Noelle: When you give advice to other teachers, is that just through the professional learning that you're delivering and how did you get started with that in your district?
Debra: While my supervisor asked me to present it at a professional development, because I went to the National Conference for the Social Studies in Chicago, so when I came back, I did share what I learned and found valuable. But I also try to help new teachers at my school, give them suggestions. And I think, like you said earlier, kind of being a community within your school is important. So even if I'm giving advice to a teacher that's been here a year longer than me, it's still valuable advice and they might find it useful.
Noelle: What's the one thing that you wish every teacher knew?
Debra: Just because you have a tough day today doesn't mean that the rest of your career is going to be tough. Everybody has challenging days, students included. You need to remember why you came into this profession and that you can make a difference. You just have to try again the next day. Don't give up.
Noelle: Thank you so much for inviting us into your classroom. Letting me take peeks on the walls and ask you some very specific personal questions about you and what we see. I think that's so important as we continue to talk to teachers in America. Ms. Reynolds, I'm so glad I met you today and I hope that we stay connected. I definitely know that you'll contribute to other teachers remembering highest recommendations for them.
Debra: Thank you so much.
Noelle: Having the opportunity to join Ms. Reynolds’s classroom reminded me of my first few years teaching and how phenomenal of an experience it is to meet students, get to know who they are, decorate your room. I loved her quotes. I loved her music and everything that she's doing to show who she is and learn and connect with who her students are so that she brings to life the world in her content. I will always be enjoying the opportunity to continue to give teachers voices, see who they are, and continue our journey together as teachers and friends.
Noelle: Thanks for listening. I always enjoy connecting with teachers across America. So tweet at me @FirstNoelleM. I'm the one with the sunglasses in my profile. Teachers are cool. Join me. Keep listening. I'll see you next time. Thanks.
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