Decision time: Who do you want to be?
For so long I have been a supply teacher on a quest for a contract. I joined committees, created websites, attended workshops all to achieve that final goal.
Now that I have part of a contract, with hopefully more to come soon, I am trying to find a new goal.
Today, I was talking to Amy Laidlaw, a teacher and a teacherspayteachers product creator and she was discussing how awesome making products for teacherspayteachers is. Check out her teacherspayteachers store here. I was interested immediately at the idea of making new resources and sharing them. I began googling how to create teacherspayteachers products and watching tutorials. But how much can one person do? What kind of educator do I want to be?
I know I want to become an awesome educator. I want to reflect and continually make changes to my teaching practice to keep on improving.
I know I want to continue to meet with other educators, sharing and discussing all things education.
Right now, I have a lot going on and coming up.
- Teaching for my 2nd year
All of these projects help me become a better educator and share with other educators which is my goal. I need to make sure that when I commit to something, that it is helping me develop into who I want to become and that I have time to do that project well.
Thank you Amy for sharing your passion and encouraging me to try something I would have never thought I could do. I would love to start my own teacherspayteachers store but it will be put on hold for now.
Free Teacher Planner
Last year I really wanted to buy a teaching planner but didn’t want to spend the money and found that all of the premade ones didn’t fit my schedule or what I wanted.
So I created my own! It has:
- fun, inspiration cover
- place for your info
- spot for birthdays
- classroom volunteers
- student/parent contact information
- How students get home
- monthly calendar
- at a glance monthly teaching benchmarks
- pages for staff & grade meetings
- and Notes/ideas pages
For some reason, uploaded onto Google Docs it messes up the pages, so you may have to play around with it a bit. When you download it to Word, the alignment is perfect.
Make sure you print this planner double sided!
Here are some pictures of the planner.
Projects by Jen : A Collaborative, Project Based Gold Mine
I have been following Jen Wagner on Twitter for a while now. I had no idea that she was the mastermind behind Projects by Jen that I just discovered.
Projects by Jen is an online project that occur with Pre K - Grade 6 students. There are so many projects that focus on curriculum based learning objectives but that are fun, collaborative and hands on.
She has project listed from stacking Oreo’s (yum), to counting and tallying pumpkin seeds, to exchanging Holidays cards. All of these projects happen in your classroom as well as online where you skype, tweet, and blog with other classes around the world.
I’m so excited to participate this year! I hope you can join me!
Get Smarter With Your SMART Board
Thank you to Aimee Ford who sent these notes from ETFO Summer Academy “Get Smarter With Your SMART Board https://sites.google.com/site/etfosummeracademy2014/