Today’s Guest of Honor is Shanon Banks and she is the teacher behind Shanon’s School Supplies TeachersPayTeachers store and A Day In The Life Of A Title I Teacher! blog. She can also be found on her Facebook page here. Please visit these locations and leave her some “love” 😉
Here are Shanon’s answers to my interview:
How long have you been a teacher?
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher for so many reasons! The most important reason though is because I knew that through teaching I would be able to help children learn to live, love, and grow in a way that only a few people in that’s child life ever can.
Which grades have you taught so far?
What subjects do you rather teach?
What is your favorite aspect of being a teacher?
As a Title I Reading Specialist, I love watching my struggling learners grow. Some of them come to me and they can’t read a single word. When they are given the opportunity to work in such a small group based only on their needs they can grow as readers and it’s amazing to see the change in them from month to month.
Tell us about the teacher that most made an impression on you as a student.
Wow! This is a hard one. I was blessed to have many amazing teachers present in my life. If I could only pick one teacher I would have to say it was my high school Honors Biology teacher, Coach Whal. He was one of the most caring, loving, compassionate teachers I ever had the privilege to have. He made sure that every student was successful, he helped us when we were struggling (in Biology, other subject areas, or just life), and he had such a passion for teaching that you couldn’t help but be hooked to everything that came out of his mouth. Even during his hard times he made sure to let us all know that we were important to him and that no matter what we would succeed if we were committed.
Tell us a funny/interesting story that happened to you during your career as a teacher.
I have a lot of funny and interesting stories; my students and co-workers crack me up everyday! I thought I would share a story with you that still makes me laugh and has nothing to do with student. Are you ready? When I was hired, last October, I showed up for my first day of work with boxes and boxes full of classroom supplies, books, decorations, etc to get my room ready to begin teaching. I walked into the school and the AP stopped me and told me to go ahead and put my crate down and wait for the principal to show me around the school. I put my box down and eagerly awaited my tour!
As the principal showed me around the school and introduced me to all of the teachers I kept waiting for her to show me to my classroom; I mean, that’s the most important things right? We completed the entire tour and I still didn’t know where my room would be located. I finally decided to ask, thinking that she had just forgotten, and was shocked to find out that I would be sharing a room! Ok, ok, I could deal with sharing a room I just wasn’t prepared for that in advance. I asked if we could go visit “my” room and was even more shocked when we arrived at the book resource room. Apparently, with all the renovations occurring in building, they didn’t have a room for me. I got to spend my first 4 months sharing a very small, maybe 20X20, room that was filled with shelves and books with another teacher. We were able to fit two teacher desk and 1 table for students into the room. Now, it get’s a little more interesting… The teacher I was rooming with was a math teacher and I was a reading teacher! We had to share our very limited space with each other and our small groups (around 5-10 students each). I can say that it was a very fun 4 months! The teacher and I are now great friends and everyone laughs when they hear about my “Reading Closet.”
What advice would you give a new teacher? (Something that you wish you had known when you first started.)
Be prepared to be very flexible! I am a create of habit and love schedules but in the real world of education a schedule is just ink printed on a piece of paper. Don’t let changes bother you. You have to be capable of going with the flow and presenting yourself in such a way that the students don’t even know that things are out of the norm.
What does your ideal classroom look like?
My ideal classroom has a huge class library, 3-5 student computers, enough room for small group areas, TONS of storage space, technology, technology, and more technology, and students filling in every seat.
What drove you into becoming a Teacher-Author at TeachersPayTeachers?
During my time as a college student I used TeachersPayTeachers to get ideas for lessons and to purchase activities for my students. After college I realized that I create a lot of activities for my students that are very beneficial and that other teachers/peers wanted to use. This gave me the idea to become a TeachersPayTeachers Teacher-Author! Although I don’t post all of my lessons and resources I try to post things that many teachers can use. I am still working on ideas of how I would like to present more resources on TPT and I can’t wait to be able to help more teachers.
From all the products in your store, which one is your favorite and why?
My favorite product, in my store, would have to be my Robots Themed Behavior Clip Chart with Rewards. From the moment I saw the adorable little robot clip art I just knew I had to use it. My school decided to start using behavior charts last year and I knew I needed one that was unique in my classroom and that’s when it hit me… Us my super cute robots and make a clip chart myself! My students love when they receive an award for having outstanding behavior. I knew if my students loved it this much others would too!
As a special treat for our readers, Shanon kindly shared a link to one of her freebies. Make sure you drop by her Facebook page to grab the freebie HERE
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