I Am a Teacher.

Of course, I want my students to become master craftsmen in the arts of reading, writing, and mathematics. I will bust-my-bottom every single day so that each of them are successful.

But what is most important to me, for each and every student in my circle-of-influence to learn this year are…

the same skills that we all started learning in kindergarten.

  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don’t hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
  • Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
  • When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  • Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • If the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand. Everything is still possible.

― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

If my students begin to comprehend the world a little clearer because of the mastery of the art that I love, and I- in some small way- can continue to allow these ten truths to become planted a little deeper into their lives, then I will be allowed to boldly proclaim… “This Year, I Am a Teacher.”

Written for The Daily Post: The Art and Craft of Blogging: Learning




The Word for 2016

Innovative... to make changes in… to try for the very first time…

This year- 2016- is going to be a year of innovation for me. Our classes are establishing our first writer’s blog. We are going to take the school’s Writing Guild into the 22nd century!

Our class is going to create a new digital magazine for future classrooms to use as a resource. We will be writing biographies of important men and women in the history/ science classes, conducting a green screen interview dramatization, completing a study guide for our biographies, use the program Cahoots to create a study session, and writing an assessment for the future student body to prove that they have acquired knowledge of each of our researched men and women.

I will not only be learning- and hoping to master- producing green-screen videos, I will be using Cahoots, Nearpod, and Socrative as classroom tools for teaching.

I hope to stretch myself and start up my own YouTube Channel.

As you can see, this year… I am shooting for the stars!

Please click the lovely BLUE FROG. 

Written to Introduce Myself. Requirements: Pick a word to describe the year in front of you.