Better than 1000 days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.

    This is the poster! Click the image to purchase your own!

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My first year of teaching a colleague gave me a poster that had this Japanese proverb on it.

Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.

I walked into an empty classroom that first August with nothing of my own yet to put on the walls and no past student work to display. I proudly hung this new gift in the center of the back wall and it was something that I saw all day, every day. Even after my walls were filled, it remained one of my favorite classroom items. I think maybe because it is a constant reminder of the importance of this work and a call to be a great teacher to each and every student that walks through the doors of my classroom.

These pages are dedicated to the pursuit of great teaching. You will find resources, stories of my journey as a teacher, and hopefully some inspiration.

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