Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My First Post!

After browsing Pinterest and all the awesome blogs out there, I caved in and decided to start my own. It is what all the cool kids are doing, right?

I'm in my fourth year of teaching. In that time, I've taught 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th grade; science, math, social studies, and language arts. I'm currently teaching 4th grade math, science, and social studies.

I like to think I'm organized. Now, I'm nothing compared to the organization gurus out there, flaunting their perfect classrooms. My box Kleenex is out of place sometimes. I've got science supplies scattered on the floor around my desk as I prepare lessons for the other teachers. But I'm trying to get better. Like any teacher, I would love a perfectly organized classroom. And in August, my room looks amazing. But then the kids come. Then we start learning things, and doing experiments, and having fun, and learning life lessons. So as they say, "Pardon the mess. The children are making memories." Indeed.

I also don't make all my own worksheets and activities. Why reinvent the wheel when that wheel over there works just fine? I'll make some of my own, and those I'll post here to share. What I do love to do, though, is make PowerPoints and SmartBoard lessons. I would even go so far as to say that would by my niche. I love incorporating technology into my classroom. Of course I'm not as good as a lot of bloggers out there, but I'm trying, and I'm learning, and I'm getting better.

So, what is my blog going to consist of? I don't really know. Perhaps organizational ideas. Lesson ideas. Experiments. Classroom management techniques. Technology. Worksheets. A soapbox to vent all my daily frustrations. I'll just be going with the flow, posting whatever comes to mind, and pretend it's on the lesson plan. I am getting pretty good at that. :-)

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