This year, I went from teaching one prep to four preps, ranging from 6th Grade Earth Science to 8th Grade Regents Living Environment. Imagine: new school setting, teaching three science subjects I have not taught before, and creating (not one, but four!) new curriculum guides from scratch (again! for the sixth year in a row!). Sounds … Continue reading How Google Classroom Saved My Sanity
Hello, readers! Are you still out there? One of my goals this year was to try to blog more frequently. Obviously, that didn’t pan out very well since my last post dates back to September! To be perfectly honest, I thought about scrapping this blog a few times, but each time I think I’m going to … Continue reading Celebrating Blessings This Christmas Season
Boy, summer flew by fast! I can’t believe that we’re in the middle of September already! Our first week of school has come and gone; the middle school team has served two out of three Open Houses; and we’re now heading into our first science unit in class. This post is a week behind, but … Continue reading My 5 Favorite First Week Middle School Science Activities
This year, I am very excited to be working at a school with a 1:1 Google Chromebook program. It will be a brand new adventure for me as I learn with my Grade 6 students on how to use the Chromebooks; experiment with learning management systems like Schoology for my Grades 7 and 8 students; create … Continue reading 5 #EdTech Tools I’ll Be Using This New School Year
Earlier this year, my career and motivational coach–Coach Durham– told me two things that changed my life. His first piece of advice: “Who do you want to be? How do you want to be remembered? Write your own tombstone epitaph and live your life accordingly.” I sat at that chair and stared at the blank piece … Continue reading Who Am I To Me? Who Will I Be To You? Personal Goal Setting for 2015-2016
It’s hard to believe we’re already through the first week of August! Some young learners and fellow teachers are already back in school. I wish them all an exciting and very productive school year. In an attempt to create a more regular habit of writing, this post focuses more on my personal goals and what I’ve been … Continue reading Goodbye July, Hello August!
Back again, with a quick review of my last three days at Cornell University’s Institute for Biology Teachers Summer Workshop (#CIBT2015)! Day 3 of #CIBT2015 was spent mostly in Snee Hall exploring various biology labs such as The Tooth Kit, The Spice Lab, DNA Modeling, and a fun CSI activity called “The Case of the … Continue reading Geeking Out at CIBT 2015 (Days 3-5)