To Whom It May Concern; For 23 years, I have given my all. I have worked tirelessly for students that didn't appreciate the efforts. Twenty-three years of lesson plans and grading papers. Twenty-three years of providing supplies for students that didn't have any. Twenty-three years of making sure there was food in my cabinet just … Continue reading To Whom It May Concern…
I have been bitten by the creativity bug. Thanks to conversations with Don Eckert (@dayankee) and others around Twitter, I have felt the need to back off and let my kids shine. So gone are my cookie cutter projects where I know exactly what I expect. Gone are my detailed rubrics that put my students … Continue reading Building Bridges
I've been away from this blog for far too long. I realize that this is one of my favorite places. I love sharing what my students are doing. I also love reflecting on my days in the classroom. Now I am on Spring Break and I am wondering when the Break part is going to … Continue reading Spring Break?
One of my classes is a skill building class. The students don't really get math. At some point, they just didn't get what it was all about. Not too long ago, I decided that they needed to see that there was more to life than our textbooks. So I started talking to them about Genius … Continue reading Can I borrow your map?
In my district, we get the entire week of Thanksgiving for Fall Break. I have a lot to do so I am grateful for the time. However, I find myself already having PLN withdrawls. I have made some very good connections with people around the world. I look forward to their tweets everyday. I also … Continue reading A Week Off?
Mrs. Neil, do I have to be on camera? What am I going to say? I want to be up front. These and many more statements flew at me as the first of my students came into 3rd period today. Some were ready, webs in hand. Others decided they didn’t want to participate. Genius Hour … Continue reading The Excitement of Skype
I've been blessed with some really awesome connections lately. One such connection (@ShieldsMolly) mentioned tonight how tired she is of the blog posts about why someone left teaching. I decided to write about why I stay. I stay because I was called to teach. From the time I entered kindergarten I was amazed with teaching. … Continue reading Why I Stay…