Catching Up

Hello all! It’s been over FOUR MONTHS since my last post. A big part of why is because of how busy my summer was. A lot of exciting things have been happening, both personally and professionally. Personally, my summer consisted of getting a new car (out of necessity, unfortunately), moving, and, most importantly, getting engaged! Professionally, I’ve moved on from my 10th Grade English position to a 7th Grade Reading position at Salisbury Middle School in Allentown. It’s been absolutely awesome so far, and this transition is giving me the opportunities and room to keep growing as an educator, as well as affording me the chance to work with a different age group.

I’m focusing a lot of my resources this year on implementing a meaningful reading workshop two or three days a week, continuing to expand my understanding and implementation of PBL opportunities for students, and working with others in the district to create a “school within a school” model that will push the boundaries of what a school can be, with the goal of creating exciting, innovative, and meaningful experiences for students and teachers. In my last post, about my summer goals, I laid out three things I want to accomplish: revamping my classroom library, getting my Google Educator Level 2 certification, and creating some sort of database of teaching strategies. All of these are in progress, and I’ll continue to update. It’s going to be an exciting year, and I look forward to sharing the highlights!

#SummerGoals

I’m always comparing school and sports, and the school year is a very long, sometimes grueling season. There are things I think of doing during the school year that I know won’t get done until the summer, when the offseason starts and I have a chance to rest, recuperate, and focus on getting better for next year. I have three things in particular I want to accomplish that are getting me excited for the summer: Continue reading

A Cringeworthy Memory…and What I’ve Learned Since

The past two weekends I’ve been at college graduations, one for my brother and one for my girlfriend’s sister. (Congrats Jake and Kirst!) Sitting in those unceremoniously long ceremonies, I started to think about my own mindset shortly after I graduated…

What Am I Doing With My Life?

The year was 2012, and I was just starting to seriously consider my future career. Through a network of connections, I was put in touch with the Superintendent of a local district who was gracious enough to talk to a recent grad he didn’t know about education. I knew I was interested in the field, and being a teacher had been rolling around in my head since I was in high school, but in that hazy and overwhelming period of time shortly after graduating college, I needed some guidance.  I emailed the Superintendent introducing myself, after which I asked him the question that still makes me cringe: Continue reading

Teaching App: Padlet

padlet_logo_jit-288x300Padlet is a simple and powerful way to let students collaborate through a digital interface. Plus, setup is super easy; after you create an account, you can make a new Padlet and share the link with students, who do not need accounts to contribute.  When students follow the link, they will be taken to a blank page with the Padlet title in the top left.  From there, all they have to do is double click in the blank space to create a sticky note in which they can write their ideas. The coolest part is that, similar to Google apps, all changes can be viewed in real time by all contributors, allowing students to see the class’s collaborative document developing instantaneously.  Continue reading