You may have noticed that my last post was more than a year ago. Last fall, I stepped away from the classroom and took a position as an Instructional Coach for grades k-2. I really enjoyed working with teachers and helping them be more effective in the classroom. This year, however, I’m back in the classroom.
But not in Irving. We decided to move closer to family in west Texas and are now living in Guthrie. It is a much smaller community than where we were, but we have settled in very well and are enjoying the peace and serenity of country life.
My husband is the technology director for the school here and I will be teaching writing for K-5 and conducting a science lab once a week for K-3. I have a full plate, but I am looking forward to the challenge.
I have been playing around with ideas of how I can use this blog in my classroom and I think I have finally decided on what to do. You’ll notice on the sidebar that I have pages for the science labs that I will be conducting. These science labs are focusing on key vocabulary words for each grade level. So when you go to those pages, you will see definitions and examples of the vocabulary words we have been exploring.
I’m very excited about how I am going to be incorportating technology into my writing class. Each six weeks, my students will be using different forms of publishing to create a final draft of their writing. Of course we will use the traditional pencil/paper. 🙂 We will also be publishing right here on the blog. You can find those pieces of writing on the page called “Publications”. Some of the publications may simply be a blog post, while others will be documents that we have uploaded to the blog. The final way we will be publishing our writing is through podcasting. Student podcasts can be found on the “podcasts” page.
The home page of my blog will be more for teachers. I will be using it to share new ideas on literacy in the classroom – digital and otherwise.
I’m excited about all the new learning that will be taking place and that my students will have a worldwide audience to share their stories with.
This is going to be a great year!