When life wanted to bless you, he gave you a teacher. He is the ultimate gift of God. A teacher is noble, sweet and humble. He gives and knows only to give. A teacher is a visionary, a seer, a sage, a saint.
I made a good number of blunders my first year teaching that still make me cringe. I learned though. And it's fair to say, when it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire.
Most educators have little choice about the (usually) over-crowded, (often) unappealing rooms they teach in -- but they intuitively know that the spaces children spend their time in can have an effect on how they learn.
It's been two decades since my first year in the classroom. I reflect on that time and wish I'd known a few things about myself, about teaching, and about my students.
While teaching may be seen as a low-paying, thankless job by some, those who stick with the profession see that it has the potential to be one of the most rewarding jobs there is.
While teaching is a gift that seems to come quite naturally for some, others have to work overtime to achieve great teacher status. Yet the payoff is enormous — for both you and your students.