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A Letter to My Future Self
I hope you have found joy and passion behind what you do. How is everything? Is it like you expected? Do your students make you laugh everyday? I’m sure it has been a rollercoaster of emotions.
I have so many questions, but I want you to remember where it all started…
Hopefully by the time you are visiting this letter you are Ms. Kaelyn or Ms. Kato (whatever you have decided). I have A LOT of advice to give you and I’m sure you are reading this questioning how good this advice may be, but trust me I’ve learned quite a lot from these past couple of CRAZY years. First let’s talk about why you wanted to become a teacher in the first place…
You have always loved kids… even when you were one. Even though times in the classroom may be tough, stick to it! Become the positive influence that you have always wanted your students to have in their life.
When looking back at your own personal experience with teachers, there was always that one teacher that had the most impact on you. Remember her name? You knew, from the moment you stepped foot into her classroom, that she would change your outlook on life. You wanted to be a great teacher just like her. Don’t forget how much of an impact she had on your education experience.
You’ve always had a passion to be creative from the moment you could hold a colored pencil! The first piece of advice I give you is to… let that creativity flow into your students! If you ever forget the importance of creativity, watch this video.
Of course teaching is gonna have its ups and downs, but remember how silly and fun your students can be!
The second piece of advice I give to you is that it’s okay to not be everyones favorite teacher! You are so excited to become a teacher, but just know that you cannot please every one of your students. I’m sure you will try and try to be the best teacher ever, but believe in yourself and the students will have trust in you.
Lastly, remember how much of an impact classroom community has on the students! You have always wanted your students to feel safe in the classroom, so do as much as you can to build a great foundation for trust and positive relationships.
Remember, stay true to yourself and the rest will fall in place… eventually. YOU GOT THIS!
Future Ms. Kaelyn… or Ms. Kato (still haven’t decided).