Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A blog by any other name would be just as super, right?

Since the moment I decided to jump head first into the world of blogging, I have received the great question about how I came up with the title “The Superhero Teacher.”  First, let me be clear about the fact that I don’t think of myself as some sort of amazingly awesome teacher that doesn’t make any mistakes after only one year of teaching (even if I act that way sometimes). I fully recognize the fact that I chose a career path that requires one to be a lifelong learner, which is AMAZING in my opinion, because that is what I do on a daily basis--I learn.  I learn from my family, my friends, my colleagues, and most importantly of all--my students.  I learn more about who I am as a teacher on a daily basis from my students over anyone else, and I believe that’s exactly how it should be for every teacher. 

So anyway, back to how I came up with the title for my blog…  I came to the realization that all any child wants when they are growing up is a hero; but, if I learned anything from this past year, it’s that this can be a much more complicated request than what it seems.  The problem with this request is that not all children are blessed with a mom, dad, brother, sister, or even a family at all.  So, my question would be to my readers, whom do those children get to view as a hero? And this ladies and gentlemen, is where you will find the answer to how I came up with the title of my blog.  Every kid needs a hero and for any kid who is struggling to find one in his or her life--for whatever reason, I hope that I can be the “hero role-model” for him or her to look up to. 

I have included two other inspirations behind the naming of my blog.  The first is a picture of my sister and me before going to see Man of Steel last summer, along with a picture of me when I was just a “Little Superman.”  If you already know me or if you read my “About Me” section then you know that I am a HUGE superhero nerd.  I have been a fan of Superman since before I can remember and throughout the years, Superman has become a part of who I am.  Another inspiration I included is a TED Talk video titled Every Kid Needs a Champion.  If you have never watched this TED Talk then I highly encourage you to do so.  While watching it simply replace champion with hero and ask yourself, whose hero are you? :)


  1. Thanks so much for your comments on my blog!! I am in LOVE with your blog theme!! Totally rocks. Every kid absolutely needs a hero!! Your kids are so lucky to have you as their teacher.
    Can't wait to see what else your blog/teaching journey has in store!

    Learning to be awesome

  2. Thank you so much for your comment!! I am always looking to grow professionally, so last week I decided that I wanted to start blogging about my adventures. I was up and running this week and already love the blogging community. I am beyond excited to see what the future holds in this new world full of positive support, new ideas, and great people!

    Steve :)

  3. I love that speech by Rita Pierson!! One of my favorites! BTW... I got ahold of your Design an App freebie last night (rushed home from the gym so I could download it!) and it is fantastic!!! Great job!!!

    Coffee and Lesson Plans

  4. It is definitely a great speech!! And aww, thank you for the download/compliment, Ashley! Glad that I could provide you with a resource that will help you and your students :) as a side note... you might want to try and re-download the app packet because I actually noticed a question mark that did not belong where I had it! Whoops. If you have any problems, please let me know and we can fix it. Would LOVE to have your feedback on TpT!!!! Looking forward to following you and your teaching adventures!


  5. I love the theme of your blog as well! I think that is one of the best goals as a teacher is to be a hero/role model for their students! Especially now-a-days, I feel like so many students don't get the support they need from home, and sometimes as teachers we've got to put aside the homework grades and step in and remember the bigger picture and be there for our students!

    Love and the Librarian

  6. Thanks so much for the blog compliment! I think it's pretty obvious that I couldn't agree with you more about students needing a hero and I'm beyond happy to see how many people agree. :)

  7. Hi dear! I just found your blog through Instagram, so I had to comment. :) As a guy, you probably don't want to hear this, but your blog is so cute! Congrats on even just starting a blog - it's a huge commitment and I'm still making my way through the bows of the internet. Newest follower!
    Have a great day.


  8. Haha, I think you meant that my blog looks MANLY and inspirational! Just kidding...I am perfectly okay with my blog being cute because I absolutely love it!!! I am a huge superhero fan, so that was definitely part of the inspiration behind my blog! The other reasoning behind it is that I 100% feel like all kids need a hero and I hope I can be a teacher hero if any student doesn't have a hero somewhere else. Thank you so much for joining me on my adventures of blogging and teaching :) I am looking forward to joining you on your journey as well!!