Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Guys of Primary Interviews: Justin from Way to Bee in 2nd with Mr. Neal!

There's nothing better than hitting the beach after a long day. This is one of my favorite things to do while on summer break! The Guys of Primary are excited to bring you some exclusive interviews for you to get to know us a little better. Let's have some fun in the sun and let's get started...

Hello everyone, it's Chad here from The Arnett Gazette. Today I have the opportunity to interview Justin from Way to Bee in 2nd with Mr. Neal! Justin is a first grade teacher in Virginia. Grab your goggles and snorkel and let's hit the water!


1. Why did you decide to become a teacher? I have always wanted to be a teacher sense the first time I went to school. I’ve always been obsessed with anything related to teaching. From classroom, to grading papers, to creating lessons, to school supplies. Nothing has changed. I am still obsessed with everything related to teaching. I remember helping a friend of mine in her classroom before school started each year. She was a big inspiration to me, along with some of my teachers in middle school I was an aide for.

2. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work? 
When I am not teaching, you can usually find me on the road with friends- going out to eat, movies, new adventures, you name it….


3. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students? 
I would absolutely recommend teaching as a career to my students. I often find myself talking to my students about how they should work hard so they can have a good job one day. I’m trying to instill the work ethic in them early.


4. What does you like most about teaching? Least? The thing I love the most about teaching would have to be the relationships I get to form with my students and parents. I’ve found that rapport within your school community is extremely important. Gaining rapport with parents and students is essential. The thing I like the least about teaching is making copies. We are lucky enough to have copy volunteers that come in twice a week. The question is, can I have my stuff ready in time for them to copy? NOT OFTEN! ;)


5. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why? 
If I wasn’t a teacher I think I would be an investigator. I love all things mystery. I love watching Investigation Discovery and watching crimes unfold and later usually be solved.


6. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females? 
The best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females would have to be the ability to give a male’s perspective in situations that may arise. It really feels good when a venture teachers asks a fairly new teacher’s opinion. Being a male can also serve as a buffer in certain situations. That’s as far as I’ll go with that. :)


7. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy? 
My classroom philosophy is that every student has the right to learn. I believe every student has the right to learn in their own preferred learning style. I believe everyone is a lifelong learner. I believe my students can teach me just as much as I teach them. I believe they may forget what you said, or did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. I hope to leave a legacy for a lifetime as a teacher and role model.



Thanks Justin for taking the time to answer these questions! Be sure to follow Justin and check out his amazing blog and teacher resources in his TPT store!



The Guys of Primary Interviews: Bryce from The Teaching Texan!

Happy Tuesday! I hope that everyone had a wonderful, relaxing Memorial Day Weekend. Summer is approaching and things can be a little crazy at this time of the year. Stay strong! I am excited to bring you an exclusive interview!

Hello everyone, it's Justin here from Way to Bee in 2nd with Mr. Neal. Today I have the opportunity to interview Bryce from The Teaching Texan! Bryce is a kindergarten teacher in Texas. Grab your sunglasses, towel, and sunscreen and enjoy!


1. Why did you decide to become a teacher? I originally got a degree in Psychology, but towards the end of that degree program decided I didn’t want to pursue it further once I graduated.  I had been involved in all-star cheerleading for several years so decided to coach for a while to give myself time to figure everything out.  It was then, through working with kids, that I decided I wanted to become a teacher.

2. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work? 
What spare time?!  Haha, I love working out.  Believe it or not my partner and I get up 4:30 every morning to work before we start the work day.  I also like traveling, spending time at the lake, and playing with my 2 dogs.  


3. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students? 
I recommend any career that will make them happy!


4. What does you like most about teaching? Least? What I like most about teaching is seeing that “lightbulb” moment.  It’s so special to see when a kiddo finally gets it!  What I like least about teaching is having to move onto another topic when kids are still motivated to learn about the current one.


5. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why? 
If I weren’t teaching I think that I would own my own business.  It’s a dream that I’ve had for a while.  Who knows, maybe one day it will happen!


6. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females? 
Standing out!  Whether it’s applying for a new teaching job or being a different viewpoint on something, being a male teacher offers a different perspective that is important for kids.


7. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy? 
My classroom teaching philosophy is to provide kids with the opportunity to realize that learning is fun through hands-on and experiential learning.  At the end of the day, if a kid doesn’t like school in Kindergarten WHEN will they like it?



Thanks Bryce for taking the time to answer these questions! Be sure to follow Bryce and check out his amazing blog and teacher resources in his TPT store!



The Guys of Primary Interviews: Chad from The Male Kindergarten Teacher!

Can you believe it's almost June? For many of us it is summer break. However, some of us have a couple more weeks left in school. The Guys of Primary are excited to have some fun in the sun and bring you some exclusive interviews! 

Hello everyone, it's Greg here from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard. Today I have the opportunity to interview Chad from The Male Kindergarten Teacher! Chad is a kindergarten teacher in Michigan. I've got my questions ready... so let's get rolling!


1. Why did you decide to become a teacher? 
One of my first experiences, which made me aware that I wanted to become an elementary school teacher, was teaching tennis to children. During the summer of 2008, I worked as a tennis professional for junior tennis camps. I realized how much I enjoyed working with younger children and teaching them the basic skills of the game of tennis. During college I completed two internships in a second grade classroom and absolutely loved it. I knew second grade was perfect grade for me, but my supervisor thought I would be perfect for the younger grades. I graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013 from which I received a degree in early childhood professional education with minors in mathematics, language arts, and social studies. Upon graduation, I applied for teaching positions throughout Michigan. I received seven interviews and three job offers, two of which were in Kindergarten. At this point I knew Kindergarten was the grade for me. I accepted a Kindergarten position in the same school I interned at and I am currently in my third year of teaching. I wouldn't change it for anything!

2. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work? 

When I'm not spending countless hours in my classroom, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, spending time at the lake house, and doing all things related to crafting and videography.

3. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students? 

Yes! Teaching is so rewarding! My students inspire me to teach and create. I try to make a lasting impression on my students and launch a lifelong interest in learning, discovering, and investigating the world in which we live in. My hope is that my love and passion for teaching motivates my students to pursue a career in education. 


4. What do you like most about teaching? Least? The best part about teaching is being a positive role model for my students and instilling a passion for learning. It is difficult to think of something that I do not like about teaching. However, I definitely do not like cutting lamination. Some people find it relaxing... however... I can't stand it! 

5. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why? I would run and manage my own business. However, I have no idea what I would specialize in. 

6. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females? In general it takes someone special to teach Kindergarten, male or female. There is so much that goes into teaching children the basic fundamentals of how to be in school. The expectations have drastically changed. Kindergarten is not like it was when I was in Kindergarten. Kindergarten is the new 1st grade. I always say, "It's not a job if you love what you do." I do not teach for the money. I teach to instill a passion for learning. I feel like I am “a hero every day.” 

7. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy?Teaching and learning is my passion, and one of my goals is to pass on the love of learning to my students and create lifelong learners. I believe that all children can learn through explicit instruction, high expectations, well-defined classroom procedures, and dynamic, engaging lessons. It is my goal to connect with families to help children work to their greatest potential. Teaching is all about that ‘a-ha!’ moment. When I am in front of my students and I see the light bulb come on during a lesson, I know that I am making an impact.




Thanks Chad for taking the time to answer these questions! Be sure to follow Chad and check out his amazing blog and teacher resources in his TPT store!



Monday, May 30, 2016

The Guys of Primary Interviews: Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard!

Summer is here for most of us and The Guys of Primary are excited to bring you some exclusive interviews for you to get to know us a little better. 

Hello everyone, it's Bryce here from The Teaching Texan. Today I have the opportunity to interview Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard! Greg is a kindergarten teacher in Tennessee. Grab your favorite summer snack and drink and let's get rolling...


1. Why did you decide to become a teacher? I have always wanted to be a teacher.  I’ve never wanted to do anything else.  In college I took some journalism classes trying to resist teaching but they didn’t satisfy me.  Teaching is who I am!   And I’ve always wanted to change the world, and I firmly believe the best way to do that is one child and one classroom at a time!

2. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work? 
I enjoy movies and tv with the mister and the doodles!   I like to create and be outdoors!


3. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students? 
YES!!!!!!  Teaching is the most amazing job ever!   It truly is the best job ever!   Is it hard?  YES!  Is it frustrating at times?  YES!   But at the end of every day, you know you’ve made a difference!!!


4. What does you like most about teaching? Least? I love seeing my students have lightbulb moments!   There is nothing like seeing a child’s face when they “get” a new skill or concept!   It’s all about the kids so the kids are always the best part of teaching!   What I like least is the “stuff” that gets in the way.  The politics and mandates and paperwork that take time from actually teaching and helping kids!  

5. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why? 
Journalist!   I love telling stories!  


6. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females? 
I’m a rockstar and get to be part of an elite group!   Our students need more male role models in their lives and I am honored to be able to fill that void!


7. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy? 
In everything we do in our classroom, we must put our students at the center of it all!


TEACH THE CRAP OUT OF YOUR KIDS!


Thanks Greg for taking the time to answer these questions! Be sure to follow Greg and check out his amazing blog and teacher resources in his TPT store!



The Guys of Primary Interviews: Chad from The Arnett Gazette!

Happy Memorial Day! The Guys of Primary are excited to bring you some exclusive interviews for you to get to know us a little better. 

Hello everyone, it's Adam here from the Teachers Learn Too. Today I am thrilled to interview another member of our Guys of Primary team. Please meet... Chad from The Arnett Gazette! Chad is a third grade teacher in Ohio. I've got my questions ready so let's get started...



1. Why did you decide to become a teacher? Growing up I was lucky enough to have great teachers. They took great interest in me and cared about how I developed as a student and as a person. From an early age I wanted to have the opportunity to make that kind of impact on young learners, so I chose to become a teacher!

2. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work? Relaxing has never been one of my strong suits, I have a very active brain! So instead I escape by playing tennis. I have been playing competitively since I was about 10 and I still play often, as much as five times per week. 


3. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students? I would (and often do) recommend teaching as a career. As with most any job there can be stressful or frustrating aspects to it, but I can’t think of any other career that is as fun, challenging, and rewarding.


4. What does you like most about teaching? Least? There are so many things about teaching that I love, but the one moment that I live for is when I am working with a student and I see that the light has gone on and they get it.  Conversely, my least favorite part of teaching is when I just can’t seem to help a student grasp a particular concept. No matter how many ways I need to approach the material though, I never give up!


5. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why? I’ve always had an interest in education. If I weren’t teaching, I would want to be helping teachers by designing materials that support the good work they do everyday. Perhaps at a company like Scholastic or Harcourt.


6. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females? Being a male in the elementary teaching world gives me a unique opportunity to be a positive role model in the lives of children who may not have a male in their life to support them. This is a job that I happen to take very seriously.


7. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy? I have often described my classroom as “chaos by design”. I love designing fun and engaging activities that get my students out of their seat and having a great time learning! I’m also a huge proponent of positivity in the classroom. I prefer to focus on the good things that are happening in our classroom. I have found that students will work harder for me when they feel that I believe in them and am supportive of the work they are doing.



Thanks Chad for taking the time to answer these questions! Be sure to follow Chad and check out his amazing teacher resources in his TPT store!



Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Guys of Primary Interviews: Adam from Teachers Learn Too!

Wow, it's hard to believe that we're already in the month of May. The Guys of Primary are excited to bring you some exclusive interviews for you to get to know us a little better. 

Hello everyone, it's Chad here from the Male Kindergarten Teacher blog. Today I am excited to interview Adam from Teachers Learn Too. Adam is a kindergarten teacher in Illinois. I've got my microphone and my questions so let's get started.


  1. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
After working one summer in high school as a camp counselor, I knew working with kids was my calling!

  1. What do you do in your spare time to relax? Hobbies? Volunteer work?
I'm a good old fashioned family man!  We have two kids that we spend our time with and I'm loving every minute of being a dad!  I also write, dabble in photography, and play the guitar!

  1. Would you recommend teaching as a career to your students?
Of course!

  1. What does you like most about teaching? Least?
Seeing the smiles that come through my door each morning, and hearing “I LOVE SCHOOL!” are my favorites!  The thing I like the least are the expectations being pushed down upon our little ones.

  1. If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you like to have? Why?
I think I'd either be a children's book author or musician.  I love being creative!

  1. What is the best part about being a male in a field of predominantly females?
No lines in the bathroom at conferences!  I'm dead serious.  Haha!

  1. What is your classroom or teaching philosophy?
I love creating a fun, learn-through-play atmosphere where kids feel welcomed and don't really even know they're learning!

Thanks Adam for taking the time to answer these questions! Be sure to follow Adam and check out his amazing vlogs!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day: Magic "e" Wand & Center Activity

Happy Leap Day! Hello everyone, it's Chad here from the Male Kindergarten Teacher blog. It's hard to believe that we are already in the month of March tomorrow. I hope that you've enjoyed all of the wonderful tips, tricks, and advice from my fellow Guys of Primary. 


I am literally leaping out of my seat to share with you today a magic "e" center activity! Today I am making this magical magic ‘e’ wand. It’s fun, simple, and a great activity for reading those CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) and CVCe (consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e) words! So grab your supplies and let’s get started!


Supplies Needed:
- Star Foam Shapes
- Glitter Glue
- Wands or popsicle sticks
- Die-cutting Machine & Letter e die

I found these Wizard of Waverly Place wands at a store a couple of years ago. However, a popsicle stick works well too!

My students loved decorating their wands with glitter glue! I found a great deal of 50 sticks of glitter glue on Amazon. It has a variety of colors for my students to choose from and they dry nicely too.


Check out this Magic "e" Center Activity Freebie! This is perfect for introducing CVCe words! Enjoy! Click on the picture to download the center activity from my TeachersPayTeachers Store or Click Here!

What do The Guys of Primary have planned for the month of March? Stay tuned to find out!