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Meet the Teacher | Cami Hall

Pampered Teacher Interview series featuring Cami Hall from Worthington Ave blog
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Today's interview features Cami Hall from Worthington Ave Blog
Say Hello to Cami
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Tell us a little about yourself...
I knew since Kindergarten that I was going to be a teacher. I remember sitting around the rug with my class and each student saying what they were going to be when they “grew up.” When it was my turn I knew without a shadow of a doubt that a teacher was what I wanted to be, and that I was going to do everything I could to make that happen.
I graduated from Brigham Young University of April of last year, with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL/ ESL). I had the opportunity to student teach in many different classes and schools throughout my education. I taught everything from Kindergarten- Fourth Grade through getting my degree, and taught Preschool at a private school for the four years I was at BYU.
When I graduated in April, I was 5 months pregnant, so I haven’t been able to teach since (because I have chosen to stay home with my baby daughter). That is where my blog comes in. I’m the type of person where I always have to be learning, growing, and achieving (that’s one of the things I love about teaching). So I created my blog to help me accomplish those goals while I’m home with my young daughter. Worthington Ave. is a blog about books and motherhood. With an emphasis on children’s literature, I am seeking with my blog to provide useful tips, amazing book recommendations, and a little fun for moms/parents to help them increase literacy in their homes.

The best part about teaching...
I love that as I teacher you never stop learning. Every day is different. Every year brings new challenges that you have to study and learn about. I’m a learner- I loved going to school! So I really enjoyed that every day was a new experience and brought new learning opportunities for me as the teacher.

A clever solution to a teaching challenge...
At the beginning of a new summer school session, as I was teaching a preschool/kindergarten class, I was struggling with one student who spent most of the day crying, throwing tantrums, and not listening. This sounds horrible, but he was the one student out of all the students I had ever taught that I really didn’t enjoy being around (ever).
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My dad (not a teacher) suggested that I play  with him at recess. So the next day, when I went outside with my class I told this student that he was my special buddy for recess that day and that he had to play with me! I also left little notes in his cubby for him to take home about how happy I was that he came to school that day. The change was amazing! By the end of the summer he was so happy to be in my class, and I was happy he was there too! An incredible change for both of us, and one I will always remember!

There's a quirky thing that teachers do...
Maybe it’s just me, but I notice that teachers tend to talk to themselves. I know I do! By talking to themselves I mean thinking things through out loud. Maybe it’s because we have so much going on in our heads all the time, in order to think through one thing in particular we have to make it stand out from the others by saying it aloud?

One word that describes Cami Hall...
Kind. At least I hope others see me that way! For the longest time my favorite quote has been, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” I’ve tried my best to live my life that way.
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The secret stash drawer...revealed!
I’m a HUGE candy fan! I always kept fruit snacks and chocolate in my desk!

The funny teacher moment she'll never forget
During one of my first times teaching, I had the opportunity to assist two experienced teachers in their preschool class (Miss K and Miss R). After I had been in the class a couple weeks a student was in the corner pouting. His teacher Miss K asked him what was the matter. He said, talking about me, “I don’t like her because she’s BECOMING A TEACHER! She’s just like you and Miss R!”
Her Superpower in the Classroom
Read-a-loud all the way! Those 20 min of the day were my saving grace most of the time! Exploring great children’s literature with my students, seeing their faces as you stop at a cliffhanger, and them begging for read-aloud so they can hear more of the book are some of the biggest highlights of my teaching career. Obviously I love books (see my blog), but more than that I love sharing the books I love with others and seeing them love them too (especially children)!
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Sage advice for 1st year teachers
This is something that has stuck with me since before I got my teaching degree, while I was teaching preschool. Get your management strategies down! Management is huge! Create a plan and stick with it. Post it in your classroom and start out from day one following the plan exactly. It is SO much easier to loosen the “strings” of control as you go throughout the year and get more respect from your students, than it is to try to tighten them. (I made that mistake far to many times!)

What being a teacher has taught her about herself  
I have learned that I can do hard things. My first experience in the classroom was awful! I have a journal page about it where I’m just ranting about how horrible a teacher I am and that I don’t know what I was thinking. But with help from amazing teachers, professors, principals, and mentors I have ended up with a love and desire for teaching that I never thought would happen after that first experience. It takes time. You never stop learning as a teacher. I had a professor say, “if you think you are the perfect teacher, it’s time to retire.” I think I was so upset by that first experience because I had dreamed about teaching my whole life, but I got in the classroom and I wasn’t perfect. Overtime I learned that is the beauty of teaching. You’re never perfect. You never stop learning.

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