as well. Two of my colleagues have been telling me about this book written by Rafe Esquith called "Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire" and so I decided I'd get myself a copy and see what all the hype is about. 
I have only just started reading this and I can already tell it is truly going to challenge what I have always thought to be "effective" in terms of discipline, management and student achievement. 
I have also picked up the book, "Waiting for 'Suprrman'" by various authors, edited by Karl Weber. I know it's been made into a movie but not having seen it, I'm curious as to what it holds. 
Stay tuned for reviews of these books. Oh, some of my coworkers think I've give insane BUT I've been doing TONS of crafting for my classroom already (thank you Pinterest!!) Check back in for a possible "Monday Made It" post of all my goodies :)
Have a wonderful night!

Ms. P


  1. I loved "Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire". Such a good book. I haven't read "Waiting for Superman", but I watched the documentary and sat in my living room crying like a crazy woman. It made me sad, but also hopeful.

    1. I still have to finish TLYHOF, and I'm slightly nervours about WFS, but I'm interested at the same time!