Reader Appreciation: Angela Maiers

November is Reader Appreciation Month at So You Want To Teach? Today’s featured reader is Angela Maiers.

angela2Name: Angela Maiers
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Occupation: National Education Consultant, author, Adjunct Professor teaching post graduate work in the area of reading and literacy
Blog: Angela Maiers

Tell me some of your favorite things about your job
That is a hard one. I LOVE MY JOB. I feel like I have the best of all education worlds. I love teaching grad school, my students are amazingly dedicated teachers, I have the opportunity to travel across the United States helping teachers and schools work at the grassroots level to improve students lives, and my favorite part is working with the students. EAch week, I am invited to do demonstration lessons in K-12 classrooms. I love the range, I love the challenge, and I REALLY love the kids. I feel smarter every day that I come home from my job. It almost makes me feel guilty that I get paid for this!

Tell me some things you loved about your favorite teacher(s)
I loved teachers that challenged my thinking. I was a typical teacher pleaser, and for the most part many things came easy for me in school. It was not until I got the HS, that teachers really pushed my thinking. I wish that for all students, and I hope that they get the opportunity to know they can do challenging things before the get to HS.

List some of your most effective classroom management strategies
LOVE. I absolutely believe that if we authentically show students that we are dedicated to loving them, believing in them-they will allow us to teach them. Authentic honor, respect, and admiration goes the distance when you want students to engage deeply in learning. you have to “reach” them before you can attempt to” “teach them”

Name (up to) three other blogs that you frequently visit/subscribe

About Joel Wagner 522 Articles
Joel Wagner (@sywtt) began teaching band in 2002. Though he had a lot of information, his classes were out of control. He found himself tired, frustrated, disrespected by students, lonely, and on the brink of quitting. He had had enough. He resigned from his school district right before spring break of his second year and made it his personal mission to learn to be a great teacher. So You Want To Teach? is the ongoing story of that quest for educational excellence.

5 Comments on Reader Appreciation: Angela Maiers

  1. Yes, it’s so true that we have to reach before we can attempt to teach.

    Perhaps we find that when that connection is made there is more learning than teaching going on.

  2. When I was student teaching, I was told that the kids don’t care what you know until they know that you care.

    I think back on my favorite teachers and they have all been people who were passionate about their subject matter, and people who had a genuine concern for the people they were teaching.

    I think you’ll also enjoy Thursday’s Reader Appreciation article on Jane Little. Great stuff!

  3. Joel, what a fantastic way to let your readers know they are valued and appreciated while extending the conversations. I love the idea and look forward to connecting with and learning from other bloggers. Thank you! I really do feel appreciated!

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