In college I took a lot of education course. Haha. I sure hope I did since I wanted to be a teacher! No, but really, in my first education course I learned a very valuable lesson.
All good teachers are excellent thieves.
Yep, it's true. A good teacher doesn't make up her own projects, design her own worksheets, create her own lesson plans. Nope. She steals them. And modifies them. As a teacher, I never started from scratch. I had websites that I scoured, looking for ideas for each lesson that I would be teaching. I would find something I liked and say, "That's good, but this part won't work with my students." So, I would change it. I used what would work and changed what wouldn't. Often the finished product looked nothing like what I was copying from, but the original helped to get me started. And I know that other teachers took things from me and changed them to fit their students. That's how it works when you're a teacher. We're always collaborating, always sharing.
I take the same approach in pretty much every area of my life. People think I'm creative. They are so wrong! I don't think I have a creative bone in my body. But I do know how to copy! You like my Christmas cards? Oh, well, thank you, I saw them on Shutterfly and tweaked it to something that is more "us." You think my shower gift was so cute? Thanks, I read about someone doing something similar for a different occasion and I thought I could do it for you. I'm a really good thief. I trick people into thinking I'm creative. Heh, heh, heh.
Just like this Father's Day card I made for Brad this year:
My mom sent me to this blog for some other ideas and I saw this card on there. I knew I had to make it for Brad. It's so fitting. I'm actually hesitant to tell you about this blog because there are several other ideas that I plan on stealing in the near future. Now you will know my secret. And not think I am so original. Or creative. But, oh well. Maybe you will forget.