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!

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

To Correct, or Not to Correct?

This year, I started a new elective class called “Digital Literacy” that focuses on building the core digital literacy skills and, specifically, working on our school’s online newspaper. Later on, I’ll do a series of posts about the creation, implementation, and benefits of the school newspaper. For today, however, I want to put into writing a question I’ve been considering since starting the newspaper:  How thoroughly should I edit student articles before they are posted? Continue reading

The Problem with Becoming a Comfortable Teacher

In my first year of teaching (even most of my second), every day I stepped into the classroom, I stepped out of my comfort zone. In my third year, I’ve noticed that I feel pretty comfortable, and the day to day work of being a teacher feels normal. This isn’t a bad thing in itself, but I’ve found that feeling comfortable as a teacher has re-sensitized me to leaving my comfort zone. I really believe that you should do things that make you feel uncomfortable (to varying degrees) as often as you can in order to grow and avoid the dreaded rut. Continue reading