The Little (Big) Things

The Little (Big) Things

As a teacher, the end of the year can often be a stressful time. You’re trying to be there for the students, but also get ready for next year. There’s always last minute decisions that need to be made, paper work to finish, and in my case this year, room changes and grade changes as well. It’s easy to get caught up in everything that needs to get done, and forget that the year isn’t over yet.

This year, I’ve made a real effort to be here now for my students until the very last day of school. I’m very excited about my grade change for next year, but I’m also going to miss my time down in Grades 1 and 2. I have an incredible class of students and parents, and saying “goodbye” to them this week is going to be a very hard thing to do. So I’m going to enjoy my time with my fantastic group until the very last day of school. 

I’m going to remember to take the time to really stop, watch, and enjoy the little things in life that make me love teaching. Last week, I had great reminders of these “little things”:

1) There was watching this video that two of my students recorded when I had some visiting teachers from the Halton Catholic District School Board. I love seeing just how much my students have grown as thinkers and learners. It’s great to hear them explain what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. It’s wonderful how they’re independently solving problems as they arise, and helping each other throughout the process. My goal as a teacher is to have independent, self-sufficient learners, and these students are definitely that!

2) There’s seeing my students cheering when they’re going to guided reading, or having literacy centres, or working together during math centres. They are happy and excited to learn together, even though there’s only four days left of school. The fact that they get this thrilled about school also makes me thrilled! Students should want to learn, and these students do!

3) There’s watching one of my students with autism walk up on the stage on her own during the Primary Choir Performance, and sing and dance along with her friends. With no preparation for this, she went and did what the other students did, and she sang every word and performed every action. Wow! I couldn’t have been prouder. I only wish that I had a camera with me at the time to record this remarkable moment!

For the teachers out there, what are the little things in life that make you love teaching? For the parents out there, what are the little things in life that make your children love school? I think that we all need to take a minute to appreciate these little (big) things!


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  1. Aviva, there are so many things that make me love being a teacher. At the moment my heart sings every time my students read and comment on each others blogs. The comments clearly show that they are reading what their friends are writing, and that they are thoughtfully adding to the conversation. Did I mention most of this is happening while they are at home?

    I also love how my students are giving their best effort, and aren’t giving up even when faced with a challenge. They are keen, eager learners that are INTERNALLY motivated too. I love it!

    There are so many reasons why I love what I do. We are very lucky to be inspired by those that we work so closely with. How many people can say that on a daily basis?

  2. Aviva, my name is Blake Baugh. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I have been assigned to comment on your blog. I will also be summarizing my visits to your blog with posts to my own blog Our class bolg is After reading you most recent post, it is obvious you love teaching and really care for your students. It is truly wonderful to hear that you have students who enjoy learning as much as you do teaching. When I start teaching, I also hope to have students who enjoy learning. I as agree that we all need to take time to appreciate all the little moments that mean so much.

  3. Greetings,

    My name is Anna Zhuo and I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I am currently a K-6 Teacher Education major!

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I can relate to your post in many ways! It reminds me of the time when I had to make grade level changes and stop working with children. I worked as an after-school group leader for an elementary school. At first, I worked with Kindergartners and then I had to change to 1st grade. After working with my Kindergarten group for a year, it was hard to move away from them. Luckily, I got to choose which grade I would like to work with the following year. I chose the first grade because I knew I would get the same children from Kindergarten. I wanted to stay with them and watch them learn. I also want to be the one to help them continue learning. It was definitely harder to let go when I decided to move away from the state. At this point, I was with them for 2 years and familiar with the parents. There was an established relationship and it’s hard to break away from it. It’s kind of like having a best friend moving away from you.

    The little things are what reminds us why we love to teach! It also reminds us how we can help and change people’s lives. It’s definitely a great feeling when we can change people’s lives and be the one who will guide them through the learning process. The children I had for 2 years is the constant reminder for me in why I want to become a full-fledged teacher. They are eager to learn something new. When I look at some of the gifts and cards I received, it showed me how much I changed their life. It also showed me what kind of impact I made. They learned how to write better, draw, and etc. They also thank us for what we do for them.

    I thank them for making me realize who I want to be and why. They are the reason why I switched out of Nursing major to a K-6 major. That’s the impact they have one me. I cannot wait until I become a teacher!

    Sorry for my continuous rambling! Thank you for this great post. It was a great reminder and the tips about changes are good too! I will definitely remember to make an effort to “be here now” for my students even if there is a lot going on at the end of the year.

    I usually ask a question at the end of my comments! If you don’t mind, I am very curious! What made you want to become a teacher? People have different answers so I’m very curious about yours!

    Thank you again! 🙂

    Anna Zhuo

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