10 Things I've Learned from Teaching {Linky Party}

A couple of years ago I participated in a fun linky party about what I learned as a teacher. With the new school year approaching, I thought it would be fun to play again! And you can join too! Just think of 10 things you've learned {the funnier, the better!} and link up below!

Ten Things I've Learned From Teaching {Kindergarten Style!}

1. Even though the trashcans never move, at least once a day there is always a student wandering around the room with loads of scraps shouting "Teacher, where is the trashcan?!?"

2. On that note, to some kids, I am and always will be "Teacher". It doesn't matter that we only have less than 2 and a half months of school left, and everyone else calls me by my name, they will always call me Teacher! I just respond with "Yes, student?" That tends to do the trick.

3. Five year olds have a tough time understanding non-verbal cues. They always try to talk to me when I'm in the middle of talking to someone else. I usually half-listen for about 10 seconds to see if it's maybe an emergency and when 9.9 out of 10 times it isn't, I put my finger up to show them "give me a minute". They usually get mad and pout off. Whatever!

4. Fumble over your words and make a mistake ONE time and they will never forget it. {but they can't remember where the trashcans are?! I ask you!}

5. Kindergartners are so forgiving. You can reprimand them and "break their heart" {direct quote} but they will be back to hugging you 5 minutes later.

6. Count your kids often! You never know who has gone missing.

7. They enjoy comparing you to their moms. Thanks...

8. Rhyming is a teacher's best friend. And making up songs to get them to do something works.every.time.

9. It really gets to me that people think that teaching kindergarten is playing all day and then napping. Who does that anymore!? I threaten invite them to spend a couple hours in my classroom ;)

10. Teaching Kindergarten is the best job in the whole wide world and I would not give it up for anything! 


  1. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've been called mom...or auntie...or even grandma! Um really? I'm only 28!

    Teachery Tidbits

  2. What a fun linky! Thank you so much! It was too fun thinking about what I have learned, while cracking up at some of the stuff!

    K-3 Kathleen

  3. I have two trashcans on either side of the room, and without fail kiddos get up and use the one that is farthest away!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  4. #9!! that...and "oh, you get paid for not working over the summmer...." grrrr...

  5. too funny! this is a fun little linky! although i talked too much on my post...but i always do!

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  7. I'm loving this linky!! Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I agree with the trashcan lesson... By the end of the year, I pretend not to hear when they are confused about the location!

    Surviving the Little People

  8. Fun Linky! Thanks for hosting!

  9. All sooooo hilariously true!! Love this linky!

  10. I love this linky! Counting your students often is a great tip, I learned that teaching Pre-K!

    Thanks so much for hosting!

    The Resource Room Teacher

  11. Thank you so much for hosting this fabulous linky! This was great for reflecting and I had fun while doing it!


    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  12. I agree with #4! You make one mistake and they will never let you live it down! However, this always triggers a great learning mini lesson that "it's okay to make mistakes!" :) Love your blog!

    Owl Always Love Teaching First Grade

  13. Thanks for the Linky. So many of your tips rang true on this end.


  14. I had such a great time looking through these and thinking up my own to add. Great idea!
    Whimsy Workshop

  15. After having my daughter go through kindergarten this year and working hand-in-hand with our school's Kinders....I don't know if I could imagine someting greater (both personall and professionally). It was so great to know exactly what she was learning and add to her experience and my own.
    Great link-up

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  16. LOL. I loved your post! I fumble over my words CONSTANTLY (this never happened before I had a kid. Just sayin'.), and of COURSE they think it's just the FUNNIEST thing. But I tell myself it's a good thing, since I try to teach them that no one is perfect, (not even their close-to-perfect teacher). Ha.

    Teach On.

  17. What a fantastic linky! I have so enjoyed reading everyone's lessons!! Thanks for hosting!

  18. #9 cracked me up! You are so right! Any grade applies. Thanks for hosting this fun linky! :)
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  19. Thanks for posting a linky party! Love this idea, and it is even better to read everyone else's.

  20. Such a great linky! Thank you so much for hosting!


  21. Thanks for hosting this fun linky!
    I love reading them!

    EC Autism Class

  22. What a great link idea! I have enjoyed reading all these posts!



  23. Please, I need to know what is the software that you use to do your activities?

    I wanna do my own, in Portuguese to teach English. Could you help me with this information?