I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2013 with a Master’s in Education, B.A. in History and a minor in Classical Civilizations. I was ready for the workforce. I was ready to change lives with students. I applied EVERYWHERE in Massachusetts (even a couple in southern New Hampshire and Maine). I bought the outfits, went over … Continue reading Bringing My Passion into the Classroom
One of the latest “crazes” out there in education right now (and has been for a while) is gamification. In her article What is Gamification and Why Use It in Teaching?, Macie Hall defines gamification as “the application of typical elements of game playing (rules of play, point scoring, competition with others) to other areas … Continue reading Welcome to the (Semi) Amazing Race
It’s my final Thursday before the school year ends! It’s a very odd and blissful feeling. Here comes summer time, the time where I catch up with family and friends, spend time at the lake, do a little bit of travelling (like heading out to NCGE with the #worldgeochat crew), and binge-watching Netflix shows. I’ve … Continue reading Bring On Summer Reading!
As educators, we are more than curriculum drivers. We are character builders, supporters, shoulders to lean on, authoritative figures, mother and father figures, and so much more. We choose this profession not only to share our passions in our subjects. We also want to help build the future by aiding in the development of strong … Continue reading Building Empathy
2 Years (Almost) Down, Many to Go (Thursday, June 1) I often hear that the first year of teaching is the hardest year. New policies, getting used to actually having your own classroom, and the students! I’ll agree that last year (my first day) was no picnic at the beginning. I was hired the day … Continue reading 2 Years (Almost) Down, Many To Go
Field trips are part of the whole school experience. You get excited to pack up that bag lunch, maybe not bring your backpack to school (too cool for that!), and be the kid that brings the huge bag of goldfish or Sour Patch Kids to share with the entire bus. I personally believe that field … Continue reading Let’s Go Exploring!
Summer is 23 school days away (who's counting?). 23 school days left to make deeper connections, enjoy student talents, create memories, and make an impact on my current students. So much can happen in the next 23 school days, and I am taking it all in stride. But with 23 school days left, I'm beginning … Continue reading Those Summer Nights
Tomorrow, May 12, is Mental Health Awareness Day. In correlation with our school’s focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), we are honoring this ½ day of school by having students attend workshops led by us teachers to help them learn new ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and growth mindset. I’m leading chair yoga with … Continue reading Battling an Internal Storm
With the technology that is available nowadays, the world is truly at our fingertips. Thanks to social media and video conferencing, I can stay in touch with my friends in Thailand, chat and organize with the fellow #worldgeochat moderators, and have conversations with friends and family from all over the world. This week on Tuesday … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – Connecting Students Globally
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! First off, May the Fourth be with you all! The “fourth,” strength and inspiration has been with me all week with Teacher Appreciation Week, and what a week it’s been. For our school, we are 33 school days away from the last day of school. With 33 school days left, we … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week