I’ve been saying for almost 3 years now that I need to start my own teacher blog, and I even made an attempt on Edublog, although some may consider 3 posts a rather poor attempt. So, with the upcoming New Year comes a fresh start with a basic blog and, when I get comfortable, I will upgrade if necessary to make it fancier. I don’t think I will ever reach the level of hardcore education bloggers, but at the very least I want a blog to call my own.
I guess I should provide a little background info before I just start blogging about teaching or anything education related. I’m not a fresh-out-of-college-first-year teacher baby, and I’m not a 30+ year-ready-to-retire-veteran, either. I have, however, been teaching high school English in Texas for about 11 years now, and have taught 9th-12th grade at 6 public high schools. Just recently I have been given the title of our campus’ “Digital Literacy Lead”, which means I get to answer a lot of questions about the copy machine or printers in the building. I also consider myself an advocate for students both in my district and my state, and do my best to attend and testify at key education committee hearings. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in 2002 and my Master’s in 2009, but I’m convinced neither has prepared me for the daily challenges I face in my classroom. I am constantly, CONSTANTLY researching and reading teaching tips, tricks, testimonials, etc. to become a stronger teacher. My students are my guinea pigs and sometimes that’s good and sometimes it’s a “learning experience” for everyone!
My hope is that this blog gives anyone with a remote interest in education (public or not) a glimpse into what life is like for a somewhat experienced teacher that is still trying to learn new ways to approach teaching on a daily basis. I mostly want to connect with like-minded educators of any level, and show aspiring teachers that teaching is WORK, and at some point, teaching becomes your world.