Meet Meg of Meg's Crayons! Meg's instagram and blog are so refreshing because they're super honest and real accounts of her experience being a teacher. Just from following her on instagram for the past year or so, I've come to see how funny and kind and loving of a person she is who truly wants the world for her students. I'm so grateful I got to learn from her and I know you'll love learning about her too!
Q: Who is Meg? What is one thing people might not know about you from your Instagram or blog?
A: Honestly, this is a hard one to answer! I am pretty open about who I truly am and I don't often hide it. If I had to describe myself I am an extroverted introvert. Once you get to know me I let my weirdness shine through, but in new situations or large groups I am actually very quiet.
I enjoy listening and watching people, which sounds creepy, but totally not done in a creepy way. Many people may think I am the "life of the party", but that side of me doesn't come out until I feel very comfortable with people because I know that it can overwhelm people sometimes :D. I honestly, don't know what people don't know about me because I know I have some loving followers that truly know me for me and if they wonder about something they usually just ask.
I am always down to answer questions :D
Q: What inspired you to start your instagram account?
A: I actually just did a Megabyte Monday about this topic on my YouTube channel! I honestly felt really lonely my first year of teaching and my younger sister told me about Instagram. She explained it as this app where you posted pictures to share and she wanted me to check it out. I found amazing educators connecting with other educators around the world and I knew I wanted to make connections and learn from others. I created my account to connect and collaborate with other teachers and I never imagined it would grow the way it did. I am very blessed to have connected with so many amazing people and have found lasting friendships from making connections online.
Q: What are some things that you’re passionate about as an educator?
Teaching is my overall passion which makes it hard to narrow down what exactly I am passionate about in teaching. I absolutely love working in Title I , not because my students "need me", but because I see every challenge or new experience as an opportunity for me to grow as a person. I believe I learn more from my students than they may ever learn from me. As an educator people expect me to list off a long list of standards that I want my students to retain or take away from their year with me, but that simply isn't the case. I truly hope my students leave my classroom knowing that they can make a difference and that they are loved. Those many seem like small and easy things to accomplish, but they truly are not as easy as it may seem. I work hard to build lasting relationships with each one of my students, because that is what is most important to me.
Q: What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a new teacher?
A: BREATHE! Ignorance is bliss your first year of teaching. Enjoy your students, write down your memories and above all else ASK QUESTIONS AND LISTEN. No one expects you to know it all your first year so learn and listen as much as you can. There will be moments where you feel like you are failing and you need to know we all have those moments. Find people you can count on to talk you down when you are worked up and remember to take care of you!
Q: What was your most challenging experience in the classroom? What did you learn?
A: I think each new school year brings on a whole new set of challenges each year. I don't know that I can pick out just one, because each challenging experiences forces me to grow, learn, understand and build myself into a better educator and all around person. Being a classroom teacher is a challenge, period, but I wouldn't change it for the world.
Q: What does self-care mean to you? How do you take care of yourself while taking care of others?
A: Honestly, this is an area that I am continuing to grow in. I think I lost sight of putting myself first for a long time and I have recently started working back to putting myself first. To me, self-care means listening to your body and giving it what it needs...rest, netflix, naps, walks etc. I don't believe in forcing myself to do something I just am not in the mood for...ever. I think I take care of others by listening and offering my advice, that is what most of my real life friends count on me for. When they need someone to listen and give them the honest truth..they call me. I have worked hard to surround myself with people who count on me and that I can count on when I need them most. I truly believe who you surround yourself with plays a large roll in your self-care. I am hoping this summer I can continue to find more "me" time and get back to truly putting myself first.