Life Lessons From My First Grade Teacher

Okunyi is a 17-year-old from Seattle, WA. She enjoys reading, writing, and playing soccer. Her favorite subject is chemistry because she wants to be a pharmacist.

When a child first begins school they are excited to learn about the new place where they w­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ill begin their most fundamental years of education. School is a place that kids are in both parts excited and nervous about. In my early years of school, I remember how anxious I was to begin each new school year and find out what was in store. Every new year brought a new teacher and new students to get to know. Having a teacher that influenced you in a big way can be all the difference in how you advance in your academic career.

 

People have the opportunity to have many different types of teachers in their lifetime. And although it can be difficult to choose a favorite among them because they all leave an impact on their students, my favorite teacher was my first grade teacher Mrs. Alexander. I was a bit nervous going into first grade because I’d heard that unlike my previous years of schooling, there would no longer be nap time. Although I wasn’t a big fan of it at the time, I was devastated as any six year old would be at that news, but I was also intrigued.

 

First grade was the year that I learned a lot of things and my teacher was always very encouraging. She would tell the class to do their best, and she had fun ways for us to understand new concepts. We would go outside to count objects and then I began counting everywhere I went and I learned to count high. Sometimes we had contests and showcase our own ways of doing something and the class would vote on the way that everyone liked and understood the most. She was always very kind to the class, and would answer all the questions we asked.

 

A teacher doesn’t have to think of many ways to be liked by students because sometimes the simplest gestures can make a lasting impression on a student.  My first grade teacher was enthusiastic about learning and so then we were as well. I started to really enjoy reading and writing when I found out how much fun it could be. Teachers that are understanding and tailor to how each student learns are always great to have. Since I was able to see the importance of learning and fun as a first grader, I now know how to balance the two.

My first grade teacher has had a beneficial effect on my academic career but also on my life. I have kept the advice that she gave us and still strive to do my absolute best in all that I do. I am very grateful for all that I learned from her, and that it has influenced me so much. I found that I have a real passion for writing and I was able to discover that because she pushed me to do my best. And now as I approach my final years of high school, I find that nap time wasn’t such a bad idea.

 

Okunyi is a 17-year-old from Seattle, WA. She enjoys reading, writing, and playing soccer. Her favorite subject is chemistry because she wants to be a pharmacist.

 

When a child first begins school they are excited to learn about the new place where they w­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ill begin their most fundamental years of education. School is a place that kids are in both parts excited and nervous about. In my early years of school, I remember how anxious I was to begin each new school year and find out what was in store. Every new year brought a new teacher and new students to get to know. Having a teacher that influenced you in a big way can be all the difference in how you advance in your academic career.

 

People have the opportunity to have many different types of teachers in their lifetime. And although it can be difficult to choose a favorite among them because they all leave an impact on their students, my favorite teacher was my first grade teacher Mrs. Alexander. I was a bit nervous going into first grade because I’d heard that unlike my previous years of schooling, there would no longer be nap time. Although I wasn’t a big fan of it at the time, I was devastated as any six year old would be at that news, but I was also intrigued.

First grade was the year that I learned a lot of things and my teacher was always very encouraging. She would tell the class to do their best, and she had fun ways for us to understand new concepts. We would go outside to count objects and then I began counting everywhere I went and I learned to count high. Sometimes we had contests and showcase our own ways of doing something and the class would vote on the way that everyone liked and understood the most. She was always very kind to the class, and would answer all the questions we asked.

A teacher doesn’t have to think of many ways to be liked by students because sometimes the simplest gestures can make a lasting impression on a student.  My first grade teacher was enthusiastic about learning and so then we were as well. I started to really enjoy reading and writing when I found out how much fun it could be. Teachers that are understanding and tailor to how each student learns are always great to have. Since I was able to see the importance of learning and fun as a first grader, I now know how to balance the two.

My first grade teacher has had a beneficial effect on my academic career but also on my life. I have kept the advice that she gave us and still strive to do my absolute best in all that I do. I am very grateful for all that I learned from her, and that it has influenced me so much. I found that I have a real passion for writing and I was able to discover that because she pushed me to do my best. And now as I approach my final years of high school, I find that nap time wasn’t such a bad idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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