Academic journal article Childhood Education

Inspiration Espresso

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Inspiration Espresso

Article excerpt

At the elementary school where I taught 4th grade last year, I befriended a caring and hardworking co-worker, a veteran teacher named Alicia Herrera. One day, she asked me if my enthusiastic teaching derived from my vitamin energy drink. I asked her if her boundless efforts came from her coffee ... and we chuckled. We found this humorous because it takes a lot more than caffeine to take on the daily wave of responsibilities that teachers want to address.

A classroom should be an educationally stimulating environment at all times. Teachers are expected to attend workshops and faculty meetings, complete lesson plans, organize materials, implement technology, document attendance, review student work, make bulletin boards, compute grades, complete report cards, and communicate with parents, among many other responsibilities. Meanwhile, students need to see the very best that their teachers can offer ... a teacher who is not only enjoying, but loving their profession. In order for teachers to be constantly motivated to go beyond mediocre and strive for the extraordinary, they must be inspired.

Teachers find joy in the school day by appreciating moments that represent their favorite aspects of their profession. For me, making activities as fun as possible is rewarding because that helps the students enjoy learning. Fraction strips, pipe insulation roller coasters, mock government roles, and other interactive activities spice up lessons and make work exciting for students. …

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