- School (for me) starts one week from today.
- Um, I haven’t posted anything since March!!!
First, I’ll talk a little bit about why I have been MIA. As I start my fifteenth (!!!!) year teaching I’m only just getting it into my head that life cannot be only about school. I have basically always given over my existence to education---obviously in the teacher sense, but outside of the classroom as well. This year (2014-2015) will be my first year not advising anything, not coaching anything, and not being an officer in our local union. Just me teaching or thinking about teaching or working on things related to teaching. Ahhh!!!! My hope is that this will help me to be a better teacher but also to be a better human and hopefully a happier teacher and human!
That’s not to say that I don’t already have plans for some extra things. Currently, I am in a Graphite Accelerator Program which is sponsored by NYSCATE and Common Sense Media. My plan is to then become a Graphite Certified Educator. I’ll be talking more about this in a future post but in the mean time you can check out my profile here.
I’ve registered for Ed Tech Team Hudson Valley Summit, featuring Google for Education. This is a two day conference in Warwick, NY on October 23-24. You can see more about it here. This will help me with one of my goals to become a Google Certified Teacher.
I’m also planning on going to the NCSS Annual Conference in Boston this November. It will be my first time going to this conference and I’m extremely excited!
Inside the classroom I’ll be working on refining my flipped Psychology classes and incorporating more primary source documents and activities into my US History classes. I’m also teaching AIS again in the spring and my goal is to balance my expectations with the reality of the situation and to not beat myself up over things I do not have control over.
My husband and I are planning our first ever trip to Europe next summer and I know that although there’s a lot to do, I’m going to love every minute just fanaticizing about the amazing things I’m going to see while I’m there.
So here’s to a productive, eventful, fun, and healthy school year!