Day 97: Stacey, Third grade co-teacher

[ By on February 22, 2013 ]

Fairness is a something we have to look at through different lenses in our lifetime.

As children, we are always saying, “that’s not fair” when someone else gets something and we don’t. As we get older, we start to look at situations in life and think about how our lives turn out in comparison to others. As a teacher, I look at my students and have to figure out how to meet their individual needs but yet still be “fair”.

Fairness came to mind as I observed my students in reading groups today and realized how they each have different needs. How can I be fair and give them what they need to be successful?  As my mind went into overdrive, I saw each student start to use different strategies they have learned and I realized being fair is different than I may have originally thought.  This quote I heard years ago while learning about differentiation popped in my mind.

“Fair is not everyone getting the same thing. Fair is getting what you need to be successful.”

Watching my students use what they individually need to be successful readers made me realize I am being fair.  Sometimes teachers need to take a step back and observe the successes of our students.  Now, the challenge is to take this lesson and apply it in my everyday life.

Stacey is a third grade co-head teacher who enjoys spending time with her husband and seven-year-old daughter.  She is anxiously awaiting spring and Yankees opening day!

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2 Comments on “Day 97: Stacey, Third grade co-teacher”

  1. gtucker

    Great post, Stacey! It seems you are an insightful and caring teacher with the needs of your students at the forefront of your mind.

  2. gtucker

    This is great!

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