The other day I had someone ask me what my blog name meant or stood for. It’s not a question I get very often but I always have fun explaining the meaning behind it, so I thought I would write a blog post about it!
When I first opened the Blogger screen on my computer almost three and a half years ago, I stared and stared at the URL line. A non-teaching friend tried to help me come up with a name and asked me a simple question: “What is the most important thing a teacher needs to have?” If you are a teacher, you know how hard that question is to answer. THE most important thing?! We need a bazillion qualities or characteristics to be a successful teacher.
“I don’t know… there’s a lot of things that you need to have, all mixed together,” I told her. That was when my blog idea hit me – a teacher mixes in TONS of ingredients in order to get the perfect “recipe” for success. The ingredients for teaching is like baking a cake. If you put in too much flour, the cake will be too dry. If you have too much sugar, the cake will flop. Similarly, if you leave “fun” out of the classroom, your students will miss out on understanding what it feels like when learning and joy collide. If you spend too much time directly teaching your students, your students will find it difficult to think for themselves. Teaching is a delicate balance and a lot of love definitely needs to go into each and every child’s individual “learning recipe.”