- "What is this word?"
- "Hundr... umm... I don't know that word."
- "What does 'th' say?"
- "/th/... oh hundreths..."
2) It is amazing how much growth my students show on standardized tests when I'm just allowed to teach. I wonder how my other placements would have gone if I wasn't as micro-managed.
3) On that topic, I'm still amazed we live in a country where 100% of teachers need to prove that 100% of the students in their class showed over a year of growth. No other profession is held to that standard. No doctor has to have a 100% patient survival rate, no police officer has to have a 100% crime free district.
4) Even after 18 years of teaching I still do not have a 'set' curriculum. Each class is different, each year leads down a different path. I have material that I integrate, but my lessons always change. This is not a bad thing. It could also be because for the 9th time in 8 years I'll be changing classrooms.
5) Connecting to a Personal Learning Network has been amazing. Using twitter as an educational professional development tool allowed me to grow in ways that no other medium could have done. I was able to give and get feedback and ideas nearly instantly. I went from never using twitter to hosting #MSchat discussion in less than one year. Check out links on the right to see at all the awesome educators you should also be reading!
6) I'm very thankful to the Association for Middle Level Educators to provide such a wonderful conference, as well as Marburn Academy for providing me the opportunity to go there! I made so many professional connections, saw amazing presentations, and met truly passionate middle level educators!
Some #MSchat members at #AMLE2014
8) Teach a student how to solve a rubik's cube and their confidence in EVERYTHING goes up exponentially. I have yet to find any exceptions to this rule.
9) Apparently I have a knack for coming up with a game for any topic and any grade level. I seem to be the go-to person when someone needs a 'fun way' to do this topic. What can I say, I like games!
10) I'm still incredibly proud of our division's Hunger Games Food Drive. Arguably one of my best memories as a classroom teacher.
Positive use of competition
12) After a dozen and a half years I'm still as passionate about teaching as I was when I started. I'm already reading PD books and planning big picture ideas for 2015-2016. It's like it never turns off!
Thank you all for reading my blog this year - it has been quite an experiment for me. I'm not the type that usually publishes my writing, but I hope you have gotten something out of it. I really loved getting the comments, e-mails, and tweets about how my ideas helped you in your class. I'll be posting a bit over the summer and will be back full time in the fall!