Have you made some mistakes in teaching?

I'm sure you've heard the saying "Teachers don't make mistakes".

I've made more mistakes being a Teacher than I can count, but the failures have made the successes that much sweeter.

I want to share 5 mistakes I've made teaching over the years (trust me, there are plenty more).

# 5 Mistakes I've Made as a Teacher

#### Mistake #1 Make Every Lesson Epic

I think for a lot of us we were told in teacher college that we had to have an epic hook for every lesson in our classroom. Make every opening as engaging as possible for students wanting to learn more.

Mistake number one for me was trying to out do the previous lesson. I was overwhelmed from the pressure I created to make it epic. Every. Time.

Here's what I learned for sure: **your classroom does not have to be perfect for learning to occur. You can be amazing just the way you are.**

I created some resources that would make students have fun in math (without knowing it). These printables helped students work on key skills in a different way.

#### Mistake #2 Teacher Created Rooms are the Better

__How I fixed it__:

**I changed my mindset. The classroom became a student centered classroom.**The visuals on the walls were student created. The word wall was student created. The displays were made by students. Was it still beautiful? Yes. Did the students take ownership and behaviors towards math improve? Yes.

#### Mistake #3 Forgetting to Communicate

**Kids LOVE this!**They giggle when you say, "Here's your first homework assignment and your parent is going to do it for you!" Say what?

#### Mistake #4 Teaching Focused Classroom

**Once the shift was made from teacher focused to student focused**, I was no longer exhausted, fatigued, or tired. Students enjoyed the independent activities. Students loved to be doing something on "their terms" and not being micro-managed.

#### Mistake #5 Not Focusing on Vocabulary

**Implementing weekly vocabulary notebooks**. Students had to write out 4-6 vocabulary terms every week in their notebooks. Their confidence went through the roof! Practicing vocabulary transcended into students being able to read, write, and speak math better. It is the secret sauce my students were missing.