Lessons from the Field: Interview with Mrs. Bluebird

This post is part of the The Teachers Certification Map’s “lessons from the field”, a series of posts featuring passionate, inspiring educators from across the country discussing some of the lessons that they have learned over the years that would help young teachers as they embark on their careers.

Mrs. Bluebird, an educator and blogger atBluebird’s Classroom, is a 7th Grade Science in Clarksville, TN, who has been teaching for nine years. Bored with the corporate business world, she decided to make the jump into education.

Below is our interview with Mrs. Bluebird:

Q: What inspired you to teach?

A: I was bored to death with the corporate world (I have a B.S. in business management), and I had a desire to do something meaningful. Hubby and I don’t have children of our own so this is my way of getting my “kid fix”, and helping make the world a better place. I truly believe I was “called ” to teach – the hand of God played a big role in leading me down this path.

Q: What classroom methods are most helpful in pushing students towards their goals?

A: Coming from the corporate world where the ability to work with others is HUGE, I do a lot of cooperative learning and group work. My students even sit at tables of four, rather than the traditional desks. If they can learn to work with others, they’ll be better employees and that’s really what I’m hoping to produce – kids who will grow up and be employable somewhere down the line. I’ve also found, at least for this age group, that traditional notes isn’t as effective as “foldables” such as Dinah Zike does. All my kids take notes in a foldable format which is also a manipulative.

Q: What is the one thing you wish you’d known when you started in the classroom?

A: It is physically exhausting. Forget fashion, your best investment is a couple of pairs of really good shoes. That means spending some money, but if you take care of them, they’ll last. They are worth their weight in gold because you NEVER sit down. You will be bone tired by the end of the school year. It pays dividends to make time to exercise, lay off the fast food, and eat healthy.

Q: What did your training teach you that was most helpful in preparing you to enjoy and thrive in a classroom today?

A: About the only thing that I felt was truly worthwhile was some of the classroom management stuff. If you can’t manage a classroom, you’ll never get to teaching content.

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This is a guest post from our journalist Alex J. Mann.  You can subscribe to his blog hereand follow him on Twitter here.