March 28, 2012

My Worst Critic

I am my worst critic. I always want to be perfect. Yes, I am aware that is not an option but I still strive. I've recently been taking a long hard look at some of my first resources. Wow! I have learned so much. (And I still have a lot more to learn.) I winced a little (a lot) this last week as I tried to bring some of my older resources up to my higher standards. Some are still a work in progress.

My Questions:
Does anyone else do this? At what point do you say enough? How often do you go back and update? Who do you believe is your worst critic?  Does anyone else beat themselves up? I'm not talking about the walking into things and tripping. I do that too. (Really I think gravity just hates me.) If you get a chance or feel inspired, please answer some of my questions.

I am pleased to say despite all my complaining, I have updated my Pirate Text Features Treasure Packet. I discovered it had a couple of errors. (Sigh) Hopefully this time I got them all. What can I say? I have a love hate relationship with grammar. I love it and it hates me. Check it out as it is one of my top sellers.


  1. I think teachers are predisposed to be perfectionists...we just have to do the best we can each day =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Yes, I'm my worst critic, I am always reevaluating and feeling guilty that I didn't know that I should have taught X this way instead of that way. Or feeling guilty because I don't get to all of the neat activities that I want to do. If I could start this year over, I'd teach it so differently! But, I think that's the nature of teaching - reflecting on what works and doesn't and changing the game plan for next time. I have to console myself with "I did the best that I knew to do." and just know that my kiddos are learning in spite of me not being perfect!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  3. My goal is to perfect what I do as a first grade teacher, but in reality, I know this will never happen. I'm not bothered by it though, because it keeps me moving and growing and learning. It means that my future students are always going to learn from a better version of myself, and I can't worry too much that the past 18 years of students didn't get that opportunity. Jennifer is right. They will learn in spite of me. :) Good questions!

    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  4. Just found your blog and I'm your newest member. I hope you will return the favor and check out mine. I am hosting a multi-blog/TPTer Spring Break Giveaway that ends tomorrow night at 7:00.

    Come on over, introduce yourself, and enter! :0)

    I am a perfectionist also...and am SO struggling with the looks of my blog. Yours is so cute!


  5. I'm shaking my head with "yes, yes, yes." I am my own worst critic also. Yes, I have also revisited (and still do) some of my originals and realize they need work. My real goal is to get the originals the way I want them this summer when I have more time, then LEAVE THEM. Hmmmm....Wonder how that'll work out for me.
    Love your blog. Happy I found it while I was out "stalking" today. :-) Have added myself to your followers. Enjoy connecting with other teachers. I'm a 3rd grade teacher in Knoxville, Tn. 'SWING' on over sometime to say hi and/or grab some freebies. Michelle