Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas

We are on CHRISTMAS break and will not return to the classroom until January 3, 2011.

As we approach the end of 2010, I wanted to take a few minutes and reflect on the year. This has been an interesting year for changes in my school district. We are seeing positive and negative effects from NCLB mandates. Positive effects include a new teacher evaluation instrument that really focuses on teacher improvement; using WISE (Ways to Improve School Effectiveness (This is what school improvement should have been about all along and its a free resource!).

I started on my Master's Degree (one reason my blogging has not been up-to-date), I really worked on differentiation in the classroom.  I am on the Math Curriculum writing team and the Teacher Advisory Committee to the superintendent. I am also the team leader for 4th and 5th grade and the treasurer for our school's Student Activity Fund.

WOW! When I write it all down, I am stretched thin. New Years Resolution: Start saying NO!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Class Song

I was on Victoria Zasztal's weblog and her comments on "Making Your Mark" really intrigued me. We all have a story to tell and mine is not pretty. The important thing is that through adversity, I made a descion to be somebody and to make a difference in the world. I had a teacher tell me that I would never amount to anything and I remember thinking, "That's what you think! I'll show you!" and I did. I graduated college summa cum laude and I am now National Board Certified. This year, I began working on my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.These are a few of my accomplishments and I am so fortunate that along the way I did have people who believed in me.

I have decided to use the "I Was Here" by Lady Antebellum as our class song. I am always looking for ways to bond the students in the classroom into a cohesive community. I tell all of my students that they are unique and wonderfully made individuals and that each of them has a contribution to make to the world. I also tell them that without them the world would be a different place.  Our class creed supports the words in this song.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Giving Credit

I have had a website or a blog since 2000.  I built my first website from scratch using Front Page. I began surfing the web to find ideas to help me build my site. Below is a list of incredible site owners whose ideas I've incorporated into my websites or blogs or used in the classroom.
Beth Newingham
Angela Bunyi
Victoria Zasztal
Heather Renz
Angela Powell
Brent Coley
Mariely Sanchez
Leslie Nettling
Mrs. Passetto
Emily Shea
Mandy Gregory

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Never To Old To Learn

Well, I finally did it! I signed up to complete a Master's Degree program in Educational Leadership. I completed my first assignment and I think that I am going to like this online learning. In the meantime I am really synced about the upcoming school year. I recently attended the Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas and I had a blast. I learned so much and I am so ready to start implementing the strategies and ideas that the presenters gave us. It is my hope to chronicle the year as I implement what I learned at the conference in my classroom this year. I will also talk about my own personal educational journey. Here's to those of us who truly believe, "Every Student Can Learn!"