A Little Something for Teacher Appreciation

Teachers.  The group of people I hold most dear to my heart.  Not just because I myself am one, but because I know first hand the time and effort you put into educating young people.  I know it takes hours of preparation and constant reflection.  Teaching is not easy.

So, thank you.  Thank you for all  you do.

To show you how much I appreciate you, I am joining with a few of my blogging friends to bring you a care package filled with fun teacher treats and resources that will help to make your job a little brighter.

All you need to do is comment on my blog telling me what you LOVE about teaching.  What is it that gets you up in the morning and propels you through your day of instruction?   Then, fill in the Rafflecopter by May 5 at 9pm PST and you will be entered.  Once the Rafflecopter closes, a winner will be chosen and I will send the entire Teacher Appreciation pack to one teacher by mail!

What is awesome is that you will immediately get a $25 giftcode for TpT to use in the sale!  Here are the two hard copies of items you will get.  But if you don't win, click the links to add them to your cart!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Cart/Add/193324
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End of the Year POET-TREE!
So there you have it.  Easy peezy.  I just really wanted to show you how much I appreciate you....and this is one small way to do it.  Thank you for following me on my blogging journey.  I could not be here without you reading and commenting.  Thank you teachers.
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408 comments

  1. I love seeing the progress, however big or small, that students make every day. I also love discovering what makes each of my students special so I can figure out how they learn best.

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  2. I love teaching because i love to see children smile when they learned something new

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  3. I love teaching because i love to see children smile when they learned something new

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  4. I love teaching because I love the possibility to inspire.

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  5. Teaching inspires me to bring the love for exploration, discovery, questioning, and creativity from all of my students especially those students who don't believe in their talents and abilities.

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  6. I love teaching because the kids make it worth all the hard work!

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  7. Excited! I love teaching ( I am a second career teacher, and can't believe that I didn't start here!) Thank you for all your hard work and creativity!! You have certainly made my first years in the classroom fun, and a lot easier!!

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  8. I love teaching because the kids are so amazing and so eager to learn.

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  9. I love teaching because I love to see the light in a child's eyes when they finally understand something.

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  10. I love making my students happy. I love showing them how amazing and smart they are. Best. Job. Ever.

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  11. I love finding engaging lessons and having kids reach that aha moment!

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  12. I love teaching because I want to inspire the next generation of scientists!

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  13. I love teaching because I know that I'm making a difference. I love being a teacher!

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  14. I love teaching because I believe this is where God put me to share love. Kiddos are so much more than a test score and where I teach they need us to be everything to them. It is so challenging, but seeing the light bulbs of the kids we truly reach is priceless.

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  15. There is so much that I love about teaching! The number 1 thing, the kids. To see their beautiful smiles and getting those "good mornings," "see you tomorrow,", "I love you!", and all the other awesome things that they say, is so worth every minute of my job.

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  16. I love to see my students get excited about learning.

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  17. I love teaching because of the amazing young minds I get to work with every day.

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  18. I love, love, love watching my students learn new things!
    Thank you for hosting this give-away.

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  19. I love the "light bulb moments." They make everything worth it!

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  20. I love teaching because I get to make a difference in a students life every single day! I love being able to see my impact on their lives and their impact on mine!

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  21. I love the joy that kids bring to the classroom everyday! I also love that every day is different!

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  22. I teach, because I love spending my days with children. Their curiosity, excitement, and sponge-like ability to soak up knowledge brighten each day. That is what drives me to push farther and try new ideas each year.

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  23. I love that every day is different! Watching the kids grow and overcome challenges is so rewarding!

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  24. I love to watch a child grow in so many ways throughout a year!

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  25. I love that every day is different! Watching the kids grow and overcome challenges is so rewarding!

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  26. I love that every day is different. Also, I love when my students ask me questions I don't know the answer to...it shows me they are thinking and then we learn something together. :-)

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  27. I love seeing the progress my students make!

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  28. I love teaching because I like to instill a love for reading in my students!

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  29. I love the creativity, the challenge, the school supplies (I am an ADDICT), the kids, the collaboration and the collegiality! Going into my 25th year and still loving it!

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  30. I teach to help ignite a spark in someone's learning.

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  31. I love when student get that light bulb! That they see that they can do it. There is nothing like that smile on their face!

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  32. I love teaching because I love when a student final gets something and has the light bulb moment!

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  33. I love seeing students succeed at something that was previously challenging for them!

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  34. I love building a rapport with my students and watching them grow over the school year!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  35. I love teaching because my students and I laugh together everyday!

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  36. I love teaching because I love building relationships with kiddos and getting to watch them grow and flourish! They become MY kiddos so quickly and it doesn't end when the school year ends. I love watching them grow and grow! :)

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  37. I love watching the growth and thinking of ways to make next year even better!

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  38. I love helping students find their way in the world.

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  39. It's more than a profession...it's a calling. To see my students "get it", to watch their successes, to see their excitement when learning something they love...or are starting to love, and to have my students come back and tell me how they are doing...this is why I love teaching.

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  40. I love teaching because I love building personal relationships with my students.

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  41. This is exciting and so much fun! Thank you!

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  42. I love teaching because it allows me to never stop learning!

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  43. I love bringing to my kids a love of reading!

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  44. I teach for the light bulb of a student who finally realizes something new or their fullest potential.

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  45. I love getting to know each of "my" kids and I love the opportunity to reflect and get better each year!

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  46. I love teaching because I can share my love of learning with others.

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  47. I love the payoff of seeing students engaged in a lesson that I worked really hard on and the progress they make throughout the year.

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  48. I love teaching because of the small but big differences we make daily in their progress towards learning something new. Many of my students are disadvantaged, and when they experience success it always brings a smile to my face!

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  49. I love teaching because it is challenging and it is never dull.

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  50. I teach Language Arts and I love helping students see themselves as competent writers. When they start to read like a writer and use techniques that our mentor authors use, I get absolutely giddy!

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  51. I love teaching because I love seeing students "get it".

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  52. I love seeing the progress that they have made throughout the year, academically and emotionally. I also love to see their passion and excitement for learning/reading grow.

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  53. I love teaching because I was talked out of pursuing an education major as a high school student - 20 years later I went back and got a Masters in teaching. The past 7 years as a second career teacher have been the most rewarding professionally of anything I had done previously. I get the chance to share my love of learning, think on my feet and show my students how much I care about them.

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  54. I love that every day is different!!! I also love that I can be a positive role model in the eyes of my students.

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  55. I love teaching because I adore their looks of excitement when they learn something new or when they grasp a difficult concept. :)

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  56. I love teaching because I love making a difference in children's lives. Elizabeth Gremillion - egremi@neisd.net

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  57. There are so many reasons why I love to teach, but the most important reason I love to teach is because I love when kids finally get ignited and have a passion for learning! I love your blog!

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  58. I just love sharing a little of their life with them.

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  59. I like seeing the light bulb go on for kids.

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  60. I love when they accidentally call me mom

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  61. such a great give away and blog! Happy teacher appreciation week!

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  62. I love seeing them grow and change.

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  63. I love seeing the "light bulb" moments when you can almost physically see them learning and growing.

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  64. I love teaching because the kids make it all worth it. There are always hard days and the work load is never ending, but seeing a student be thankful and growing in front of your eyes is just the best!

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  65. I look forward every day to working with my students because they are so honest, energetic and funny. Every day is unpredictable and it always amazes me how much happens in a day. Lastly, seeing how far my students have come from the beginning of the year after their hard work is always a rewarding experience.

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  66. I love getting up and knowing that I have a bunch of sweet kids that love hugs and high fives. I love exposing them to all the possibilities that science provides them. It gets them thinking about more than this is because I said so. They can figure out how things work and why they are like that.

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  67. I LOVE teaching because each new day has its challenges and successes. I love seeing my kiddos learn and grow and get excited about learning or reading something new.

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  68. I love the read sign!!! fingers crossed!!!

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  69. I love teaching because I can help instill confidence in a child that will stay with them throughout life!!

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  70. Because I get to see when a child 'gets it' or when they discover reading!
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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  71. I love teaching because I love making a difference in children's lives

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  72. I love teaching because I can touch so many lives and be someone they can rely on.

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  73. I love those "ah-ha!" moments and watching my 5th graders grow and mature from elementary kids to little adults :)

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  74. I love teaching really for the lightbulb moment - when they finally get the concept. It's especially great when they had absolutely no self confidence to begin with "I can't do this", and then they prove themselves wrong. I love seeing their independence grow, starting the year with a bunch of modeling, and then by spring they are a well oiled machine. It's so rewarding.

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  75. I love witnessing the growth from the start of the year to the end. It's amazing. I love putting smiles on little faces.

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  76. I love watching little minds explode with knowledge. I love watching the growth they make throughout the year. Amazing!

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  77. I love teaching because my students are incredible. They have tough lives and it is my job to make school a safe and loving place for them. I love watching them grow!

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  78. I love to teach because I love to inspire. I love to inspire because I love to see where it will lead my students on the next level.

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  79. this is awesome thanks so much!

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  80. I love teaching because I can see what they have become years later.

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  81. I love teaching because it is challenging and changes from day to day. No matter how much I want to throw in the towel, I don't because I have to believe the children's circumstances are beyond their control outside of the classroom. I help them all that I can inside of the classroom and hope that flows elsewhere.

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  82. I love teaching because everyday is different and watching kids "get it" is pretty amazing!!

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  83. I love seeing my kids progress and making a difference in their lives!

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  84. I love teaching because it is in my blood. It is at the very essence of who I am. Getting to see the learners face light up with their aha moment, to see them progress, to see them grow!

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  85. I love seeing students progress and making a difference. Plus kids are hilarious! There is never a dull moment!

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  86. I love teaching because the children are awesome!

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  87. I love to teach because I love to help students learn--it's always exciting to look back and see how far students have grown in a year and know that I had a small part in it.

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  88. I love teaching because I get to have fun every day at work! I have the best co-workers and awesome kids who make me laugh everyday!

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  89. I love teaching because I love seeing the "lightbulb" go off- I love the excitement on their little faces!

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  90. I love teaching because each day brings its own challenges and pleasures. You never know how the day will unfold.

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  91. I love seeing my struggling kids smile because they finally "get it!" I love their sense of humor & confidence!

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  92. I love teaching for those "lightbulb" moments - you can really see it when my kids finally get it!

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  93. I love seeing my kids finally "get it"! I also like that fact that each day is different, and I never know exactly what my day will be like.

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  94. I love teaching for all the stereotypical reasons but also because there is always a chance to change and learn and try again!

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  95. I love watching a student grow and develop. I love it when they finally get a concept and you get to see the lightbulb moment. I also love the relationships and bonds that are formed.

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  96. I love teaching because every day is a new and exciting challenge to make learning relevant to each student.

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  97. I love teaching because there is no better feeling than when I see those little kindergarteners reading and learning and getting excited about what they know!

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  98. I love teaching for many reasons, but mostly for the "light bulb" moments and their faces when it happens.

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  99. I love teaching because it challenges me to think outside the box and watching students learn new things.

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  100. I love teaching because of the connections I make with students and seeing their confidence grow.

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  101. I fell in love with teaching when I was volunteering with 4th graders and helping them with long division. When they finally caught on to a concept and I heard "Ohh, I get it" that was the most rewarding thing that I ever heard. I formerly worked in Marketing and knew at that moment that I made the right decision to go back to school and get my teaching degree. Thank you for this fantastic giveaway and thank you for all that you do!

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  102. I love the 'I get it!' Moment!

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  103. I love teaching because I get to be a role model for children who may not have great role models at home, and their faces when they realize that they are way smarter than they gave themselves credit for. It's truly amazing to me!

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  104. I love helping children discover a love of learning!

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  105. I became a teacher because I was a student who struggled to learn to read. Thankfully by the 4th grade I got caught up with the other kids, and I got caught up because of ALL the amazing teachers at my elementary school who worked very hard to get me to where I needed to be. I LOVE teaching because it is my hope that I can help kids the way my teachers helped me, and I find it absolutely priceless when I can see the light bulb turn on and see that ahh moment.

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  106. I love teaching because it is important work, different every day, the hardest thing I've ever done, and kids are pretty great. :)

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  107. I love seeing the joy on the face of a child who finally "gets" a concept and sees that that they can learn and do things they didn't think they could.

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  108. I love watching students develop into voracious readers! We read a LOT in my classroom!!

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  109. my own little change in the world

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  110. I love teaching for many reasons but these kids sure are amazing! I love the challenge and how each day is different. Happy Teacher appreciation week and thank you!

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  111. I love watching how far my student go from the beginning to the end of the year! This is a great giveaway!

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  112. I love that no two days are ever the same. I can constantly change things up and explore.

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  113. I love those moments where the students are truly engaged in learning for their own sake, because they've taken ownership of whatever it is we are doing.

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  114. After a 4.5 year hiatus, I am back into the classroom and fueling my passion for education, yet again. I love learning, myself, and love passing on that love to others.

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  115. Knowing that I'm the only stable thing in many of my student's lives makes me want to be there for them each and everyday. They are like my children and I need to give them the best each and everyday.

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  116. I love seeing the light bulbs go off for those kids that struggled at the beginning of the year.

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  117. I love seeing how much kids can improve!

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  118. I love seeing my students grow and learn new things each day! Being a teacher is rewarding in so many ways!

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  119. I love teaching because my little firsties are such sponges and just soak it all in. Their learning is so obvious when they are young. "The kids" is why we do it, right?

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  120. I love teaching because even though my students are not on grade level, I can see they have made a ton of progress and they come to school ready to learn and with smiles on their faces.

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  121. I love teaching because it makes me value the little things, like a smile from a student who rarely smiles. Those moments make my day.

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  122. I love seeing them get excited about math!

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  123. I love seeing kids excited about understanding something or discovering a love of reading or learning.

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  124. I love teaching because I love watching something click for a student who may struggle with concepts.

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  125. I love teaching because I love to make learning fun.

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  126. I love watching my students grow and getting to be a part of their lives. I love seeing them learn and realize that their dreams are attainable.

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  127. I love teaching because I love seeing students get excited about learning - not video games, not music videos (though both of those things have their place!), but LEARNING!

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  128. I love to see students progress throughout the year. The moment the light bulb turns on is a great feeling.

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  129. Love the students and their lightbulb moments.

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  130. Beginning of the year...giggles..grins..hugs..high fives. NOW....summer vacation! :) wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

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  131. I LOVE teaching because of the relationships I build with my students. I love running into them years later and they are happy to talk to me.

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  132. I love to see the light bulbs go off, success after the struggle, laughter at recess, hear them giggle at my mistakes, awesome coworkers, tears at the end of the year and visits from former students for years to come. Best job in the world!

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  133. I love watching the light bulbs go on when my students break through a concept!

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  134. I love teaching because I love connecting with students! They make it all worthwhile.

    Sweet Tea and Second Grade

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  135. I love teaching because I know I make a difference, every day. Soon I will be attending a college graduation of a former 5th grader. She is going into secondary ed. Friday, I had another former student who is also graduating going into elementary ed observe in my class. To me, that's what teaching is all about, making a lifelong difference.

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  136. There are a million reasons why I absolutely love the career I have chosen. I love teaching because every day and every year is different. I love knowing that I can impact each and every one of my students and that what I do today may help carry them into different facets of their lives for years to come. It's the only job of it's kind!

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  137. Because kids say the funniest things and I love the joy they bring to my life :)

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  138. I love the relationships I build with my students and the relationships they build with one another. I love seeing them collaborate together as a family, listening to the meaningful conversations they have with one another & learning from one another.

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  139. My students keep me coming back everyday. I especially love to see them finally get the hang of something after struggling with it.

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  140. I love teaching, because it is a part of who I am. I've never imagined doing anything else.
    I also love being around kids all day, cause I am still a kid at heart!

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  141. I love to watch my students soar and reach their goals

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  142. I love teaching because I am able to give back to young lives like so many amazing teachers had done for me.

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  143. I love seeing the kids learn!

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  144. What I love about teaching is when what your teaching finally clicks and also seeing some of your students years later come back and remind you that it was you that made a difference in their lives.

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  145. I love seeing the "Ah Ha" moments!

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  146. I love seeing the difference I can make with kids!

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  147. I can be creative and I am challenged everyday. I am always on my toes, never bored and inspired constantly!
    Fancy Free in Fourth

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  148. I love teaching because no two days are ever the same!

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  150. I love teaching because I feel like I'm making a difference in the lives of others!!

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  151. What I love about teaching is seeing my students faces when they get it. I love laughing with them and listening to some of the great things they say. My students truly brighten up my day and I couldn't think of a better job than this!

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  152. I love digging deep to know my students and their interests so that I can work those things into our classroom learnings. I love watching a bunch of shy/anxious/hurting/happy kids who come to me in the beginning grow into a family that is safe and supportive of each other. As a team, we can do anything.

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  153. I love teaching because it makes my heart so happy knowing that I am making a positive impact on children's lives.

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  154. Seeing students grow and learn.

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  155. I know this may seem cliche but there is no other way to truly impact the future. I believe that being a good teacher and role model for students can help steer them in the right direction. I teach in a low income school and I want my students to know that they can achieve anything that they put their mind to.

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  156. I love teaching because I love getting to know my students and watch them grow each and every day!

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  157. One of the things that thrills me to see is when my students really internalize something they've learned, whether it's academic, personal, or relational. For instance, I have one student who has really struggled with classroom behavior (i.e. shouting out, talking with other students recess-style, etc.) and just the other day I saw him catch himself before he said something out loud, not as a response to me, but of his own initiative. I was so proud!

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  158. I love teaching because each and every day is a new adventure! Always a challenge and always gets better!

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  159. I love being blessed with the opportunity to make a difference in kids lives every day....this has been a stressful year but the kids make it all worth it:)

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  160. I love teaching because for 6 hours out of the day I can inspire something in someone that can last a lifetime.

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  161. There is nothing more powerful than being part of their ah ha moments!

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  162. I love teaching because of the creativity needed to reach each child. There is always another way to do something!

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  163. I love teaching because I love making a difference!

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  164. I work with students who have learning disabilities, so when they "GET" something, it makes it even more meaningful for me. Sometimes I work with a kid for a whole year before they fully "get" things that other kids get so easily! Seriously, I've cried when these kids show learning and growth!

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  165. I love teaching because I enjoy teaching children to become lifelong learners and inspire them to want to learn something new every day!

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  166. I love to see students excited about learning and being a loving parent figure to those that do not have a loving home environment.

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  167. I love knowing I am making a difference!

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  168. I love knowing I am making a difference!

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  169. I love seeing the look on a student's face when a concept finally "clicks"!

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  170. I guess the part of teaching that gets me up in the morning is the challenge of helping my students see the connections between classwork and the real world in which they live. Helping them see that there is a greater purpose to "learning" than some high stakes state test.

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  171. I just love working with the children! I want them to know someone believes in them and cares for them.

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  172. I love making learning fun!

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  173. I love seeing my students be able to do something that they could not previously do!

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  174. I love getting to spend time with people (both students and other teachers) who are so creative, imaginative, and excited about learning!

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  175. I love finding new exciting adventures for my students!

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  176. The aha moments are wonderful to see!

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  177. I love that every day is different but each day I learn something new about my students!

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  178. The minute a child "gets it" is the most gratifying ever, even after 30 plus years. I love teaching!
    Thank you all for your generosity and hard work!

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  179. I love knowing that I am making a difference in someones life.

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  180. As a lifelong learner myself, I love to instill a love of learning in my students.

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  181. Coming up with fun lessons and those lightbulb moments! Plus the laughs-they're pretty funny!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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  182. I love teaching because of those long-awaited "lightbulb" moments when a child understands something you're teaching. It's incredible to watch it happen and know that they learned something new because of you!! I love to watch my students grow!

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  183. I love the smiles and the happy greetings each morning. 4th graders still love school and they are happy to see you and to get ready for learning!

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  184. I love how open and loving kindergartners are. I also love seeing them come in with no word knowledge and leave being able to read books.

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  185. I love teaching because it is different everyday and I can make a difference in the world with each student I teach.

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  186. I love teaching because I get to touch each child's heart. It is my goal to ensure that my students know that I love them and will be there for them beyond the classroom!

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  187. I love your blog! I followed it even when I taught middle school!

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  188. I love your blog! I followed it even when I taught middle school!

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  189. I became a teacher to make a difference. I LOVE it when I see that I do and see my students enthusiasm.

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  190. I love building the relationships with not only the students, but the families. It truly takes a village.

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  191. I love watching that magical moment when I student finally "gets it!"

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  192. I know everyday that I am shaping the world's future by caring and leading my students in the present.

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