Today’s Guest of Honor is Sherri Munger-Tyler and she is the teacher behind Literary Sherri TeachersPayTeachers store. Please visit her store and leave her some “love” 😉
Here are Sherri’s answers to my interview:
How long have you been a teacher?
Why did you become a teacher?
I was fortunate to have some wonderful teachers during my school career who made me believe that being a teacher was the best possible job one could ever have! They were right!
Which grades have you taught so far?
What subjects do you rather teach?
What is your favorite aspect of being a teacher?
I am passionate about literacy; it is my belief that literacy is the foundation of all learning! When students are better readers and writers, their performance in all subjects increases; they are better able to think and to communicate their thoughts. Literacy is the most significant skill needed to function effectively in school, in the workplace, and in society. It is vital to a successful education, career, and quality of life. Literacy also enables students to become active and independent thinkers and lifelong learners, which is empowering! When people are able to function at high levels of literacy, doors of opportunity are opened for them that would not be available otherwise. Knowing I have helped my students increase their literacy skills is my favorite aspect of being a teacher because it sets them up for greater success in all they do in their lives!
Tell us about the teacher that most made an impression on you as a student.
My fourth grade teacher, Miss Bassinger — her classroom was my favorite place to be in the world!
Tell us a funny/interesting story that happened to you during your career as a teacher.
True Story: I was once conferencing with a parent — who happened to play pro basketball for the Utah Jazz — when I fell out of my chair! I was sitting on the floor with the chair on top of me. He got up, lifted the chair and set it upright, and extended a hand to help me up. I sat back in the chair and said, “As I was saying…”
What advice would you give a new teacher? (Something that you wish you had known when you first started.)
Get organized and stay organized! Take a few seconds each day to journal something encouraging, inspiring, or fun that happened that day. Find a way to connect with each student on a personal level.
What does your ideal classroom look like?
My ideal classroom is colorful, cozy, organized, and literacy-rich . . . books, books, books everywhere, reading nooks, writing stations, and students who are engaged and actively participating in reading, writing, meaningful discussions, and hands-on activities.
What drove you into becoming a Teacher-Author at TeachersPayTeachers?
Over the years, several colleagues have asked if they could use my curriculum. This inspired me to give TpT a try!
From all the products in your store, which one is your favorite and why?
What is the capital of Alaska? (Come on! Juneau this one!)
One of my favorite products is a compilation of 405 kid-friendly, school-appropriate jokes! I start every school day with two or three jokes-of-the-day because they promote listening skills and language development and teach our students to play with words, which strengthens their writing.
Jokes help teach homonyms and figurative language, such as idioms and metaphors. Figuring out jokes promotes metacognition, integrates other disciplines with literacy, and builds positive rapport between teachers and students, which helps create a positive learning environment!
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Anything else about yourself that you would like us to know?
Grace Slick said, “Through literacy, you can begin to see the universe.” Nothing is more exciting to me than broadening my students’ universes by getting them hooked on a fantastic book, a wonderful series, a great author, or a notebook full of blank pages just waiting for the student’s own writing!
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