Have you always taught third grade at Huth Road School or have you taught different grades
I have always taught third grade here. Third grade is perfect for me
because the kids are old enough that you can teach them really hard things,
like hard writing skills. They have a lot of stamina to read and write for a
long time but they are not too old. They’re not too wise yet. They are still
very into school. They are just the perfect age, very competent and capable but
not to the point where school is not something they want to do. I hope that I
can stay with third grade. For right now, it’s a good place to be.
As a teacher, what brings you
kids don’t understand something and then they work hard to master something and
then they master it. They master it in such a way that they can teach it to
someone else. That is the greatest thing ever. If you can teach someone
something, then you have truly learned it. I love when that happens. In this
curriculum, I am teaching them a lot of things that they don’t know, especially
in reading, where they are learning new strategies, and in math. We don’t do
much of the rote stuff anymore. The kids can really learn, even something that
you don’t expect that they are able to do. I’ll even say, “I’m going to ask you
a really hard question right now.” And they get it, and I say, “Good for you!”
It’s really exciting when that happens.
I see that your room looks
bright and cheery and that you have a set of hand painted chairs. Tell me about
like color in my classroom. These were plain brown chairs. The pizza chair was
painted by students in 2008. The others, I did one at a time. We have different
names for them. It’s fun for the kids. I’m all about keeping it fresh. We are here for a long day, and I like to have
it looking nice. I like to have things for the kids to remember and to look at.
Jeanne Percival (another third grade
teacher at Huth Road School) and I are very similar teachers. We always do a
project for the windows. It gives the kids ownership in the classroom. I like
them to see their work. Every month, they put up something. It is a neat way to
see how they progress over the school year.
One kid started the year not using punctuation. She can do that now.
5 thoughts on “Teacher stories 6: A classroom full of color”
I loved reading this- and was pleased that she recovered from her trauma at being reassigned schools. I know many teachers who never have.
And, I am certainly with her recommendations for parents.
Mrs. Lipp is an outstanding teacher! I completed the majority of my observation hours in her classroom while I was in college to earn my own degree. I am now a teacher in Virginia. I believe I am the teacher I am today because of watching teachers like Mrs. Lipp throughout the years!
just a great post;; my children have had good teachers too always and some definitely wonderful teachers who i know will inspire such posts (maybe i should follow your lead!)
you are one blog i will be returning to after UBC..
Great post! Good teachers are so important! I've enjoyed volunteering in all my kids' classrooms during elementary school. Those days are over because they don't want me in middle or high school (but I did get one of my high schoolers to volunteer in his brother's middle school class…). I found the part about looping from K to 1st interesting. Two of my kids had the chance to loop…one was in a multiage class so the teacher taught 1st and 2nd. The other was with the same teacher for two years. Then we had two teachers that had my older two two years in a row (1st and 4th). I miss those days…my oldest is starting to look at colleges now!
How beautiful, Lil Di, as she once was called by her many college buddies. I had no idea you were teaching. This is a lovely story. I miss your smiling face and hearty laugh. Job well done. Please keep in touch. Love, Miss Jane. Still teaching…33 years��