Featured Teacher: Ali Schackow

By Giggle Magazine
1st Grade
This is my first year
All subjects which include reading, math, writing, social studies and science.
Why were you inspired to teach?

I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. I love working with children, and I want to make a big difference in their lives.

What is your favorite part of the school day?

My favorite part of the school day is morning meeting where we greet each student, and they are able to share something exciting. This really helped build our classroom community.

Do you have a favorite assignment/ project that you typically assign your students?
I really liked using “special student” this year. This is where each student was able to be celebrated. We all wrote the special student letters, which I made into a book, and they got to bring in different things to share each day of their week. The students loved it, and it was a great way to get to know each other better.How do you wind down after a long day of teaching?
I usually go to Orange Theory after school, and then I like to find fun recipes to cook for dinner.What do you like to do outside of teaching?
I like to spend time with my family and friends, cook new recipes, cheer on the gators and go to the beach.Share a funny teaching moment/day.
A funny moment I had this year was when one of my students asked me if I had a job!

If you were a superhero, who would you be?
I think all teachers are superheroes! It’s a hard job but it is very worth it.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book to read to my students is “The Magical Yet” because it has a great message about not giving up when things get hard.
If you could give parents 3 pieces of advice to help their kids over the summer keep up with their learning, what would it be?
Faith that I am making a difference; trust that I am answering a calling; hope that I can shine some light into someone else’s darkness; joy in the little moments and love for every child.Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Definitely keep learning fun and creative things, and explore books and other topics around your child’s interests. This will keep them motivated to keep learning. Children can also learn a lot through playing and hands-on experiences.

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